It’s not a surprise the publisher is working on a sequel. The first game launched worldwide in February 2017 and sold over a million units in just over a month, quickly becoming Koei Tecmo’s most successful title in the west.
“Nioh” borrows a lot of DNA from From Software’s “Dark Souls” franchise. Set in feudal Japan, it revolves around a sailor named William and his battle against the demonic yokai. It features real historical figures like Hattori Hanzo and Tokugawa Ieyasu and was reportedly based on an unfinished Akira Kurosawa script.
In an interview with MCV UK last year, Koei Tecmo general manager Yasutomo Watanabe said, “’Nioh’ is a title reflects a lot of creativity and a lot of soul, and is a reflection of what made Team Ninja a successful studio in the first place. It’s a triumphant return to the studio’s strengths and media and players reacted very positively.”
“Nioh 2” doesn’t have a release window yet.