We’ve finally been given a release date for Team Ninja’s hack-and-slash samurai action game Nioh 2. The game will launch on PlayStation 4 on March 13th 2020, confirmed Team Ninja producer Fumihiko Yasuda.
The news came via a blog post on the official PlayStation site, with Yasuda thanking fans for their patience in waiting for news on Nioh 2:
“I know many of you have been waiting and we thank you for your patience while we worked to set an official date. One of the primary reasons for not rushing to set a launch date was to ensure that we can achieve a “genuine evolution” from Nioh, which to us meant that we needed to bring in fresh new elements while retaining the things that we felt were right from the first game.”
As well as the release date, details on Nioh 2’s open beta have been outlined. Players will be given a ‘sneak peek’ at the game when the open beta becomes available on the PlayStation Store from November 1st until November 10th.
The beta will allow players to try out the brand new character customisation feature and a new weapon called the Switchglaive. You can get up to speed with the new Switchglaive in a safe zone called the Interim. Here, you can try out weapons and test basic moves before you start your journey for real. This journey in the beta will start in a stage called Sunomata, which is based on the Sunomata Castle, which was apparently constructed in just one night by Hideyoshi.
Conquering the beta comes with an item reward too. The Mark of the Demon Slayer will allow players to unlock the Kamaitachi Helmet from the in-game Shrine in the full game when it’s released next year.
Pre-orders for Nioh 2 are available now from the PlayStation Store, with bonus items being promised for anyone who does. Finally, the original game will be available for free to PlayStation Plus members on November 5th, giving members a chance to get familiar with the series if they haven’t already done so.