FromSoftware, the studio that brought you the Dark Souls series and Bloodborne has just announced the release date for its forthcoming game, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. The game is set for release on March 22, 2019 and is now available for pre-order on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. In addition to pre-orders, FromSoftware has also revealed the collector’s edition for the game.
The Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Collector’s Edition will contain the full game contained within a limited edition Steelbook, a 7” Shinobi statue that highlights the prosthetic bone arm we saw in that obscure Sekiro teaser back at last year’s Game Awards, a map, 3 Sengoku Era game coins, the digital soundtrack, and a collectible art book.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will take place in the late 1500s, during the Sengoku period of Japan. The Sengoku period was marked by great political strife, a time that was marred by relentless fighting between warring states, all vying for control of the populace. Clearly, FromSoftware have done their homework in selecting the perfect setting for their next game. As a fan of the Dark Souls series, I have been eagerly waiting for the next FromSoftware release, and the fact that its set in the heavily romanticized samurai era of Japan makes me all the more excited for the upcoming game release; as such you can be sure that I’ll be pre-ordering the game.
Furthermore, an interesting new development has been revealed today in the new trailer release for the game. Towards the end of the new Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice trailer, we see that the shinobi has been killed but is seemingly resurrected to fight again, which lends credence to the moniker of “shadows die twice”. In an interview with Playstation, game director Hidetaka Miyazaki said “There will be a regeneration system, where players have a few chances to resurrect themselves upon death.” This has thus far been met with considerably controversy, especially from Dark Souls faithfuls. Even more surprising is the proposed lack of character classes, stats, and leveling up in the completed game.
Despite these somewhat divisive game developments, I believe that Miyazaki should be praised for his innovation and willingness to change gameplay dynamics; I remain hopeful for the final product and the game will definitely be on my list of games to buy in 2019.
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