Gamescom has been in full swing this week, but there’s one thing in particular I want to talk about. The upcoming action-RPG Ni-Oh got a new trailer – a welcome reminder that the game is progressing and might actually see a release soon. But why should we be excited about a relatively unknown game compared to all of the big titles on show?
Ni-Oh has been in development in various forms since 2004, and was based upon a partial script by the legendary Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai, Ran). If that alone doesn’t pique your interest, consider that the game is going to thrust the inimitable gameplay of Dark Souls/Bloodborne into a shogunate Japanese setting full of samurai, yokai demons and spirits.
Imagine Dark Souls meets Onimusha, and brought to you by the team behind Ninja Gaiden; a team who have already gained cult following for their punishingly difficult skill-based games. It’s a match made in heaven, and translating the Dark Souls formula into a world steeped with Japanese folklore and history is nothing short of a stroke of genius.
Gamers have been clamouring for more use of the rich and often-volatile setting of the Tokugawa shogunate for a number of years. And whilst the biggest ‘historical’ franchises like Assassin’s Creed still haven’t heeded that demand, Team Ninja might be able to capitalize by satiating a ravenous market with Ni-Oh!