Nioh 2 Dev Admits The Game’s Difficulty Is “Unfair” At First
Challenging games aren’t that unheard of, with plenty of Souls-like titles and other games being released into the wild filled with challenging content for fans to try to overcome. These titles are enjoyable to many players because they manage to ride that fine line between challenging and frustratingly impossible, where mastering each fight is a rewarding experience. Nioh 2 is hoping to continue the trend, refining the gameplay of its predecessor into a well-tuned system that delivers incredibly tense and difficult content for players to struggle with.
While in a recent interview with Eurogamer, Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi explains that when the team worked on the first Nioh there was a lot of discussion on what direction the team wanted to go with the title in regards to what the developer’s strengths are when building a game. He explains that, after receiving feedback from fans and their own internal soul-searching, they confirmed that they do an incredible job with exploring historical eras as well as delivering masterful combat, something they hope to expand on in Nioh 2.
Nioh was by no means an easy title but the lack of enemy variation made the game easy to predict, making it very repetitive as time goes on. With the upcoming sequel, the developers hope to add a lot of variety in the hopes of breaking up the monotonous tone that the previous title had some issues with. Still, Hayashi explained that it was hard to say whether or not the game would be more difficult or not. Rather than focus on the challenge itself, the developer’s top priority is making the game feel tense all the way through.
It’s hard to say if it’s easier or harder. We focused more on the tension of the combat and whether it’s challenging enough. It should be equally interesting for players who’ve played the first game as well as new Nioh players – we’ve added new weapons, yokai skills and there’s a lot of freedom in building your own character. We wanted to provide players with a higher level of satisfaction – that was our priority.”
Nioh 2 is set to arrive on May 24th for the PlayStation 4. With all the fine-tuning the developers are doing for this sequel, it looks like its shaping up to be quite a ride for players who enjoy a good challenge. Let us know your thoughts on Nioh 2 and more in the comments section below. As always, don’t forget to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter for 24/7 coverage of all things gaming and entertainment.
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