Nioh continues terrorizing the video game underworld as a dark horse in the making. Everyone who has played it has great things to say about it, and Sony is obviously hoping that word of mouth can carry it all the way to release. Why does Sony care so much? Because it is now publishing the game throughout most of the world.

Sony will be releasing Nioh under its own banner in North America, Europe, and Asia. Only in Japan is Tecmo Koei still set to publish the title. Sony must have a lot of confidence in the title if it is willing to take a risk on it, and even Team Ninja boss Yosuke Hayashi had praise for the deal, saying he wants Sony to “get the game into as many hands as possible.”

With the news comes an entirely new batch of screenshots showing off historical figures and battles with the demons! Sony’s publishing also scored it extra benefits with the PlayStation 4 Pro. Nioh has plenty of graphical settings now that home consoles have essentially become PCs.

  • PlayStation 4
    • Option 1: “Movie Mode” – This mode focuses on resolution over frame rate, offering beautiful high resolution graphics with stable 30fps.
    • Option 2: “Action Mode” – Here the emphasis is on frame rate, providing a stable 60fps.
    • Option 3: “Movie Mode (Variable frame rate)” – Finally, this option provides high resolution graphics with a variable frame rate that may go over 30fps.
  • PlayStation 4 Pro
    • HD Display, Option 1: “Movie Mode” – Stable 1920×1080 resolution with high quality anti-aliasing at 30fps.
    • HD Display, Option 2: “Action Mode” – Stable 1920×1080 resolution at 60fps.
    • 4K Display, Option 1: “Movie Mode” – Stable 3840×2160 resolution at 30fps.
    • 4K Display, Option 2: “Action Mode” – Stable 1920×1080 resolution at 60fps.

Sony hopes this will be the new Bloodborne

Much of the praise aimed towards Nioh is how it mimics the popular Dark Souls games, and by extension, Sony’s own hit, Bloodborne. The attraction for Sony to strike gold with the formula twice seemed to be a little too irresistible.

While I think Nioh comes up a bit short in those comparisons, it’s still a really solid action game. The ten years that have passed since it first entered development have seen many changes to the action genre, and Nioh borrows just as much from Ninja Gaiden as it does Dark Souls. The question remains if it can reach their towering heights. Keep your expectations in check, but also be sure to check out the game when it launches.

Nioh will be released for the PlayStation 4 on Feb. 9, 2017.