During the PlayStation Live coverage of E3, Koei Tecmo provided more information on the recently revealed Nioh 2.

Game director Fumihiko Yasuda thoroughly outlined the goal regarding the development of Nioh 2, stating that creating a proper, natural evolution from the first game was imperative. The outcome didn’t result in dramatic or outwardly massive changes but improved upon the weaknesses of the original. While the team was content over the success of Nioh, they took to this sequel to emulate the tidbits they wished they had included initially.

Team Ninja is known for reacting action games, while Nioh was more of a role-playing game, which Yasuda noted as a point of contention, as the balancing of the new approach wasn’t perfected. Falling into that nascent genre known as the souls-like it bridges the area between action games and more traditional rpgs.

The story that the latest addition to the series is following ties in with that of the first, but those who didn’t get a chance to experience it will still be able to follow and understand the story-line.

One of the most notable improvements Nioh 2 offers comes with the inclusion of a character creator. Upon being one of the most requested additions from fans, users will now be able to determine the race, gender, and aesthetic design of their ninja. Another addition comes in the form of the power of Toukai, which will grant players with a newly improved action system.

Geared with the experience earned through developing their first RPG, Team Ninja aims to go into this new project with their gloves off and come as close as they can to realizing their vision in full.

No release date has been confirmed just yet, and the only platform confirmed . Nioh was initially released on PlayStation 4, though, meaning Nioh 2 should be as well. The trailer hasn’t revealed any major advancements that sets itself apart from its predecessor, but given the studio’s word, we’re sure it’s bound to offer some good katana-wielding fun.


Tiffany Cullen

Staff Writer

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