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During Sony’s Tokyo Game Show press conference, Kou Shibusawa, a producer for Koei Tecmo announced a release date for Nioh. The game is to launch worldwide on February 9, 2017.

It has been a long road for Nioh. First announced by Koei back in 2004, the game was to be based on an unfinished script by legendary film-maker Akira Kurosawa titled Oni. A few years later it was announced that the now called Ni-Oh would come to the PlayStation 3, slated for a release just months after the console’s launch back in 2006.

After obviously not being released, it wasn’t until 2009 that anything on the game was heard, Koei confirmed that the game was still in development. In 2010 after Koei and Tecmo merged to form Koei Tecmo it was announced that Team Ninja would now handle development and finish the game.

By 2015 at The Tokyo Game Show the game was re-revealed as Nioh and was now to be a PlayStation 4 title. After a public alpha demo was held that lasted from April 26, 2016, to May 5, 2016, and a public beta demo that ran from August 23, 2016, to September 6, 2016, we finally have a release date of February 9, 2017.

After being the first release date to be announced for any PlayStation 3 game, Nioh will, hopefully, now come out in 2017. It is worth mentioning that there is also a Nioh collector’s edition, but at this time it seems to only be available in Japan. The first-print copies of the game will come with a code for an Armor set. These first-print are likely to be released worldwide due to the international release being planned.

With such a long development it is inevitable that the game has gone through various iterations. Nioh now seems to be a mixture of Ninja Gaiden and Dark Souls. The game’s brutal difficulty isn’t all too surprising when you think about these two game styles merging.

A trailer released at E3 2016 can be seen below that gives a good look at what the game is like now.

Are you interested in Nioh? Have you been following the game since it was first announced back in 2004? How to you think the game looks now? Let us know in the comments below.

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