The request for an easy mode or similar difficulty options has proven polarizing among fans of masocore game like the Souls series, NiOh 2 the new kid on the block of the genre.
During a behind-closed-doors presentation at Tokyo Game Show hosted by Sony Interactive Entertainment which Twinfinite attended, Producer Fumihiko Yasuda was asked to comment on whether an easy mode is included in the game.
Yasuda-san’s answer was negative, even if he did offer a ray of hope.
“The game is a so-called Masocore game, so we want the difficulty to be the same for everyone, even if you may be able to see people beat the bosses on YouTube and that sort of stuff.
Yet we do have things to help out players, for example the Benevolent Graves and three-player multiplayer, and we do think those will be a big helping hand for people to beat the game.”
Yasuda-san also explained that while players will have an advantage in multiplayer, the game will be balanced a bit higher in terms of difficulty in order to compensate the presence of three players.
Incidentally, the Benevolent Graves mentioned by Yasuda-san are blue graves that will allow players to enjoy asynchronous multiplayer when touched.
As an additional note, Yasuda-san defined NiOh 2 “Shinige” in Japanese, which can basically be translated as “game in which you die.”