Almost a year ago at E3 2018 Koei Tecmo and Sony Interactive Entertainment announced NiOh 2, and then they went almost completely silent about the game.
Not a single new trailer or screenshots were revealed after that initial announcement, which is a rather long time under wraps for a video game revealed at E3.
That being said, something moved today, even if we don’t know whether it may actually mean something.
PlayStation France just reuploaded the official reveal trailer from E3 2018 on its official trailer.
A user aptly mentioned that it seemed to be a little late for that particular trailer, and the folks at the French arm of PlayStation promptly responded “Better late than never, no? ;-).”
It certainly seems to be pretty peculiar to upload the teaser trailer of a game almost a year later. While it might mean nothing at all, it could mean that Sony is preparing for a new reveal sometime soon.
We should keep in mind that while the game is published directly by Koei Tecmo in Japan, Sony Interactive Entertainment is handling the release in Europe and North America, so follow-up reveals are probably going to come from them.
At the end of 2018 Director Fumihiko Yasuda mentioned that he expected to provide an update on the game in early 2019, and we’re approaching what I would consider the end of the “early 2019” window. Of course, E3 is coming in a couple of months, but I’d say that’s a bit too far into the year to be considered “early.”
That’s why it wouldn’t be too surprising if we finally received that update over the next few days. It’s certainly long overdue.
At the moment, we don’t know much about the game besides what was revealed in the few days following its announcement. Players will be able to create their own custom characters (including gender and race) instead having to stick with a predetermined one like in the first title, while the development team is looking to improve the RPG elements.
Our new hero (or heroine) will be able to harness the power of the Youkai, which will add a new layer to the action. We also know that a free demo will come at some point, since it worked to help developers improve the original NiOh before its release.
Whether a new reveal is coming soon or not, it’ll be certainly interesting to see whether Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja will stick to their guns in regards to difficulty. The first NiOh was really challenging, even if I would say that was a good thing. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice proved once more that there is demand for this kind of game, so the odds are pretty good.
At the moment, NiOh 2 has been confirmed only for PS4, and doesn’t have a release window.