Two months ago, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice was officially revealed during Microsoft’s E3 press conference. Next week, fans and media will finally have the opportunity to go hands-on with the game developed by the team behind Bloodborne and the Dark Souls series.
At Gamescom, which runs from August 21st through the 25th in Cologne, Germany, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be playable during the convention, according to the game’s official twitter. The game was shown this past December during The Game Awards with a vague teaser trailer, before finally being revealed in June.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an action-RPG set in feudal Sengoku, Japan during the late 16th century, where players will take on the role of “the one-armed wolf,” Sekiro, who returns from near-death in order to save a young lord from the dangers of the Ashina Clan. While Sekiro will be developed with influences from FromSoftware’s other two notable franchises, director Hidetaka Miyazaki has said their newest game “should be more challenging” than other FromSoftware games.
Part of the reason for this more challenging approach is due to the game’s absence of any multiplayer features. The idea behind creating Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice to be a fully single-player experience is to allow FromSoftware to present a deeper set of mechanics for players, rather than forcing them to rely on outside assistance, whether it be by cooperative play or leaving hints and tricks lying around the game’s world. The studio has been adamant this new vision in development is because they wish to remove the “Soulsborne” label fans have been putting on the upcoming title since its reveal trailer.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is just one of many upcoming games centered around the feudal Japan setting. During E3, Koei Tecmo announced their team was working on Nioh 2, which also draws inspiration from the playing style of FromSoftware titles and is inspired by feudal Japan. In addition, the upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive Ghosts of Tsushima from Sucker Punch is also set the same time period. It does appear likely Sekiro will be the first of the three to hit store shelves, however, as the other two games currently have no release windows.
On top of looking like it will most likely release first, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the only one of the three releasing on multiple platforms. The Nioh property is being published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, meaning the sequel will remain solely on PlayStation consoles, while Ghosts of Tsushima’s developer Sucker Punch has been owned by Sony since 2011.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is coming in early 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.