After a thrilling reveal at E3, the teams at FromSoftware and Activision are excited to shed more light on Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Starting off, fans will be excited to learn that the game will be officially available on March 22, 2019 on Xbox One and is available for pre-order starting today on the Microsoft Store in select markets. And for the diehard fans who can’t wait until then, get ready to dive into the first-ever public hands-on experience this week at gamescom 2018. Now let’s jump into what else is coming to the world and warrior of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
As shown in the debut trailer at E3, the one-armed wolf is equipped to handle an endless array of foes through a combination of his multi-faceted prosthetic arm and brutally efficient katana. Now we’re thrilled to announce that this approach to combat will go a step further in the game as players can restructure their prosthetic tools to unlock new actions. Find yourself surrounded by a horde of enemies? Carry out powerful charge attacks to disperse your foes and take them out individually, or initiate an additional status effect to gain an advantage and take them all out at once.
In addition to prosthetic tool modifications, players will immerse themselves in the game’s Sword Arts and find even more ways to approach combat and enrich their gameplay, changing the pace of swordplay to reflect their playstyle. Players can utilize the Sword Arts to form rapid, consecutive strikes to wipe out enemies quickly or slow it down and enact devastating finishes if that suits their killing style.
We’re also excited to share some more player experiences that impact the defensive side of things. With the urgent pace of battles in-game, you’ll be constantly kept on your toes and required to assess enemies’ attacks at a rapid pace. When faced with an aggressive, potentially guard-penetrating attack, the choices are twofold: either play it safe and evade, or take the risk and parry to hopefully deliver a counter blow. These split-second decisions will demand the utmost care from players as they look to survive in the increasingly mysterious and perilous world of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
With innovations in how the player lives and fights, one cannot forget that in a FromSoftware game there must be a mention of death. This time it comes with a twist: players can enact the Resurrection Technique and if executed well, you’ll obtain an advantage over your foes. Strategically planned resurrections can give you an opportunity to retreat and plan your next ambush, or immediately go on the offensive and re-engage by dealing the first blow. Like the rest of the shinobi’s set of tools, Resurrection is simply another strategic approach you’ll have to battle your way through and carry out your revenge.
Once again, we’re humbled by all the intrigue surrounding this title and want to thank those who have come along for the ride as we share more. We’re excited to see players get their hands on it at gamescom and beyond.