If you haven't had the chance to play Nioh 2 yet, you'll still get a chance before the game launches this spring. A last-chance trial will give you the chance to see some of the sequel's changes for yourself at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) P.T. on Feb. 28.
Progress in the last-chance trial won't carry over to the full game, but your created character appearance will. The trial will feature some of the sequel's new Yokai, spirits who assist you in battle, as well as the new Switchglaive weapon. The trial period will end on March 1, at 11:59 p.m. PT.
In our time so far with Nioh 2, we've found it wonderfully tough, much like its predecessor. Taking inspiration from Souls games in its blend of action, RPG, Diablo, Metroid, and more, the big change this time is the Yokai. You can summon the spirit of ogres and others to give you an edge, but bosses can too, so look out for that.
We recently had a frank chat with Nioh 2 producer Fumihiko Yasuda, mostly about the difficulty of the game and how things were changing in the sequel. While there are new options like button remapping, it sounds like Nioh 2 will retain some of the first's challenge. At least the tutorials are getting an update due to feedback from Nioh 2's open beta, so you can be a little more prepared.
Nioh 2 hits PlayStation 4 on March 13, 2020. If you decide to jump into the trial, be sure to read up on our tips like how to turn into a Yokai.