During a livestream from Tokyo, Koei Tecmo showcased new gameplay and a trailer of the upcoming PS4 exclusive NiOh, introduced by Director Fumihiko Yasuda.
The trailer showcases the first meeting between the protagonist William and the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, that emerged victorious from the turmoil of the Sengoku era. Incidentally, William speaks in English even in the cutscenes in Japanese, which is quite peculiar, but understandable, since he is a westerner. The video also shows another historical figure, Hattori Hanzo, who will help William through his travels across Japan’s unstable and demon-infested lands.
Incidentally, Koei Tecmo released it in 4K resolution, and it looks really good.
The gameplay includes a portion of the Iga stage, in which William visits a Ninja manor that proves to be full of enemies, and worse. That’s also quite appropriate, considering that Iga was one of the traditional domains associated with the Shinobi.
Incidentally, during the gameplay footage, William wears the Crimson Master Armor, which is the armor traditionally associated with Sanada Yukimura, and that appears in the recently released Samurai Warriors: Sanada Maru. It will be granted to those who purchase the digital deluxe edition of the game on the PlayStation Store during the first week after release.
At the end of the gameplay segment, we get to see a brand new boss in action, the giant Frog-like demon ninja-master named Ohgama, who was introduced among the latest screenshots released for the game, alongside the Iga stage itself.
Yasuda-san himself played the demo live, and ended up being slaughtered by Ohgama. As usual, he took the defeat in stride. It’s not the first time it happens.
NiOh will release in North America on February 7th, 2017, exclusively for PS4, published directly by Sony Interactive Entertainment. European gamers will have to wait one more day, on February 8th, while Japan will get the game last, on February 9th.