With a sword in one hand and a history book in the other, Tecmo Koei has announced Dynasty Warriors 8 for a summer release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

The game comes out on July 16, and it brings back the fodder-cutting action in ancient China the series is known for.

Dynasty Warriors 8 also introduces "What If?" scenarios that depart from the franchises' traditional focus on the Three Kingdoms story. Regardless of the different outcomes in this mode, we imagine history will once again be written in blood.