Nioh is an upcoming action role-playing game developed by Team Ninja for the PlayStation 4. It will release worldwide in February 2017: it will be published by Koei Tecmo in Japan and Sony Interactive Entertainment internationally. Gameplay, which has been compared to Souls series, revolves around navigating levels and defeating monsters that have infested an area. Nioh takes place in the early 1600s during a fictionalized version of the Sengoku period, when Japan was in the midst of civil war prior to the ascension of the Tokugawa shogunate. A sailor named William, in pursuit of an enemy, arrives in Japan and is enlisted by Hattori Hanzō, servant to Tokugawa Ieyasu, in defeating yokai that are flourishing in the wake the warring daimyo factions.
Nioh is an action role-playing game set in Japan during the 1600s, with players taking the role of a Western samurai named William. The player guides William on missions through enclosed environments fighting both human enemies and supernatural beings called yokai: missions are self-contained, and selected from a menu rather than reached by navigating an open world. Shrines scattered through levels act as checkpoints, allowing players to save progress, replenish health and raise William's experience level through accrued experience points: doing this respawns all normal enemies within an area. Skill points acquired in combat can also be assigned at shrines.