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Nioh's out now on PlayStation 4, and most seem to think that it's very good - but its approach to cooperative play has got some people riled up. Basically, you can summon friends into your game and fight side by side, but only if your ally has already completed the current level. In other words, you can't join up with a pal and beat the game together from scratch.

Fair enough, that's just the way that the title is designed - but the fact that players could band together regardless of their progress in the pre-release demo has got people wondering why co-op was made more restrictive for the final release.

In a statement to Kotaku, create director Tom Lee gives the developer's perspective, claiming that unrestricted co-op would "make it too easy for players to beat the game". Lee explains: "We want players to experience Nioh in how it was intended to be. We allowed players to co-op anytime in the last trial demo only because of the limited stages and time to try out the demo."

We're not entirely sure where we stand on this. On one hand, blindly progressing through a new game with a friend by your side can be fantastic fun, and it's certainly a nice option to have around, but on the other, you've got to respect the studio's vision for its creation.

What do you make of this? Would unrestricted co-op make Nioh too easy, or would you rather the option be available? Form an unbeatable tag team in the comments section below.