Koei Tecmo re-revealed Nioh, a game first announced for PlayStation 3 in 2005, as a PlayStation 4-exclusive title due out in 2016 at SCEJA Press Conference 2015.
Nioh is a dark action RPG where players will take on difficult missions in a Japanese-style Sengoku world full of yokai.
Here’s the official rundown:
The player is a “blonde, blue-eyed samurai” named William who finds himself in Japan while chasing a longtime nemesis. During battle, you’ll meet various characters and grow as a “Samurai” and “Yokai Hunter,” and before long become the feared “Nioh Samurai.” Through strategic sword-fighting action, players will take on a Japanese-style Sengoku world full of yokai in high difficulty missions that demand trial and error.
Watch a work-in-progress gameplay video below.
Update 12:45 p.m.: The following comes from an interview with the developers in the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu:
- The game was originally in development as a launch title for PlayStation 3.
- We wanted to highlight the action elements rather than fixate on the RPG elements.
- Although people would say, “you only announced it, you haven’t made anything,” we were still making it under the surface.
- Nioh runs at 60 frames per second.
- To depict the world of Japanese yokai culture in its highest quality, we made Nioh a PlayStation 4-exclusive.
- There will be huge boss yokai that appear.
- We want to let users play the game before it releases.
- It was thanks to Nioh remaining on Famitsu’s anticipated games feature as a rookie candidate that the team was able to keep up development.
Thanks, Hachima Kikou.