Nioh and its successor Nioh 2 became surprising successes. Anyone who is waiting for supplies now has to be patient first: the franchise is initially taking an extended break in the new year.
In conversation with the renowned Famitsu from Japan, Fumihiko Yasuda, the director of Nioh and Nioh 2, commented on the future of the franchise. So fans have to be strong, because Team Ninja won’t be working on a sequel for the time being. Instead of pushing work on Nioh 3, the series of games will take a break in the coming year 2021.
The first Nioh was originally released in 2017 and impressed fans of Dark Souls with its Souls-like battle design and great storytelling. The game not only garnered good reviews, but also became so commercially successful that a PC version was later released after the PS4-exclusive launch.
The sequel Nioh 2 followed in March 2020 with some significant changes compared to the original. The sequel focused more on the gameplay and less on the story, but the result was still very good. There was also a co-op mode to play with up to two other friends.
Despite the successor’s numbers, Nioh’s journey has been paused for the moment. Yasuda speaks of a “year of transition”, after all, after seven years of working on Nioh games, Team Ninja will now pursue other projects for the first time. Several titles should be in the works and fully developed in 2021.
It is not yet known which new projects Team Ninja will pull out of the hat. We’ll keep you up to date!
Anyone who has not yet played Nioh 2 can look forward to the new year at least a little: In February, the comprehensive Complete Edition will be released for the PC and also (optimized) for the PS5.