Today during the PlayStation Live coverage from E3 2018 in Los Angeles, Koei Tecmo provided more information on the newly-revealed NiOh 2.
Game Director Fumihiko Yasuda explained that the goal of developing NiOh 2 is to create a proper natural evolution from the first game. It isn’t a dramatic change. While the team was very happy with how the first game did, there were things that they couldn’t accomplish. They want to improve on the strong points and correct the weaknesses of NiOh.
In particular, Team Ninja is known for creating great action games, but NiOh was an action-RPG, so some of the game balancing of the RPG side wasn’t perfect, and Yasuda-san wants to improve on that.
The story of the new game ties with the first title. How it does will be explained in the future. Players that didn’t play the first game will still be able to enjoy the second, but those who did play the original will enjoy the new one even more.
One of the biggest requests from fans of the first game was to have a character creator. That’s why it’ll be possible to create and customize your character in NiOh 2 including gender and race. The new protagonist posseses the power of Youkai, and this will bring the action system to the next level.
Yasuda-san would like to make deaths more satisfying for the player, and we learn that a free demo will be released as it was done with the original NiOh in order to gather feedback from the player base.
In conclusion, we har that NiOh was Team Ninja’s first time getting into the genre, so they were a little cautious. With the experience they gained, they’re going to “go in hard.” The “gloves are off.” They promise that the experience is going to be close to what they really had in mind from the beginning.
For the moment NiOh 2 has been confirmed only for PS4, and doesn’t have a release window. If you want to see more, you can check out the original teaser trailer.