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A Samurai Game Based on an Akira Kurosawa Script is Finally Getting Released

Samurai title Ni-Oh will finally make its way to Playstation 4 next year — a decade after it was originally announced.

Publisher Koei Tecmo showed off a new trailer for the game, which will be a Playstation 4 exclusive when it’s released in 2016, today at Sony’s press conference during the Tokyo Game Show. The publisher previously had announced Ni-Oh back in 2005, with the idea that it would be based on “Oni,” an unfinished script by acclaimed Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa (The Seven Samurai, Ran, Yojimbo). Ni-Oh went on to be seriously delayed, but back in 2010 was supposed to be in the purview of Team Ninja, the studio responsible for the Ninja Gaiden series. Since that time, however, there’s been little movement on the title until now.

Looking at the trailer for Ni-Oh above, it definitely has a fast-paced sword-fighting ninja vibe to it, much like the Ninja Gaiden series. “Oni” means “demon” in Japanese, and the game certainly seems brimming with those, too. There aren’t too many other details besides those, but really, sword fighting with demons in feudal Japan might be all the explanation anyone needs.


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