First Gameplay For Nioh 2 Shown In Trailer For Closed Alpha

First Gameplay For Nioh 2 Shown In Trailer For Closed Alpha

It looks like you'll play several different characters in this one.

Team Ninja's upcoming samurai action sequel Nioh 2 will be in closed alpha soon, but for those who don't make it in, there is a consolation prize. The trailer for the closed alpha shows the first glimpses of actual gameplay in Nioh 2.

Combat still plays out in a manner similar to the first Nioh, but it looks like you'll be controlling several different characters this time around. We were able to pick out three different fighters in this one trailer: a traditional samurai, a more agile but less armored warrior, and a shrine maiden-styled character.

Each of them has their own demon transformation, turning them into fighters with seemingly mythical power. There are a number of different weapons as well, like dual axes, a lance, and the traditional katana. They'll all help to topple the sea of foes shown, from creepy snake ladies to massive ogres and even other samurai.

According to the Team Ninja Twitter, "some" PlayStation 4 users will be invited to take part in a closed alpha from May 24 through June 2. The studio says players will help them "gather feedback for the development." More details are coming, but there are no plans to expand the alpha at the moment.

Nioh 2 was a surprise announcement at last year's E3, as the follow-up to a surprise hit from Team Ninja that boasted an incredible difficulty curve and was an overall impressive take on the Souls style of game. It'll be interesting to see if Nioh 2 will prove the series can be a real competitor for its inspiration.

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Eric Van Allen

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