Nioh 2 open beta dated for November 2019

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  • Wednesday, 18 Sep 2019

Nioh 2 is being prepared for an early 2020 release. — AFP Relaxnews

Just as 2017 breakout action game Nioh took note of player feedback in the lead up to release, 2020 sequel Nioh 2 will be continuing the tradition with a November public beta on the PlayStation 4.

The public testing phase will run Nov 1 to Nov 10 through the PlayStation Network Store; a PC version of Nioh 2 has not yet been announced.

The beta arrives shortly after sci-fi adventure The Outer Worlds, blockbuster-in-waiting Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare, and encompasses the release day for extremely well-anticipated PlayStation exclusive Death Stranding, making it a good time to capture the attention of players booting up their PlayStation 4 consoles.

Nioh used the true story of William Adams, an Englishman who arrived in Japan at the turn of the 17th century and stayed for the remaining 20 years of his life and becoming one of the first two Western samurai over the course of that time.

Yet according to Nioh, Adam's exploits were not limited to his martial achievement and elevated status as a member of the shogunate, as he was also crucially involved in a struggle over mystical stones and supernatural spirits woven into Japanese history and folklore.

The game was a critical success at review on PlayStation 4 and PC and was notable for having made improvements to the final build after releasing several public demos, increasing its credibility among fans and strengthening its impact upon release.

Development studio Team Ninja brought a playable demo to public attendees of the 2019 Tokyo Game Show, and the same vertical slice could be making its way to the PlayStation Network.

The TGS demo featured the opening level of Nioh 2, filled with cherry blossom trees, and introducing players to the contrasting themes of "natural beauty and menacing peril", per Creative Director Tom Lee writing for the PlayStation Blog.

That showfloor demo followed a week-long, limited alpha testing phase held at the end of May.

– AFP Relaxnews

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