Koei Tecmo’s Nioh is a game that took people a bit by surprise when its Alpha Demo released back in April. The game took many elements from the Dark Souls series and combined them with some from Koei’s Musou games, adding all of that into a feudal age setting mixed with Japanese folklore.
Chin Soon Sun, Koei Tecmo Europe’s community manager, took to the PlayStation Blog today to talk about where the game’s going next with its Beta Demo. The new demo will hit PS4 on August 23, and will be playable through September 6. According to Soon Sun, over the course of 10 days 850,000 people played the Alpha Demo, providing tons of feedback for the team to work on.
Here’s a rundown of Nioh’s story straight from Koei Tecmo,
“Nioh follows the tale of William Adams as he travels to Japan and becomes a samurai. Players will discover a deep and enticing world that blends history and Japanese folklore. The tough gameplay pits players against daunting and overpowering creatures, and encourages them to learn their enemies’ tactics to gain the advantage in battle.
The protagonist, William, is not alone against the perilous Yokai, as he will be accompanied by a diverse cast of characters who will aid him on his travels across Japan. Hanzo Hattori, the head of a famous ninja clan, is William’s guide through the country. Ginchiyo Tachibana (wife of Muneshige, the head of the Tachibana clan) will also help William on his quest with her skilled fighting abilities.”
The new demo will provide even more of the harrowing gameplay present in the Alpha, with a new dojo stage introducing players to the basics of Nioh’s samurai combat. Another stage will also be included, although Koei Tecmo didn’t say what it would be. A host of new weapons including katanas, spears, axes and hammers will also be available.
Nioh is set to release sometime in 2016, exclusively for the PlayStation 4.