This hasn’t been actually kept as a secret. Nioh 2 is a prequel that takes place slightly before the original, but features a completely stand-alone storyline. This was known since Team Ninja hosted a closed alpha run earlier this year. What wasn’t known was the story synopsis, which has now been revealed to the public.
According to what looks like a banner from the showfloor at Tokyo Game Show 2019 this month, Nioh 2 is set in the year 1555. This is nearly four decades before the original, which was set in the late Sengoku period of the year 1600.
One of the new gameplay features of Nioh 2 is that you can transform into a yokai and even enter their dark realm. The story synopsis provides more clarification on this by confirming that you, the new protagonist, are a spawn of a human and a yokai. Hailing from the Mino Province, you are a mercenary that spends most days hunting down yokai. However, one fateful day, you cross paths with a very different kind of yokai that makes your powers go berserk.
Thankfully, a wandering Spirit Stone seller by the name of Tokichiro reaches the scene and helps you calm down. Thus, bringing you back to the world of the living. From there on, the two join forces to take the Sengoku period by storm.
The larger part of the story synopsis, in case you missed it, is that Nioh 2 mixes actual history with Japanese folklore just like the original. Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of the greatest Japanese warlords, is a name that you and Tokichiro operate under in the prequel. Hence, Hideyoshi, as according to Nioh 2, was actually two people. However, make no mistake, producer Fumihiko Yasuda has confirmed that the merchant Tokichiro is one the core characters of the storyline.
If the story synopsis finds your interest, note that an open beta is scheduled to run between November 1 and 10 on PlayStation 4. It will be open for everyone and won’t require any pre-orders or special invitations.
Nioh 2 received an action-packed trailer at Tokyo Game Show 2019 last week that showcased some of the characters, enemies, spirits, and yokai in both in-engine cutscenes and gameplay. While hosting a panel, general producer Hisashi Koinuma confirmed that all weapon types from the first game will return in the sequel but with new moves. In addition, there are going to be several new weapon types that will be revealed in due time.
Nioh 2 remains without a concrete release date for now and is scheduled for an early launch in 2020 for PlayStation 4. There’s no word on a PC release despite the original releasing for the platform. It’s probably in the works unless stated otherwise.