Both the Complete Editions of Nioh and Nioh 2 are on the Epic Games Store starting today, with the former going free for a week. Yes, both of Team Ninja’s incredible Souls-likes have made it onto the storefront today. Epic has, at times, dropped surprise free games before. And both Nioh games, with the first free to claim on the service, is a nice surprise indeed. Nioh joins Sheltered, which was already scheduled to be given away today.
A lot changed for Team Ninja with the release of Nioh in 2017. The Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive developer hadn’t published a major, breakthrough game in some time. Nioh, a Souls-like set in 1600s Japan, brought the developer back to the spotlight. Based very loosely on the story of William Adams, who became one of the first Western samurai, its narrative followed William as he hacked and slashed through waves of yōkai (Japanese demons).
Did I say very loosely? Because other than borrowing the name, I don’t believe the real William was fighting demons from another realm. But I’m no historian.
Back to the realm of demons
You can follow William’s bizarre journey in Nioh: The Complete Edition for free on the Epic Games Store starting today. The game is the full package, including all of Nioh‘s expansions: Dragon of the North, Defiant Honor, and Bloodshed’s End. It also comes with the Fujin Helmet that you can claim from a shrine. I played through the game back when it was on the PlayStation 4, and I loved it. While the story went everywhere and was often hard to follow, it lived up to Team Ninja’s penchant for excellent combat. It’s certainly worth picking up if you’re looking for a good challenge.
Along with Nioh, Sheltered is also going free today, and we know what’s coming next. Starting September 16, you can pick up Speed Brawl (which was supposed to be free in August until it got replaced) and Tharsis. You can check out all four on the Free Games section at the store.