Dynasty Warriors 5 announced

But still no sign of Blake Carrington!

Koei have almost stopped the world turning with the shock announcement that Dynasty Warriors 5 is in development for the PS2.

The release, scheduled for Europe in the summer of 2005, marks the next full instalment of the tactical action series and also spells the end for all those Dynasty Warriors 4 spin-offs.

Based on Luo Guanzhong's historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the series takes players back in time and onto the battlefields of ancient China, fighting single-handedly against nearly endless legions of enemy soldiers.

Dynasty Warriors 5 is being developed by KOEI's internal team Omega Force, who probably count Dynasty Warriors releases to help them fall asleep.

No further details are revealed yet, but if the sequel doesn't include massive-scale historical battles stuffed full of loads of generals whose names we can't pronounce, we'll eat our Ming vase.