Nioh 2 Trial Teaser Shows Off Brutal New Weapon

The Switchglaive isn't coming to Switch.

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Nioh 2 is right around the corner, and you can try the Souls-like before it launches during a special free trial period on PS4. Koei Tecmo released a teaser trailer to show off the trial, and it's every bit as flashy and intense as we expected.

The Nioh 2 Last Chance Trial features three missions from the game, including the Mount Tenno location, and the character you make during the demo will transfer into the full version. Your progress won't, but it gives some incentive to play the trial for those already set on purchasing the game. Unlike in the first Nioh, you play as an avatar rather than a set character, so you can go nuts to make them look as ridiculous as possible. Those who play the trial will also get the Kamaitachi Helmet in the full game.

The trial also includes a new weapon called the Switchglaive, which is a form-shifting scythe. The enormous red weapon can be seen in the trailer, and it's remarkably fast despite its huge size.

Near the end, the player turns into a Yokai form, allowing for a quick burst of damage for a limited time. It's one of the mechanics that sets the series apart from Dark Souls, as do its many different combat styles and stances. What remains are Nioh's version of bonfires, called shrines, where currency is spent to level up.

Nioh 2 comes exclusively to PS4 on March 13, and the trial runs from February 28 to March 1. The first game eventually saw a release on PC, as well, but this platform hasn't been confirmed yet for the sequel.

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