Nioh Demo Downloaded Over 850,000 Times, Team Ninja Reveals Planned Changes for Full Game

Released last month and only available for a limited time, the Nioh demo for PlayStation 4 was downloaded over 850,000 times worldwide, developer Team Ninja revealed today.

Thanks to your feedback, they’ll be making some changes to the main game, which is scheduled to be available later this year. As you can see below, their plans include tutorials, balancing to make the opening sections fairer, improved controls and camera system, improved graphic performance, and improved usability of the UI:


  • Implement a training stage for tutorials on basic controls and core game actions.

Action & Controls

  • Improve player & camera behavior during lock-on.
  • Change the conditions under which the player character becomes unresponsive when the Ki Gauge is empty.
  • Expand item shortcut slots.
  • Revise the objects which require holding a button and the response to the hold input.
  • Improve detection for the half-circle analog stick input.


  • Adjust attack and defense parameters of enemies.
  • Revise enemy pursuit of the player.
  • Revise superarmor (stagger/no stagger) for each enemy and attack.
  • Adjust Revenant AI.

Level Design/Stages

  • Improve exploration elements such as shortcuts, etc.
  • Add hints to guide players to boss areas.
  • Revise the display of objects that block the view of the player character.
  • Adjust fire area damage.


  • Improve layout and displayed information.
  • Adjust text size.
  • When making an offering at a shrine, allow the player to perform all actions at once.


  • Improve online synchronization.
  • Allow the host to use the Shrine menu during co-op play with a Visitor.
  • Adjust the rate at which enemy parameters increase during co-op play.


  • Remove durability stat for weapons and armor.
  • Adjust the drop rate for equipment.
  • Add a new control type.
  • Implement a flow to allow players to exit a mission.
  • Fix other bugs.

In the survey sent out to players, Team Ninja asked players in each region about the difficulty and game balance. Just 14% of North American gamers said it was bad or very bad, compared to 19% of European gamers and 45% of Asian gamers.

If you’re keeping the Nioh file on your PS4, Team Ninja said, “In addition, it is safe to delete the Nioh Alpha Demo game data and save data. Deleting these data will not affect the Mark of the Conqueror.”

What did you think of the Nioh demo?

[Source: Team Ninja]