Sekiro™: Shadows Die Twice Gameplay Overview Trailer is Here!

Prepare yourself for a journey into the dark world of Sekiro, with a story synopsis, information on gameplay mechanics, and more. Enhance your game knowledge with a tactical overview of how to play like an accomplished shinobi.

by David Hodgson on March 18, 2019

Welcome to a vision of Japan unlike anything you’ve experienced before! For those with previous experience of FromSoftware games, expect a completely different and new set of deep tactics to master. As you gain in confidence and competence, use patience and skill to carve your own path to vengeance.
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 Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is set during the closing years of the Sengoku period. It is a time of near endless conflict and bloodshed. Journey into this unforgiving world shaped by violence and discover what secrets await in the shadows.

Part 1: The Story

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice follows the story of a shinobi known as the Wolf. As a young boy roaming the battlefield, he’s taken in by The Owl. The Wolf is assigned to protect a new master known as The Divine Heir. The boy is the descendant of a mysterious bloodline, making him the target of the Ashina Clan.

Part 2: The Shinobi Prosthetic

The Wolf’s prosthetic arm changes how he fights. This mysterious shinobi tool can be outfitted with an arsenal of powerful items like the grappling hook. Use it to explore new areas or gain a tactical advantage. Break shields with the Loaded Axe. Drag enemies closer with the Loaded Spear. Or set them ablaze with the Flame Vent. Stun and confuse enemies with Shuriken and Firecrackers. Or deflect heavy attacks with the Loaded Umbrella. Mix these powerful tools with your Sword to find new ways to kill ingeniously and tip the odds of the fight your way.

Part 3: Combat

Combat in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice requires strategy, and the same tactics won’t work against every enemy. A master shinobi must be both aggressive, and versatile. Deflection is just one way to turn an enemy’s attacks into an opportunity. Each deflection will deal damage to an enemy’s posture. Keep it up and the enemy’s posture will break, leaving them vulnerable. Use this critical moment to land serious damage with a shinobi death blow.

Enemies, at times, will use Perilous Attacks that cannot be blocked. In these situations, you’ll need to make a split-second decision: Will you risk great harm to yourself and attempt to counter the attack? Or will you use this moment to fall back and prepare for your next move?

Success against stronger enemies will come down to learning their distinct tactics and responding with your own unique offensive and defensive maneuvers.

You’ll also find that certain situations allow for a silent approach. Use your blade for a quiet takedown. Or eavesdrop to gain vital information about your enemies.

In Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, you won’t survive every encounter. But death is not always defeat. The Wolf has his limited ability to return from the dead using Resurrection.

After resurrecting, the Wolf is vulnerable. If he’s killed, it will mean losing valuable resources and potentially other... more personal... consequences. Performing a shinobi deathblow or resting at a Sculptor's Idol will allow the Wolf to resurrect once again.