While a number of companies have decided against releasing during next years first quarter, it seems Nioh 2 is more than happy to release on March 13, 2020.
In addition to the release date reveal, it seems Europe is also getting multiple special editions. The physical version includes a steenbok, season pass and art book, with the digital edition including the game, season pass, a special charm and weapon set. A nice bonus for fans and far from the best Nioh news for the day.
On Nov. 1, players can download the open beta and get a fairly substantial taste of the full game. This was detailed in a PlayStation Blog post, which you can find below:
Open Beta Details
With that being said, we would also like to give you guys a sneak peek at the game by releasing an open beta demo for you to try out. This open beta will be available from November 1-10 and is downloadable from PlayStation Store. All players will be able to experience new elements such as our extensive character customization feature, our newest weapon- the Switchglaive, and so much more.
As you begin the beta, you will enter into a place called the Interim. Unlike the dojo tutorial from the previous game, the Interim is a safe zone where you will be able to choose your weapons, test out the basic moves and transition to a real stage when you are ready.
This place was designed and based on the Tibetan Buddhist concept of intermediate, transitional state between life and death. I’m actually very fond of the environment we created which is modeled after the Sanzu river surrounded in tranquility (similar to the river Styx from Greek mythology).
As you move on from the Interim, you will start your journey in a stage called Sunomata. This stage is based on the Sunomata castle which by some accounts was constructed in just one night by Hideyoshi. The experience will be an interpretation of historical actualities combined with a healthy injection of Yokai adventure!
In addition, this new stage will treat you to an impressive environment covered in autumn maple leaves. In a similar fashion to the cherry blossoms stage (The Village of Cursed Blossoms), we had the great fortune of highlighting another stunning time of year within Japan’s four distinct seasons.
I hope that you will enjoy this stage and the open beta in November. If you are skilled and fortunate enough to conquer the beta, you will earn The Mark of the Demon Slayer – a reward entitling you to unlock the Kamaitachi Helmet from the in-game Shrine to use in the full game when it arrives next year. Although the trial time is limited, we sincerely hope that you can play the beta and provide your invaluable feedback to us by responding to the survey.
Fumihiko Yasuda via PlayStation Blog
For those skimming, finishing the beta will unlock the Kamaitachi Helmet for use in the full game. Players can also unlock the ability to play as William if they have a save from the original game. Those who don’t aren’t completely out of luck, as Nioh will be part of next months PlayStation Plus games.
Finally, the blog also had a new trailer, which you can find above.