From Software has revealed that its altering the way it tells tales on the subject of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. The distinction of magnificence in opposition to demise will nonetheless be current in its narrative, however Sekiro will probably be a couple of particular character along with his personal backstory versus a anonymous, clean slate protagonist like in earlier Soulsborne video games.
“We’re trying to tell more of a drama, if you will, of these characters,” From Software advertising and communications supervisor Yasuhiro Kitao stated to Game Informer in an interview. Sekiro follows the altering relationship between Young Lord and his guardian The Wolf, the latter of which you play as. In the start of the sport’s story, the 2 are attacked and Young Lord is kidnapped whereas The Wolf is left defeated along with his arm reduce off. Upon awakening, The Wolf receives his prosthetic arm after which units out on a quest to search out Young Lord and defeat these chargeable for the assault.
On his journey, The Wolf will meet different characters, however in contrast to earlier From Software video games the place the protagonist wordlessly responds to others, The Wolf will really converse to folks. He is his personal particular person, along with his personal ideas, emotions, and sense of morality. In flip, having a personality with a longtime backstory has allowed From Software to implement storytelling methods which can be absent from previous Soulsborne titles, corresponding to flashback sequences.
All that stated, From Software does not wish to take away from gamers who love theorizing concerning the lore of Soulsborne video games. Even although The Wolf has a longtime previous, the historical past of the world he lives in–as properly because the enemies, bosses, and a number of the characters he meets–are fragmented. It’ll be as much as you to piece collectively precisely what occurred previous to the sport’s occasions.
In Sekiro, From Software is breaking loads of different conventions it is established with its previous Soulsborne video games. One of essentially the most notable modifications is in how boss battles play out, as Sekiro’s expanded traversal mechanics–such as stealth, parkour, and a grappling hook–allow for extra distinctive encounters. Sekiro additionally won’t have an online multiplayer, so From Software has designed the sport to permit gamers to actually pause the action wherever they’re. Unlike Dark Souls III and Bloodborne, Sekiro could have a hub area that is linked to its world, permitting for extra alternatives to freely discover.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice releases for Xbox One, PS4, and PC on March 22.