I may move this to the DW section in a day or two depending on other replies.
Xiahou Ren wrote:I took a glimpse of the latest DW8 character, and still think he's a terrible miscast, even compared to Liu Shan.
Actually, that was a brilliant move by Koei to include Liu Shan. I would more say Ping is on the level of the Qiao's.
Xiahou Ren wrote:But from what I've seen so far, DW games seems to based from the novel, not the actual history.
Yes koei tends to borrow novel but they do increasingly use history. Or their own imagination,
I'm going to split my answer in four parts as the question sort of covers a few area's:
1) Why won't they cut him: Koei tried in DW6 to reform the game and so cut a few characters. The reform wasn't enough and there was sheer anger from many fans over the cuts. If you want a reaction on a DW site, do a "should anyone be cut" or "If you had to cut someone out" thread then flee for the hills.
The move in 7 away from individual stories to kingdom stories proved a big success so that has probably helped koei keep characters without the headaches the larger roster used to provide and so they hope they never have to deal with the pitch-forks and flaming torches. There may come a time when they have to look at cuts again but till then, nobody (no matter how much koei might regret adding them) will get cut.
2) Novel Guan Ping: I actually quite liked Guan Ping, he was one of my first 3k usernames. He is mostly a task monkey along with Liu Feng granted but when called upon, he does quite well and during the invasion of Fan, he emerges as a somewhat intelligent figure. I don't think fair to say a trained monkey could do the job or the comparison with novel failures though yes, he is used in Fan to bring out more in other characters as well as emerging himself. He is hardly a big figure though, even in the fateful Fan camapign he is indeed one among many.
3) Why add him in the first place: DW4 added Yue Ying, 5 added Ping and Xing Cai so I would guess that koei felt 1) they had the core characters already and 2) they/their audience didn't want figures like Fa Zheng who would corrupt the eternal goodness of Shu (koei admitted their recent Fatisuma poll surprised them with the amount of controversial/dark figures that got high votes). So the Shu strategy seems to have been adding figures who could go into the Wuzhang era, young and connected to major/popular Shu figures.
Ping probably seemed a safe choice to balance out the two gambles. Son of the very popular (in the east) Guan Yu and with cultural appeal behind him, enough battles to use, a nice enough persona they can use had they wanted to (which they didn't seem to). Throw in the romance with Xing Cai as well that they decided to add. Granted, they could have had Wang Ping or someone stronger like that but think the family relations/culture won out there.
4) A mistake? Yes. The other two have had better impressions, Yue Ying for her strong first entrence even though koei has messed that up since, Xing Cai has been a master-stroke. Guan Ping is forgotten. I'm not sure koei really thought this one through, how to make him shine in his short life span and with figures like Wang Ping, Meng Da, Liu Feng and others they could have done instead, it seems a mistake.
His DW persona is nice enough (was irritating at first) but instantly forgettable, they don't really use him pre Jing and so relies on him shining a lot in one or two battles, he gets little chance to build bonds outside his family, his part in that love triangle is badly done (the idea of having one is fine, a longer living character and better execution is required) and just seems one of those characters koei does out of obligation.
What hasn't helped is koei's obsession with Guan Yu's family in recent games. Xing, Suo (and his stalker BSN), Yuanping have all been added and we wait for DW9 to announce Guan Yu's wife/butler/friend he once met. That has created a bit of a backlash in the west and further limits room for manoeuvre for Ping.
“You, are a rebellious son who abandoned his father. You are a cruel brigand who murdered his lord. How can Heaven and Earth put up with you for long? And unless you die soon, how can you face the sight of men?”