TGS 2015: Ni-Oh Is Back as a PS4 Exclusive, Coming to Japan in 2016

September 15, 2015 Written by Jason Dunning

At the Sony Japan and Asia press conference today, Koei Tecmo and developer Team Ninja revealed that Ni-Oh is in development as a PlayStation 4 exclusive, with a Japanese launch scheduled for 2016.

Originally announced as a PlayStation 3 title 10 years ago, Ni-Oh was still in development when they gave an update in 2010, but things fell silent until today.

Developed as an action RPG, Ni-Oh is set during the last years of the Sengoku period of Japan and stars a blonde-haired warrior named William. Koei Tecmo also says it will be “impossible to clear on the first try.”

According to a recent interview with Famitsu, Koei Tecmo said they will push the action elements more than the RPG elements, they have continued development behind the scenes all this time, it runs at 60fps, there will be giant boss fights, and Ni-Oh managed to stay alive thanks to continued fan interest over the years.

We don’t know if Ni-Oh is coming West, but a trailer for the game did appear at E3 a decade ago, suggesting it’s possible we’ll see it in North America and Europe eventually.

[Source: Hachima via IGN, Siliconera]