Team Ninja, best known for their Ninja Gaiden series, officially unveiled Nioh at the PlayStation Experience in 2015. Proper in-game footage has now been released via a video that showcases a segment played behind closed doors at PSX 2015.
The video shows off samurai-Geralt (they’re clearly not even trying to hide it) dispatching various enemies and demons. There’s a very distinct Dark Souls vibe, and the combat seems to favour quick thinking and fighting smart instead of mashing buttons to perform attacks. Combat is dependent on a stamina bar, and well-timed blocks and dodges are essential for survival. The footage also shows off a fairly large equipment selection, so hopefully the RPG elements run deep.
Interestingly, Nioh seems to have a stance mechanic. It depicts several kendo stances, and I’m guessing each affects how your character will fight with his katana, yari and yumi.