Today’s issue of Weekly Famitsu included a sizable spread on the upcoming NiOh story DLC titled “Defiant Honor.”
The first character we see is Sanada Yukimura, legendary daimiyo who was already introduced before, and will be the main antagonist of the DLC’s story. He controls two guardian spirits that he inherited from his father, the flaming kirin “Enku” and the moth “Janomecho.”
The second new character isn’t historical, but literary, Sasuke Sarutobi. He is a ninja serving Sanada Yukimura. He does not control any guardian spirit, but fights using a pair of tonfa and ninjutsu.
The story of the DLC happens after William’s encounter with Date Masamune, as he marches towards Osaka alongside the Date army in pursuit of the mysterious Maria. In Osaka, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, arch-enemy of Tokugawa Ieyasu, has gathered the daimiyo serving the Toyotomi clan, alongside bands of ronin and Yukimura himself. A large battle is about to unfold.
We also get to see multiple new stages, including the battlefield of Osaka Fuyunojin, where William will be able to control cannons to destroy the fortifications of clan Toyotomi, Inariyama, a sanctuary that serves as the center of the cult of the fox kami Inari Okami, and Sanadamaru, the fortress built by Sanada Yukimura from the ruins of a temple, making good use of the defensible high ground and harbor.
Last, but not least, we get to see the tonfa, that will be introduced as a new weapon, and new Onmyodo and Ninjitsu powers that promise more versatility in the creation of new battle tactics.
You can check the screenshots out below, keeping in mind that they’re from magazine scans, so the quality is far from perfect.