Koei Tecmo has shed a bit more light on the downloadable demo that will be released for Nioh on August 23rd on the PlayStation Store and will be playable until September 6th. This beta demo is the follow up to the Alpha demo earlier this year and features a number of changes that the company has made according to fan feedback. The first stage of the demo will feature new challenges and another chance to unlock the “Mark of the Conqueror” DLC. If you already cleared the Alpha demo then you will be given a new set of weapons and money to start this time around and be able to play through the brand new Nakatsu stage without having to go through Usuki first.
The new Nakatsu stage leads protagonist William along a treacherous mountain path to a deep cave, where he must prevail against human and supernatural enemies alike—including the seductive Hinoenma, a dangerous Yokai under the guise of a beautiful woman. Defeating the Nakatsu stage will award players with the Mark of the Strong DLC, which will be available when the game launches. Those who manage to make it all the way through the demo will be able to revisit older stages through Twilight missions where stronger and brand new enemies await them and try out a variety of new weapons such as a long-ranged hand cannon, plenty of new katanas, a variety of other melee weapons, and even some new Onmyo Magic and Ninjustu elements.