Koei Tecmo President Talks About Ni-Oh’s Iterations, Game’s Close To The Souls Series In Style

Francesco De Meo
Posted 10 months ago

The action role playing game Ni-Oh, currently in development by Team Ninja, has been in the works for quite some time. A few months ago the game has resurfaced, surprising all fans of action role playing games with its beautiful and dark atmosphere. Following the PlayStation Experience 2015 trailer, not much has been said about the game, but Koei Tecmo President Yoichi Erikawa has recently had the chance to talk about their upcoming action role playing game in a new interview.

In a recent interview with Japanese website 4Gamer, Yoichi Erikawa has talked about the long development time of Ni-Oh and the different iterations of the game. The original vision for the game was very clear in some aspects, like the desire to create a dark fantasy style game set in the Sengoku era featuring the legendary Yokai beasts, but not as much in others, as the team had difficulty in deciding the genre, torn between developing a role playing game or an action game. Following the merger with Tecmo, Koei approached Team Ninja, asking them to develop the game and make it different from the Dynasty Warriors titles Koei is known for. Team Ninja, unfortunately, ended up developing a game that wasn’t too different from their popular Ninja Gaiden games. For this reason, development started from scratch again. The third, and possibly final, iteration of Ni-Oh is the game we have seen in the PlayStation Experience 2015 trailer.


Mr. Erikawa has also talked about how Ni-Oh plays in its current iteration. During development,  producers Hisashi Koinuma and Yosuke Hayashi strongly suggested going into a more “hardcore” direction, with Yoichi Erikawa eventually agreeing with them, despite not finding dying over and over very entertaining. For this reason, Mr. Erikawa  considers the game as a “Demon’s Souls” type game, something that should make fans of the From Software series quite happy.

Ni-Oh is currently in development for PlayStation 4 and will be released on a yet to be confirmed release date. We will let you know more about this charming action role playing game as soon as possible so stay tuned for all the latest news.

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