Nioh 2 is getting an open beta this fall. Announced by PlayStation’s official Twitter account, the tweet announces the dates for this beta. Running from November 1 to November 10, Nioh 2’s beta will be accessible from the PlayStation Store. This news comes from IGN, who scored the original game highly in their review.
What’s great is that we will be getting plenty of time to experience the beta, gathering our impressions. It certainly is something of an early Christmas present for fans of the first or those who need the hole Sekiro has left in their lives temporarily filled.
All About Nioh 2:
Back in 2018, Sony brought Nioh 2 to the stage at E3 with a flashy trailer. First, the protagonist of the original was gone. Instead, the player has more agency, creating a character of their own. What’s more, the character will be half human and half yokai (demon). Just the concept alone is awesome. Coupled with the difficulty of the Souls series, the idea of a samurai crossed with the abilities of a demon gets any fantasy fan or Japanophile excited.
The report talks about the nature of Nioh 2 in regards to the timeline:
“Nioh 2 will serve as a prequel to the original, but also exists as a standalone entry. Players will be able to collect “soul cores” from demons they battle in order to utilize some of that demon’s abilities in combat.”
This is perfect for anyone, such as myself, who never played the original. Having it set before allows the newcomer to go back to the original to follow a linear order. However, if they don’t have the time to tackle the first they can just enjoy the standalone story.
One last thing to comment on is the idea of the “soul cores.” It seems a sensible move to have a limitation as to the abilities you can use in battle. You don’t want the player to become overpowered if the aim is to make a challenging game.
Nioh 2 will launch in early 2020 on PS4.
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