First announced back in 2004 as an adaptation of an unfinished script made by master filmmaker Akira Kurosawa as Oni, Nioh has had quite the tumultuous development history. The game was originally to be released alongside a film directed by Hisao Kurosawa, Akira Kurosawa’s son, and game producer Kou Shibusawa was assisting in finishing up the script.
The movie never came to fruition, and the game stuck around as Ni-Oh for quite some time, then set to be released near PS3 launch, the game then went dormant until today. Reannounced as Nioh (not the most noteworthy of changes, admittedly), the game is now due out next year as a PS4 exclusive. The gameplay shown so far looks incredibly sharp, and it’s wonderful to see that the developers have stuck with this game for as long as they have. Kou Shibusawa describes Nioh as a war game that is “impossible to clear on the first try”.
Nioh will be hitting Japan in 2016. No Western release has been given, but it’s a fairly safe bet that we’ll be seeing this one in English.
You can catch the game’s trailer below:
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