Team Ninja’s Nioh releases worldwide on 9 February 2017, announced Koei Tecmo at TGS 2016. The Souls-like action-RPG will have players controlling the white-haired English samurai, William Adams, as he duels bandits and yokai across Sengoku-era Japan.
Helmed by veteran producer and Koei Tecmo CEO, Kou Shibusawa, Nioh has gained a loyal fan following after successful alpha and beta testing in April and August this year. The game blends certain core mechanics of Dark Souls with high-octane move sets akin to Ninja Gaiden, taking into consideration weapon type and stance. There’s even a guardian system involving elemental spirits, each with passive abilities of their own.
Granting some authenticity to the setting are characters inspired by historical figures, examples being the ninja Hattori Hanzo and the feudal lord Tachibana Muneshige. Even William himself is based on an actual English sailor that settled in Japan, officially recognized as one of the few foreign samurai.
The TGS 2016 trailer gives screen time to the female ninja Okatsu and Japan’s first shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, as well as a peek at new guardian spirits and an English-speaking antagonist.
Judging by the recently concluded beta, Team Ninja have been carefully listening to community feedback for its tweaks and changes. With the release still months away, the team should have adequate time to bring Nioh to its full potential.
Nioh will only be available for the PlayStation 4.