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Nioh: Bloodshed’s End is out today, and it’s packed with new content

Find out what’s included in Nioh’s final expansion

Hi folks, it’s Tom with Team Ninja again. As we celebrate the release of our final DLC today, I just wanted to provide some insight and inspiration into why we chose to finish our campaign with Bloodshed’s End.

As our dedicated players have come to experience the bloody Sengoku period through the eyes and heart of William, we wanted to conclude his adventure with an ending that is deserving of this incredibly awe-inspiring time in history. We chose the Osaka summer battle as the most fitting stage to close out our campaign and lead us to the end of the Sengoku era.

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In the battle of the Osaka summer campaign, brave men fought and died for causes such as loyalty, honor and justice. For the Toyotomi clan, this final battle was quite literally a life or death struggle for them.

Look closely at the famed Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s armor that was once the symbol of his might and glory. There’s a lot of meaning behind those details. We put a lot of effort into depicting this sense of valor as well as the violence and brutality of war throughout our new stage and character designs.

In addition, our latest guardian spirit is Janomecho which will finally become available for everyone to employ. As many of you know, William has had a storied history with Janomecho’s masters – Otani Yoshitsugu and his son in law, Sanada Yukimura. How will he acquire the guardian spirit Janomecho in Bloodshed’s End?

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William also returned to Japan because of a vision he had about Hattori Hanzo. But according to history, Hanzo was supposed to have died in the summer campaign. What will be the fate of his loyal friend Hanzo who helped shape history from the shadows? Well, there’s only one way to find out… Fight and survive the experience of Bloodshed’s End!

Believe me, you don’t want to miss out on witnessing the fates of these larger than life historical figures. Speaking of historical figures, we want you to pay special attention to Yodogimi who we chose to feature in our key art. There’s a lot of depth to her portrayal as we consider Yodogimi to be the embodiment of the great tragedy and cruelty that is the Sengoku era.

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Besides the incredible DLC, let’s talk briefly about The Abyss. The deepest level of The Abyss is without question, the most challenging aspect of this entire game. In fact, in The Abyss you can summon up to two visitors to have a three person co-op which should tell you something about its difficulty level.

Even our director, Fumihiko Yasuda tells me that he will need the help of players online to get through this mode. That’s saying a lot because I can tell you that our director is a pretty stellar player!

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Last but not least, we have a special treat for many of our loyal Ninja Gaiden fans in Bloodshed’s End. I won’t completely spoil the surprise at this time, but you will be provided with a memorable award for your hard earned achievement. That’s all I will say.

Finally, let me just thank everyone for their amazing support and dedication for our game. It’s been an amazing ride for all of us. As we end our journey with Bloodshed’s End this month, I wanted to leave you with a personal message from our director Yasuda-san, which accurately expresses the sentiments of our entire Nioh team. Cheers!

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“When the scene after William’s final battle was completed, there was a huge sense of loss and I was very sentimental. That’s because for years, William was always there on our monitors traversing Sengoku Japan, fighting Yokai after another… and I felt I would no longer see that again.

Nioh’s development happened during difficult times for Team Ninja. So while it was a tremendous challenge, it also came with unimaginable joy and sorrow. This may sound dramatic but as I see William, who dies again and again, only to come back stronger and continue to take on tougher foes. In this vision, I see the new embodiment of Team NINJA as well.

While I am starting to think about the future, at this very moment I only wish for our players to take delight in the final chapter of William’s tale.”

– Fumihiko Yasuda

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Hey Team Ninja, you’ve made a really special game here and I can’t wait to play this DLC tonight. Waiting for the sequel announcement too

X_Blood_Curse_X 26 September, 2017 @ 20:14
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Love to see great games do well

I wanted to start this one again. Had the season pass, but only ever played through the vanilla game. Now I can look forward to the complete experience .

And speaking of that complete experience, I wish you Team Ninjas would clarify what these 5 new weapons are that according to the TGS reveal of the Complete Edition will be included in the digital version, but not in the physical version. Are these actual new weapon types? Or just like one legendary item for each weapon class? Because I would not like it if five new weapon classes would only be available for the people buying the digital complete edition…

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It’s unlikely it would be 5 whole new weapon types. That would require not just the 5 new movesets, but 5 new levels for the techniques and some menu redesigns to fit stuff in. It’s probably going to be like the preorder Sanada armor set, basically just a weapon skin.

The new levels are nice, and it’s nice to finally get inside Osaka castle!

The release did come with a few bugs. Not so much the gameplay but there are a pile of items called things like “L 00000 5” or missing titles or descriptions entirely (the 4 armed enemy can also go into an infinite cycle of grab attacks, but that’s rare). This is probably known already and you’re already fixing it, but it would be nice to know what some of the weapons are (the Todo set for example is bugged)!

Also one tiiiny request that would be really helpful. You can filter items by level (normal/rare/divine/ethereal etc) but can we also have a filter for level of divine/ethereal? I always want to remove all of the items under divine level something (say 10/20/30) to sell but you either have to do all divine or none. Even in sets of 5 divine levels would be useful!

Lets hope there’s a sequel to this brilliant game. Don’t make us wait too long

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A sequel would be great! Though the game being vaguely historic does mean they’d either have to tell things from a different angle or a slightly earlier period to include big battles..

Ninja Gaiden 4 next please, Nioh is ok but Team Ninja really need to put a new NG out there. Even a remaster of Sigma 2 would be cool.

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Releasing the flop that was 3 twice probably makes them a bit uneasy about continuing that series!

Team Ninja have already said there will be more NG games. Even though 3/Razor’s was a train wreck I’ve got faith they can make the series great again. As long as that idiot Yosuke Hayashi is kept well away from it I’m sure NG4 will be fine.

I dont say this lightly, but Nioh may well replace my favorite game of all time. Nioh is seriously an exceptional game AND it was improved with each update and DLC. Thank you for bringing this game to us!

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