Team Ninja announce the release date for Nioh 2: March 13th 2020. We don't know much about what to expect from the sequel's story, except that it ties into the first game, and that the character has some kind of link to the Yokai and their powers. Fans have also been looking forward to learning more about the game through its open demo, although its release date was also kept quiet until now.
Nioh 2's release date may still be five months away, but in exciting news for the game's fanbase, the open beta goes live much sooner. Starting on the 1st November, it runs for ten days to November 10th, and allows players to get their first taste of the game. The new elements in the open demo include the character customization features and the new weapon, the Switchglaive. The demo differs from the first game in that instead of launching into the dojo tutorial, players will instead land in the Interim; a safe space for trying out moves and choosing weapons. Team Ninja Producer Fumihiko Yasuda says that the Interim was "designed and based on the Tibetan Buddhist concept of intermediate, transitional state between life and death", and that the environment was "modeled after the Sanzu river surrounded in tranquility". He compares the Sanzu river to the river Styx in Greek mythology, where souls would be ferried across the river from the realm of the living to the realm of the dead.
After the Interim, players will begin in Sunomata, based on the castle of the same name. The environment here will apparently feature autumnal trees, with the intent of portraying "another stunning time of year within Japan’s four distinct seasons", as the Village of Cursed Blossoms did before. Beating the beta will earn players The Mark of the Demon Slayer, a reward which in turn earns the Kamaitachi Helmet to use in the game itself next year.
Finally, players can now also prepare for Nioh 2 by pre-ordering it from the PlayStation Store. The Standard Edition goes for £54.99, and includes the Demon Horde armour set, the Sudama Netsuke charm, a PS4 theme and a PSN avatar set. The Digital Deluxe Edition goes for £74.99 and includes the same set of pre-order bonuses, with the added bonuses of: the season pass, Demon Horde weapons, Kodama Netsuke charm and the PS4 theme and PSN avatar set.
So, whilst we wait for Nioh 2's release date, it seems there's a lot to do to prepare.
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