Team Ninja has released a new trailer taking a look at the story of their anticipated game, NiOh 2. The PlayStation Blog has more details:
It is the Warring States period in Japan. The year is 1555. Never-ending warfare has transformed the nation into a land of chaos infested by demonic yokai, evil spirits who feed upon their victims.
It is in this setting of relentless mayhem that we meet our protagonist, a rogue mercenary hunting down yokai in the Mino Province. This demon hunter hides a terrible secret: they are a half-breed, the orphan offspring of both human and yokai blood. Unable to find a place amongst mankind, our demon hunter journeys alone.
Calamity strikes one day as our protagonist loses control of their own yokai power while battling against a ferocious fiend. However, the dire situation is remedied by a wandering merchant by the name of Toukichiro who sells strange “Spirit Stones”; magic-imbued artifacts that can help the wielder communicate with yokai spirits. Our demon hunter regains control of their demonic persona.
Their mission is cut short by an attack from someone – or something – also seeking the stones. They escape thanks to the help of a yokai huntswoman named Mumyo, and the three find refuge in the Owari Province, eventually ending up in the service of the great Oda Nobunaga.
But their future plans will be short-lived and they will once more come face to face with diabolical forces who also seek the remaining Spirit Stones. The stage is set for this epic saga of our half-breed yokai hunter- “Hideyoshi”.
They also note that the game will have post-launch DLC, three expansions which take place before the game’s events, coming out over the course of the year. The expansions will include new weapons, new powers, and new characters, along with more story.
NiOh 2 launches exclusively for the PlayStation 4 on March 12th in Japan, and March 13th everywhere else.