Greetings yokai hunters! I’m proud to announce the discharge of Nioh 2’s second DLC expansion- Darkness within the Capital. And to commemorate this newest installment, we wished to share some insights into our growth course of for making a contemporary new perspective into Japan’s distant previous.
Whereas The Tengu’s Disciple introduced the protagonist to the tip of the Heian Interval (794 – 1185), our newest chapter brings them lifeless heart into the center of this period. We hope that by experiencing occasions from Japan’s previous on this planet of Nioh, you may all achieve an much more detailed image of the collection’ lore. As an alternative of merely expressing this distinctive mythology merely through dialogue and textual content, we wished to take all of our gamers that braved their approach via the principle recreation on a model new and in depth journey all through these three DLC expansions.
Probably the most notable facets of Darkness within the Capital are the 2 famend historic figures that make their grand look: Minamoto no Yorimitsu and Abe no Seimei, the famed yokai hunter and probably the most highly effective Onmyo mage of antiquity. Yorimitsu’s 4 main subordinates additionally made names for themselves as fearless warriors for defeating yokai in lots of tales handed down via generations. These acclaimed people had been very energetic through the midpoint of the Heian Interval, an age the place the world was in a state of dysfunction and yokai ran rampant.
On the earth of Nioh the place heroes take up their swords and make full use of Onmyo magic so as to battle hordes of yokai fiends, leaving out this important and thrilling interval from Japan’s historical past wasn’t even an choice for us within the growth group. This story, from this explicit interval, was a MUST!
One of many main challenges that we confronted in creating Darkness within the Capital was that whereas samurai and Onmyo mages did exist throughout this era, it was additionally a time in historical past the place extra consideration was positioned on the Heian nobles.
Whereas this point of interest could differ from different components of the Nioh collection, this explicit period could be seen because the quintessential depiction of the Heian interval. Beneath the elegant floor of this era lied degeneration and deep-seated grudges, and as such we made certain to signify this era as one stuffed with curses and peril. We achieved this via numerous facets akin to incorporating these components into the visuals, textual content, in addition to via the actions of the enemies you’ll encounter in your journey. We rigorously researched the historic facets of Darkness within the Capital, as tales from this time interval are comparatively much less well-known to these from the Sengoku interval. We additionally wished to make sure that they had been correctly represented to ensure that gamers to be taught extra about Japanese historical past.
I additionally wished to depart you with one small trace concerning the story: be looking out for some notable bosses you might have encountered out of your earlier journey via the Nioh collection…
Final however not least, we’ve put a whole lot of thought and energy into designing a brand new weapon that followers of different Group Ninja titles, together with our combating video games, have positively been hoping for. I’m glad to introduce the newest additions to your arsenal- The Fists and Clawed Fists.
These weapons assist you to actually take the combat into your individual arms and pummel even the hardest yokai into submission! We wished to seize the sensation of combating in a no-holds-barred fist combat with this new weapon, and we hope you’ll take them out for a spin. Our group rigorously thought via many alternative eventualities for fight so as to current these new weapons to our fighters. Particularly, the dilemma to decide on the brand new Fists weapon or to go for a extra conventional armed tools was positively one thing we contemplated over. We knew we had to make sure that Fists had its personal sense of uniqueness and power to face out among the many broad choice of different weapons in our roster. With that stated, we stay up for the thrilling new encounters gamers can expertise as they discover the entire new capabilities that each Fists and Clawed Fists have to supply!
Please keep tuned for additional particulars concerning the third and last DLC growth for Nioh 2 within the close to future. We’re anxiously wanting ahead to offering you guys with much more partaking boss battles and memorable missions to finish, together with the anticipated conclusion to the epic story of Nioh 2. As all the time, please keep protected on the market and preserve your blades sharpened for the ultimate battle to come back!
*Nioh 2 required to play “The Tengu’s Disciple” and “Darkness within the Capital” (bought individually or as a part of the Nioh 2 Season Cross)