is an upcoming historical action role-playing video game being developed by Team Ninja, to be published by Koei Tecmo for the PlayStation 4 read more
is an upcoming historical action role-playing video game being developed by Team Ninja, to be published by Koei Tecmo for the PlayStation 4
The game follows the story of William, loosely based upon William Adams, a blond-haired Samurai and son of a Japaneselord and a Western woman during the Warring States period in 17th-century Japan.
Originally announced by Koei in 2004 (before their merger with Tecmo made them Koei Tecmo), the game is based on an unfinished script by filmmaker Akira Kurosawa titled Oni (Japanese word for demon). The game was to be released with a companion film, also titled Oni, that would have seen the directoral debut of Hisao Kurosawa, Akira Kurosawa's son. Hisao Kurosawa was completing his father's script with assistance from game producer Kou Shibusawa of Koei, with a combined production budget of ¥ 3 billion for both film and game. "When reading Hisao Kurosawa's script", Shibusawa said during a press conference, "it gave me the impression of stories like Seven Samurai and The Hidden Fortress".
The first announced release date (with the new title of Ni-Oh) was summer of 2006. Although this was the first release date to be announced for any PlayStation 3 game, it was slated several months after the PlayStation 3's planned release in spring 2006, suggesting it was not intended as a launch title. In preparation for the 2006 release, a pre-rendered game trailer was shown at the 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo, and a similar trailer was shown at the 2006 Tokyo Game Show.
The game missed the initial 2006 release window without comment from Koei. It wasn't until 2009 that Koei confirmed that the game was still in development, apologizing for the lack of updates. In 2010 Koei (now Koei Tecmo) announced that Tecmo's Team Ninja would be finishing development of the game, which had been suspended by Koei. In an interview with Siliconera, Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi described their vision of the adopted game:
We ran lots of tests and trials for Ni-Oh. After we ran through these we found a style that fits this title. At Team Ninja, we want you to experience the feel of action in our games. Ni-Oh is set with during the samurai era and we want you to feel what it's like to be a samurai.— Yosuke Hayashi
In 2012 Koei Tecmo's President and CEO, Yoichi Erikawa, announced that the game had completed its alpha development cycle, and that the work was "continuing steadily."
In August 2014, Koei Tecmo filed a new U.S. trademark for the game. In an interview with Venture Beat from November 2014, Hayashi confirmed that the game was still in development and that "it is starting to come together and feel good."
The game was officially re-revealed, now retitled slightly as Nioh, for the PlayStation 4 at the Tokyo Game Show on September 15, 2015. A demo for the game began on April 26, 2016, and will end on May 5, 2016. After successfully clearing the stages in the demo, players are given access to the The Mark of the Conqueror downloadable content when the full game is officially released. Nioh is set to be released in 2016.
Notable for a console game, Nioh will allow players to select between a more stable frame rate or a higher display resolution, similar to options offered to players on a PC.