Nioh 2 Director Says the Series Will Reach a Resting Point in 2021

Team Ninja, the developer behind Nioh 2, will start developing several new projects as of 2021 while resting the Nioh series.

December 29, 2020

Speaking to Famitsu, Fumihiko Yasuda, the director behind Nioh and Nioh 2, revealed that Team Ninja won’t be working on a brand new entry for the Nioh series in 2021, calling next year as a “resting point” for the franchise.

When launched back in 2017, Nioh impressed most of the Dark Souls fans with its Souls-like combat design and epic storytelling. The game soon turns into a successful launch for Team Ninja both critically and commercially. A year after its exclusive launch on PS4, developers rolled out a PC version of the game as well.

Earlier this year in March 2020, Team Ninja officially launched Nioh 2 with some significant changes compared to the original version. The new entry experienced a change in direction and focused more on gameplay and less on the story. The result was still quite good. In Nioh 2 you get the chance to create your own character and go through the missions in co-operative mode and team-up with two other friends. The game even received more content after launch and turned into 2020’s one of the best-supported single-player games.

That being said, the series seems to reach an end now, for a while at least. When asked about his keyword for 2021, Fumihiko Yasuda said:

Year of transition. At Team Ninja, the seven years-long development of Nioh series will reach a resting point, and there are several projects that will begin full-scale development in 2021. I plan to change my development style to match my changing lifestyle and concentrate on new titles. As for me personally, I’ll try not to gain any more weight.

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It’s yet to be seen what new projects have been determined as the next adventure of Team Ninja in game development, but fans are surely excited to see what topic this talented studio is about to touch in the new generation of consoles.

It’s worth noting that Nioh 2: Complete Edition will be launched on PS5 and PC in February 2021. So, the rest comes after that.

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