Sony Interactive Entertainment Hong Kong Limited announced on 29th of January that the Traditional Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean and Thai version of PlayStation®4 (PS4) software SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE, developed by renowned developer From Software (Demon’s Souls, Bloodborne) through a collaboration project with Activision Publishing, Inc., will be released worldwide on Friday 22nd March, 2019. From 29th January to 19th March, SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE Blu-ray disc version will be available for pre-order at PlayStation®Platinum Shop, SONY Store, and SONY Store, Online.
SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE is an action adventure game with RPG elements focusing on Shinobi’s solitary battles in the Sengoku Period, one of the bloodiest periods in Japanese history. The game also features exciting sword fights and various actions using a prosthetic ninja arm. In August, it won the Best of gamescom award at Gamescom 2018, Europe’s largest gaming trade show, and gathered attention from Gamers around the world.
The Pre-ordered digital edition version to received a PS4 original theme as a pre-order bonus.
The game takes place in a fictionalised, magical version of the Sengoku period in Japan. It is based on a shinobi known as Wolf as he attempts to take revenge on a samurai clan who kidnapped his lord.
Gameplay is focused on stealth, exploration, and combat, with a particular emphasis on boss battles. Some of the areas in the game are inspired by real-life locations, but most of them are artificial. The game also makes strong references to Buddhist mythology and philosophy. While creating the game, director Hidetaka Miyazaki wanted to create a new intellectual property (IP). That marked a departure from the Souls series of games also made by FromSoftware.
Sekiro received universal acclaim from critics, who commonly compared and contrasted it to the Souls games. While its high level of difficulty received some criticism, praise was directed toward its gameplay, story and setting. Within ten days of its release, the game had sold over two million copies worldwide.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a third person action-adventure game. Compared to FromSoftware’s own Souls series, the game features fewer role-playing elements. This also lacks character creation and the ability to level up a variety of stats, and have no multiplayer elements. It does, however, include gear upgrading, a skill tree, and limited ability customization. Rather than attacking to whittle an enemy’s health points, combat in Sekiro revolves around using a katana to attack their posture and balance instead, which eventually leads to an opening that allows for a single killing blow.
The game also features stealth elements, allowing players to immediately eliminate some enemies if they can get in range undetected. In addition, the player character has the ability to use various tools to assist with combat and exploration. If the player character dies, they have the option of being revived on the spot if they have resurrection power. The power is restored by killing enemies, instead of respawning at checkpoints.
On release day, Sekiro drew over 108,000 concurrent players on Steam. The highest for a new game launched during January–March 2019. It was the third highest of any Japanese game in the platform’s history. Only behind Monster Hunter: World and Dark Souls III. Later in March, it had reached over 125,000 concurrent players on Steam, making it one of the most played games on the platform at the time. In its debut week, Sekiro topped both the UK and EMEAA (Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia) charts. In Japan, the game debuted at first with 157,548 retail copies sold in its opening weekend. Within ten days of its release, over two million copies were sold worldwide.