After making a surprise reveal of Nioh 2 at the PlayStation E3 2018 Showcase, the game's director Fumihiko Yasuda from Koei Tecmo's Team Ninja made an appearance at today's PlayStation Live stream, where he was interviewed about the sequel of the popular action RPG which has shipped over 2 million copies worldwide.
Yasuda stated in the live interview that while Team Ninja was delighted with how the first Nioh fared, they want to correct its weak points while further improving its strengths. The story in Nioh 2 will have some connections to the first game, but while new players will be able to enjoy the new story without playing the prequel beforehand, those who did experience William's story in the first Nioh would be able to savor it even further.
Yasuda also revealed that one of the most requested features from user surveys of Nioh was the character creation system, and he confirmed that this feature will be added in Nioh 2. Players will be even able to set the gender and race of their avatar character in this sequel. Yasuda also said that the team is planning to publish a free demo for Nioh 2 and will let users give feedback on it, just like how they did it in the first Nioh.
As shown in the teaser trailer, which can be watched right below, the new protagonist has a power that will let them transform into a demon. Yasuda teased in the interview that Nioh 2 will have not only human-versus-yokai but even yokai-versus-yokai battles as well.
Nioh 2 is currently under development by Koei Tecmo's Kou Shibusawa and Team Ninja, and it will be released on PlayStation 4. A release timeframe has not been announced yet as of this writing.