Nioh 2 Announcement Trailer Surprises at E3 2018

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One of the largest and most surprising announcements of the PlayStation E3 2018 press conference is a sequel to 2017 hit Nioh. Nioh 2 was announced with a short cinematic trailer featuring glowing red demons, intense-looking samurai, and what looked to be a portal into hell. No release information or supported platforms were revealed as part of the Nioh 2 announcement, though it can be assumed that Koei Tecmo is publishing.

Further into the trailer, two short text messages are displayed on-screen: "Defy Death," followed by, "Death Defies You..." These messages could just be in reference to the Dark Souls mechanic of collecting currency from defeated foes and losing your currency upon your own death. But it's more likely in reference to how the character shown in the trailer is murdered by demons, but is brought back to life through his own transformation into a demon.  Nioh 2 will likely explore this character's resurrection and demonic curse through the game's story and themes.

A particularly important detail was noticeable in the trailer, despite its brevity: the blonde-haired Nioh protagonist William was nowhere to be seen. The only human character featured in the trailer was a wounded samurai with black hair, shown when his helmet was sheared off. This samurai, who was speared with two demon-like horns that he pulled from his head, appears to be the new protagonist. At least, that makes sense given the Nioh 2 logo features the two horns prominently. Will William remain in England for Nioh 2?

Team Ninja is on a roll at E3 2018. Nioh 2 is the second game in development from the Japanese studio, as over the weekend the latest Dead or Alive sequel was announced. If Team Nina shows up during Nintendo's E3 2018 press conference on Tuesday morning to show off a new Warriors game akin to Hyrule or Fire Emblem Warriors, they'll have one of the best line-ups of announcements for the convention this year.

Nioh 2 has no currently announced release window or supported platforms.

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