Today’s issue of Weekly Famitsu included a spread on the upcoming PS4 exclusive NiOh, that will be released in North America on February 7th, 2017.
We get to see a brand new weapon type, the Kusarigama, a traditional Japanese weapon often associated with Ninja. As the name implies (“Kusari” means “Chain” and “Gama” means “Sickle”) it’s formed by a long chain linking a sickle blade and a counterweight on the other side.
In terms of gameplay, the Kusarigama is a vicious weapon that can be difficult to master. The sickle part has short range, while the other end can reach far, and it’s possible to attack with both at the same time. Many insidious techniques can be used with it.
The screenshots also introduce two areas. Futamata, located in what is now the west of the Shizuoka Prefecture, where the Futamata and Tenryu river join. Nobuyasu, Tokugawa Ieyasu’s eldest son, has ordered to close traffic in the highway due the the harvest season.
Iga, located in the north-western part of Mie Prefecture, used to be a land ruled by Ninja. Yet, it was subdued by Oda Nobunaga twenty years before the game’s events, during his bid for the unification of Japan. William enters a ninja house, and is welcomed by insidious enemies.
In addition to the locations, we also get to meet two bosses, the frog-like Ohgama and the masked demon Kijo.
You can check out all the screenshots below, but keep in mind that they come from magazine scans, so the quality isn’t as good as you’d expect from direct feed screenshots.
If you prefer direct feed screenshots, you can enjoy a few (that also show the Kurari-Gama and Kijo) and some gameplay footage, and a new trailer from PlayStation Experience.