If you want to get to the DLC without beating Way of the STRONG, go back to the World Map, hit Square to bring up the area select screen, hit square again to change the difficultly to "Way of the SAMURAI", select the "Tohoku Region" to start the Dragon of the North DLC.
How To Unlock Way of the DEMON(super hard) in Nioh
Beat The Game Twice
Yes, you read that right. Before you even think about punishing William further, you will need to complete two playthroughs of the game.
Way of the Demon essentially acts as Nioh's NG++. After beating the game for the first time, you will unlock Way of the Strong. Once you return to the game overview screen, you can choose any available mission on this difficulty. If you've got the DLC, complete all main missions on Way of the Strong and then return to the overview screen. Now you can get started on Way of the Demon!
I can't quite remember but I think you are supposed to do all the main mission again on a harder difficulty to unlock the "abyss dungeon"(basically a never ending dungeon with thousands of floors). Here just found this:
You have to beat Queens Eye in Way of the Samurai (first playthrough) by doing this will unlock DLC.
Also beating Queens Eye (first playthrough) will unlock Way of the Strong (which is NG+)
You can change between Samurai(normal) and Strong(hard) regions as you wish
So seems like Queens Eye mission is the key.
Thank you, this was super helpful, Now I no what "way of the.." maps are. That's what was confusing me the most.And Tohuko region is the first DLC if I understand you correctly?
Seems I have to grind up my level on way of the strong to get to level 170 so I don't get trashed which is really odd for a DLC to hit a recommended level so far above that of beating the game with the majority of the side content. I only have some side content on the last map of the normal "way of the..." map, two boss fights I think (which is the reason I pit down the game m, they're so friggin difficult) and the castle side missions and I'm at level 111 if I remember correctly. That's a lotta grinding but I suppose I do have to re-familiarize myself with the game and knock a few trophies out for the platinum.
After Dragon of the north in Tohonko region which of the Osaka maps do I do? Winter or summer, seems I've unlocked them both and watched their opening cutscenes but not finished any missions.
Edit: Nope, I was wrong. I'm level 155.