Fumihiko Yasuda comments that after almost four years since its first release, Nioh needs to rest for a long time.
At the beginning of 2017, a surprising game was released in the style of Dark Souls, but with a very striking oriental and medieval aesthetic. It was a very different style from what you used to see from the Soulsburners, and many found it a fascinating idea. This game was Nioh, which received critical acclaim and showed Team Ninja that they were still capable of wowing the world. However, four years later, this short experiment will have to take a break. It’s not the end of Nioh, but don’t expect to see it for a while.
In an interview with Famitsu magazine, Fumihiko Yashuda (director of both Nioh games) had a few words to share about the future of the franchise. Yashuda commented:
At Team Ninja, the seven years of development of the Nioh franchise will come to a halt, and there are several projects that we will begin development on in 2021. I plan to change my development style to accommodate the changes in my life. and focus on new titles. As for me personally, I will try not to gain more weight.
The first Nioh was a sensation, selling more than three million units. Released three years later, the results of Nioh 2 were a bit less exciting, not even reaching the middle of its first installment more than six months after its release. Perhaps it was these results that motivated them to take a break or perhaps it was just a general feeling of exhaustion. Or it could also be that they have a lot of faith in their future projects. We will see if they can replicate or exceed what they achieved with the two installments of this franchise.