Nioh 2 is scheduled to release locally on March 12 and barring any delays, this should be leaps and bounds better than the first game, if only by the fact that developers Team Ninja have gone to great lengths to listen to player feedback about the game.
We’ve had the pleasure to play an early build of it during Tokyo Game Show last year and one thing about it is that the story seems to be a bit more fleshed out this time around. Check out the newly released story trailer below!
To provide a little context to the trailer, here’s a short preview of the story as seen from the PlayStation Blog:
“It is the Warring States period in Japan. The year is 1555. Never-ending warfare has transformed the nation into a land of chaos infested by demonic yokai, evil spirits who feed upon their victims.
It is in this setting of relentless mayhem that we meet our protagonist, a rogue mercenary hunting down yokai in the Mino Province. This demon hunter hides a terrible secret: they are a half-breed, the orphan offspring of both human and yokai blood. Unable to find a place amongst mankind, our demon hunter journeys alone.
Calamity strikes one day as our protagonist loses control of their own yokai power while battling against a ferocious fiend. However, the dire situation is remedied by a wandering merchant by the name of Tokichiro who sells strange “Spirit Stones”; magic-imbued artifacts that can help the wielder communicate with yokai spirits. Our demon hunter regains control of their demonic persona.
From there on, the two decide to combine their abilities and set out together to find more of the powerful Spirit Stones, their quest being funded by an influential warlord to track down the artifacts to ensure they’re reserved for proper use.
Their mission is cut short by an attack from someone – or something – also seeking the stones. They escape thanks to the help of a yokai huntswoman named Mumyo, and the three find refuge in the Owari Province, eventually ending up in the service of the great Oda Nobunaga.
But their safety future plans will be short-lived and they will once more come face to face with diabolical forces who also seek the remaining Spirit Stones. So the stage is set for this epic saga of our half-breed yokai hunter- “Hideyoshi”
Apart from the story trailer reveal, Team Ninja also shared details about DLC and Season Pass plans for the game and it’s looking to be quite a good deal!
- 3 major DLC releases featuring hours of gameplay, each with a different storyline that focuses on events prior to Nioh 2.
- New weapons, combat abilities, and new characters
- New main and sub-missions
All 3 DLC releases are included in the Season Pass which is available for pre-order across major local retailers! The Season Pass is included in the special edition, which features the base game, a collectible steelbook case, and “The Art of Nioh 2” book which will retail locally for PHP3,999.