After being announced as a PS3 game in 2004, Nioh has endured a troubled development. However, two quality demo’s released earlier this year were far from emblematic of this, with many gamers and pundits coining it as the samurai Dark Souls.
Additionally, a Deluxe Edition of the game has been announced which includes a season pass featuring three mission add-ons that will feature new weapons, story, enemies, and equipment, as well as a PSN avatar set. The edition has only been announced for Japan so far, but it’s safe to assume it will be coming west soon as well. Details about its content are scarce at the moment.
Nioh stars protagonist William Adams, a man who travels to Japan to become a samurai.
“Players will discover a deep and enticing world that blends history and Japanese folklore. The tough gameplay pits players against daunting and overpowering creatures, and encourages them to learn their enemies’ tactics to gain the advantage in battle,” Team Ninja has said about the game.
“The protagonist, William, is not alone against the perilous Yokai, as he will be accompanied by a diverse cast of characters who will aid him on his travels across Japan. Hanzo Hattori, the head of a famous ninja clan, is William’s guide through the country. Ginchiyo Tachibana (wife of Muneshige, the head of the Tachibana clan) will also help William on his quest with her skilled fighting abilities.”
Nioh will launch February 9th exclusively on the PlayStation 4.
I’m immensely jazzed about this game, even though I tend to shy away from brutally unforgiving games. However, that release date puts in close proximity to Persona 5 and Horizon Zero Dawn — a big mistake, and one that I imagine will hurt its sales. It will at least delay me from buying for quite some time.
Tyler Fischer is a Senior Writer for MONG who plays video games when he’s not busy researching alien conspiracy theories at 2AM. You can find him on Twitter.