Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is getting an update that might tempt you to return to its world later this week. The various new features will roll out on Oct. 28 and will be included in the upcoming Game of the Year version.
The update, which is free, will include new boss challenge modes, player recordings, single-life challenges, and unlockable skins. It will be available for download at 10:00 a.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. GMT / 2:00 a.m. JST on Oct. 29th.
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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice was crowned Game of the Year at last year’s Game Awards, beating nominees like Control, Death Stranding, Resident Evil 2 Remake, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and The Outer Worlds. A report from June of last year indicated that, despite its critical and commercial success, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice would receive no formal DLC like Bloodborne and Dark Souls III. Developer From Software had never indicated DLC in its plans for the game even during the months after the game’s launch.
However, the universe of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice has seen expansions. June 2020 saw the physical release of a manga titled Sekiro Side Story: Hanbei the Undying. While the chapters for this story had been gradually unveiled since the game’s release, this marked the first time that the whole series became physically available in English. Rather than any expansions for the future of the universe, since there’s plenty of material there that From Software can explore in the future, it operates as a prequel story. This is because, in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, the fate of Hanbei — the sapient training dummy that protagonist Sekiro practices with, and the focus of the manga series — can be decided through a sidequest. The manga series spans 144 pages and is written by Shin Yamamoto, who worked on the Monster Hunter tie-in manga, Monster Hunter: Flash Hunter.
For now, From Software is known to be working on Elden Ring with George R.R. Martin, a game many have been eager to see more of since its highly mysterious reveal at E3 2019.