Speaking of which, I think the XL and Empires editions should be released in the forms of DLCs alongside as retail discs, similiar to what Capcom is doing with Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen. If you have DW8, all you have to do is pay something like 49.99 to download the XL expansion. Or if you didn't by DW8, you can buy DW8: XL as a seperate retail disc, that includes all the content from DW8 + XL's added content. Empires would be pretty much the same thing. If you bought DW8 and downloaded the XL expansion, you can download the Empires expansion and so forth.
XL expansion would include content such as -Additional characters -At least 3 new historical/what-if stages in story mode -Conquest/Musou (whatever it's called) mode
Empires -Additional characters -At least 1 new historical/what-of stages in story mode -CAW -Empire mode
yea, i think that for DW8XL and DW8E, they should just make them downloadable expansions that are basically major add ons to the main game. with DW8 being made available for download in japan, when 8XL comes around they will need to do a digital formatted version to merge with DW8 anyway. and chances are if you own the disk version of the game, that would work with it as well.
they could do the same thing with empires and then your set.l
XL should just be dropped and become a large DLC expansion pack instead. Empires should become a gold edition that adds all released DLC content into the vanilla game and opens up Empires mode. This way we can have everything updated at the end, instead of missing Xu Shu and having Gan Ning, Zhu Rong etc. being clones in the DW7 main game and having new movesets in Empires.