Team Ninja say Nioh 2 will have better enemy variety and combat than Nioh 1

By Heidi Nicholas,
There's not long to go until Nioh 2 releases on 13th March, and Team Ninja have started to reveal more gameplay details, saying that Nioh 2 will be about the same length as the first game and will have roughly the same number of main missions. It seems they've also improved the combat from the first game, as well as the variety of enemies.

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Speaking to Gamespot, Nioh 2 producer Fumihiko Yasuda says that "the number of the main missions is about the same". Yasuda adds that "It's lengthwise about the same as Nioh 1, but when we looked at how long it took for the players to complete Nioh 1, it depended on the player, how good they were, how they played it, etc. So it's hard to say, but when I played the game this past January, it took me 55 hours."

Meanwhile, head of Team Ninja Yosuke Hayashi tackled the subject of the game's combat in an interview with Eurogamer. The biggest problem with the original", says Hayashi, "was lack of enemy variation...The number of enemies was fine, but once you got to know how to deal with an enemy it got quite repetitive." He confirms that each new area in Nioh 2 will have new enemies, and that "the placement will be more dense." Hopefully, this means that each new area of the game will feel more significant, instead of the player meeting the same assortment of enemies as they go.

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Hayashi also addresses the feedback about the combat itself, saying that "most of the negative feedback" was to do with the difficulty. "It was almost too difficult, and demoralising", Hayashi says. "So we adjusted the difficulty based on that - if you make a move that's high risk and high return, if you die it should feel like it's your fault. It should feel right when you die." Hayashi adds that "It's hard to say if it's easier or harder...We focussed more on the tension of the combat and whether it's challenging enough." Their goal was to "provide players with a higher level of satisfaction", and Hayashi says that the new weapons, yokai skills, and level of customisation in building the player-character should ensure the game is just as interesting for new players as it is for Nioh veterans.

There's still over a month until Nioh 2 comes out, but Team Ninja have revealed that there's already three major DLCs planned for the game. The story of each piece of DLC will focus on events which took place before Nioh 2, and will have new weapons, combat abilities, main missions, sub-missions, and new characters. Nioh 2 releases on March 13th, 2020.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!