Team Ninja doesn’t seem interested in developing a third Nioh game.
Famitsu, a Japanese publication, has had an end-of-the-year article with many developer interviews and forecasts for the next year (and we already discussed one, namely Yoshinori Kitase, the producer of Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 1), but now, we need to look at Team Ninja. Gematsu has translated what Fumihiko Yasuda said from the team.
„Keywords for 2021: “Year of transition.” Ambitions for 2021: “At Team Ninja, the seven years-long development of Nioh series will reach a resting point, and there are several projects that will begin full-scale development in 2021. I plan to change my development style to match my changing lifestyle and concentrate on new titles. As for me personally, I’ll try not to gain any more weight,” quoting Yasuda.
So that means they will not make a third Nioh game, even though the first one was announced in 2004. Still, that doesn’t mean that the series immediately get laid to rest. The Nioh Collection on the PlayStation 5 and Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition are coming shortly. We wrote about these one and a half months ago: „Next up is Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition both on PlayStation 4 and PC (Steam) on February 5. This contains all three DLC
(The Tengu’s Disciple, Darkness in the Capital, The First Samurai). And on PC, „the game will be playable with crystal clear 4K Ultra-HD support, alongside ultra wide-screen compatibility, HDR monitor support and 144Hz monitor support, with silky-smooth gameplay at a consistent 120 frames per second on compatible systems […] with full mouse and keyboard customization support, and gamepad compatibility.” We’ll also have an exclusive Valve helmet.
Also on February 5, Nioh Collection is launching on PlayStation 5. This includes Nioh Remastered – The Complete Edition and Nioh 2 Remastered – The Complete Edition. „All of the titles available on PlayStation 5 will support 4K resolution for crystal clear visuals, up to 120 frames per second gameplay for silky smooth combat, ultra-fast load times and the ability to transfer your data from the PlayStation 4 versions to pick up your journey right where you left off.” quoting the PlayStation Blog.
Let’s not forget about the upgrade paths: „For those of you who are looking to continue your demon-slaying journey in Nioh 2 onto PlayStation 5 from your PlayStation 4, there are two upgrade routes for you to take. Players that own Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition on PlayStation 4 can upgrade to Nioh 2 Remastered – The Complete Edition on PlayStation 5 at no additional cost. Players that own Nioh 2 on PS4 can upgrade to the base game – Nioh 2 Remastered on PlayStation 5, and receive the PlayStation 5 version of any downloadable content expansions they own on PlayStation 4.” You need a PlayStation 5 Standard Edition to upgrade a physical copy of Nioh 2 on PlayStation 4 to PS5.”
So after these arrive, don’t expect a new game in the series – likely, Nioh will not see the third instalment. But what will be made then? A new Ninja Gaiden?