Looks like a prettier and more varied version of Nioh so far, so not too much of a departure! I am cautiously optimistic about that. Hopefully they make a lot of quality of life and balance improvements cause while Nioh was a fun game its also a fuckin mess of terrible UI, near-pointless loot, inscrutable systems, and wonky, frustrating difficulty design. Many of the enemy designs, while cool to look at, were pretty bland to actually fight so hopefully they can take what they learned from the first one and make them more interesting. I also liked the more complex movesets compared to the souls games but felt they weren’t always as smooth to use as they needed to be for such a fast-paced game, so I hope that’s better too.
VERY excited for the new character creation though (I think they said it would have that at E3 2018?), samurai geralt was an amusing dork but I had zero attachment to him in the story. Let me be a lady samurai!! Hopefully the loot is designed in a way that is more conducive to fashion nioh-ing, too. In the first game, optimizing my armor always caused me to look like a massive dipshit, which is rarely a problem in the souls games due to their more tightly designed equipment systems.
Despite my nitpicking, I AM actually pretty pumped for this. I eventually gave up on it in late-game when i ended up getting stuck and had to do some really tiresome grinding (and then Sekiro came out and I never looked back), but it was great fun up to that point.