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Sifu, An Exciting New Martial-Arts Game, Premieres During State Of Play

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Sifu premiered today as part of Sony’s State of Play showcase. Developed by indie development studio Sloclap (the creators of Absolver in 2017), Sifu is an intense third-person action game where players face waves of enemies in a variety of environments – from apartment complexes to arenas. of death – using an array of martial arts techniques. Players can use the environment to their advantage by pinning enemies to walls for devastating attacks. Some of the opponents in your path will attempt to take you down with deadly weapons like pipes and knives, but the combat mechanics allow for interesting counterattacks and opportunities for players to use their own unique weapons.

Visually, Sifu seems inspired by fan favorite kung fu movies, but based on the dark tone of the trailer, the grainy realism of the combat moves, and the serious disposition of the main character, the game appears to have a narrative. more grounded staff. . Sifu follows the journey of a young martial artist who swears revenge on the mysterious group of assassins who murdered his family. Players are tasked with tracking down each assassin one by one in different neighborhoods of a fictional Chinese city. Neon lights fall worryingly against dark hallways where gangs of infamous enemies lurk. If players die during their travels, a mysterious pendant will eventually bring them back to life. But according to Sifu’s press release, the death challenge comes at a cost: “you will age considerably each time you come back to life: time is the price you will pay for your revenge.

More details on what players are required to experience in gameplay (at least, on a more mechanical level) as well as the fuller narrative will likely be revealed in the coming months. Sifu is slated for release this year on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC (via Epic Store).

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