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Team Ninja Interested in Adding Open World to the Next Nioh Game

Next Nioh game may have Open World

The latest issue of Famitsu has a special feature to mark the PlayStation 5 release of The Nioh Collection. It also contains an interview with Fumihiko Yasuda from Koei Tecmo’s Team Ninja. Excerpts from the interview indicated that Yasuda talked about plans for a hypothetical Nioh 3, including Open World. [Thanks, Ryokutya2089.]

In addition to the above, Yasuda also talked a bit about the new features added to the PS5 version, as well as implying that Team Ninja members have read many of the reactions on Nioh games posted online.

Here are some of the highlighted quotes from the interview with Fumihiko Yasuda:

  • The development team really likes ego-searching, so consider them to have seen most of the things [posted publicly]. (laughs)
  • There aren’t too many reactions to the story, so please talk about it more. (laughs)
  • The PS5 version is filled with features we removed when optimizing the PS4 version.
  • It will also support the Adaptive Trigger. If you feel like the weight is a nuisance, you can turn it off as well. After all, it should just be enjoyed as part of the experience and performance.
  • Nioh is also a title inspired by From Software’s Dark Souls series.
  • Dark Souls has Open World as its side aspect, and we originally planned for Nioh to follow that too.
  • If we were to make Nioh 3, we may implement Open World.
  • But I think we have put a stop with Nioh 2 for now. We have not decided on plans for another sequel.
  • If it were to take place overseas, I think the Chinese Three Kingdoms era may also be possible.
  • I want to create a new Ninja Gaiden game, but we haven’t gotten the Go sign yet (laughs). I want to make a new game, and there are also many other projects.

The PlayStation 5 remasters of Nioh and Nioh 2, as well as the PC version of Nioh 2: The Complete Edition, will be available on February 5, 2021. In his 2021 aspirations, Fumihiko Yasuda teased multiple new games coming from Team Ninja while reconfirming that development on the Nioh series was paused after the completion of Nioh 2.

Kite Stenbuck
An avid gamer who learned the Japanese language mostly by playing Japanese games. Especially enjoys Dynasty Warriors, Ace Combat, and Gundam a lot.