The DLC for Nioh is finally out today. Developer Team Ninja is offering both paid and free DLC to the base game.
“Dragon of the North” is the paid portion of the DLC on offer. Dragon of the North will offer new missions in the Oshu region of Japan where protagonist William Adams faces off against Lord Masamune Date as well as a terrifying new set of Yokai. Thankfully the DLC gives you access to new armaments including new Guardian Spirits, armor, ninja skills, onmyo magic skills, and a brand new type of weapon called the Odachi which is basically a giant katana.
On Playstation Blog, Team Ninja Creative Director Tom Lee explains that they picked Lord Masamune Date as an antagonist because of his interesting mix of arrogance and devotion as a leader.
We found this disparity in his personality to be something that we could utilize to create a memorable character and a formidable adversary for William.
The free DLC includes the much anticipated PVP mode. Previously, you could only fight other players by summoning AI-controlled “revenant” versions of said players wearing all of their armor and weaponry. Fights include one versus one matches as well as a two versus two matches where players can revive their partners. Matches take place on a variety of stages with some including gimmicks. Items and skills from singleplayer will be usable but some items will be adjusted for better balance in PVP.
Players will also be receiving character skins based on Onmyo Mage Fuku and Blacksmith Senji Tome.
In late March, Team Ninja released Patch 1.06 which added 10 high difficulty missions including a boss rush-style one. It also added the ability to pause the game by pressing “options” in the status menu (though this is disabled in multiplayer). There are also new settings to customize the game which includes changing the color of rare items for colorblind players. A full list of changes can be found here.
The Season Pass will net you the Dragon of the North DLC as well as two other upcoming expansions “Defiant Honor” and “Bloodshed’s End.”