Today Koei Tecmo released a new batch of direct feed screenshots of its upcoming PS4 exclusive action RPG NiOh, that will release in North America on February 7th, 2017.
The screenshots showcase two new areas. Futamata, located in the western part of the current Shizuoka Prefecture, where the Futamata and Tenryu river join. At the time of the game, Nobuyasu, Tokugawa Ieyasu’s eldest son, has ordered the lockdown of all traffic on the highway due the the harvest season.
The second area is in Iga, located in the north-western part of today’s Mie Prefecture. It used to ruled by Ninja clans, but then it was subdued by Oda Nobunaga twenty years before the game’s events, during the wars to unify the country. William will visit a ninja house, and and will have to face insidious enemies.
In addition to the locations, the screenshots also showcase two bosses, the masked demon Kijo and the frog-like Ohgama.
Portrayed is also a brand new weapon type, the Kusarigama, which is a a traditional Japanese weapon normally associated with Ninja, even if historically it was more of a weapon used by commoners. As the name implies (“Kusari” means “Chain” and “Gama” means “Sickle”) it’s made by a long steel chain linking a sickle blade to counterweight on the other end.
In terms of gameplay, the Kusarigama is a deadly weapon that will be difficult to master. The sickle end can be used to attack at short range, while the other end has higher range. It’s possible to attack with both ends at the same time.