During the Sony’s State of Play event on February 25, Absolver developer Sloclap unveiled a brand new game called Sifu. The game is scheduled to release in 2021, though an exact release date has yet to be provided. 

The game seems like a natural continuation of what Sloclap was doing with Absolver, especially when it comes to the hand-to-hand combat. What sets Sifu apart however is its personal story.

Rather than faceless characters, you get to follow one character over the course of their lifelong journey and aid them in their quest for revenge. 

Absolver Developer Sloclap Reveals New Game Called Sifu

Sloclap is releasing a new game called Sifu in 2021. From the trailer, it has “the support of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Epic Games, and Kowloon Nights” and in the trailer description it has an official website that interested gamers can navigate to.

The trailer description also includes a brief overview of what the game is and it’s pretty much exactly what’s shown in the trailer:

“Sifu is the new game of Sloclap, the independent studio behind Absolver. A third person action game featuring intense hand-to-hand combat, it puts you in control of a young Kung-fu student on his path of revenge throughout the city. Coming out on PlayStation in 2021.” 

It’s worth noting that not only will Sifu be available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, it’s also coming to the Epic Games Store. Looking at the trailer, we can’t help but appreciate the gorgeous art style and the natural way combat flows in the game.

Seeing the main character age over the course of the trailer also piqued our interest. At first, we weren’t quite sure how aging came into play with Sifu, but upon reading the official press release, things became a lot clearer. And now we’re even more excited to check out Sifu when it’s released.

Below, you’ll find a more detailed description of Sifu per the official press release from Sloclap.

“Featuring the gripping intensity of classic Kung Fu films with realistic and raw combat, Sifu tells the story of a young Kung Fu student who has spent their life training for a day of reckoning after the brutal murder of their entire family by a mysterious assassination squad.

Hunt down the murderers one by one as you explore gang-ridden suburbs, hidden corners deep within the city, all the way to the cold hallways of corporate towers. Adaptation and careful positioning are the key to your survival and you must use everything at your disposal to succeed in your life’s mission. 

Sifu’s unique gameplay sits in the crossroads of two established and popular genres, mashing the intensity and timeless thrill of beat em ups with the gripping design of 3D character action games. Set against a detailed backdrop of a fictional Chinese city, you will uncover an ancient mystery via a series of difficult confrontations that will test your skills to their limit.

To overcome the odds that are heavily stacked against you, you’ll need to rely on your mastery of Kung Fu, and on a magical pendant that will revive you after death. The cost of magic is dear, however, and you will age significantly every time you come back to life: time is the price you will pay for your revenge. 

Exquisitely hand-drawn art styles and the muted color palette lend themselves to Kung Fu film classics where themes of revenge and redemption are timeless tales, all perfectly blending with Sloclap’s martial arts gameplay expertise, to create a truly unique singleplayer Kung Fu game. 

Kung Fu is a path for the body and the mind. Learn from your errors, unlock unique skills, and find the strength within yourself to master the devastating techniques of Pak-Mei Kung-Fu. Your family’s legacy depends on it.”

It seems like Sloclap turning the art of respawning in video games into a mechanic that plays directly into the story and gameplay of Sifu. You can die and respawn, but each death comes at a cost as your character will age each after each death and revival. 

Adding to this, combat in Sifu is based around real Kung Fu techniques, specifically Pak-Mei Kung-Fu, with a narrative that fits in with classic Kung Fu films.

All in all, we’re eager to learn more about how Sloclap studied and incorporated Pak-Mei into Sifu as we’ve already seen them take the time to put complex combat styles into their previous title, Absolver.

If you’ve ever wanted to step into a Kung Fu film, or you simply enjoy games with detailed hand-to-hand combat, it seems like Sifu will be a must-play once it’s released in 2021. While we wait to learn more about the game and what the exact release date will be, we’re curious to hear your thoughts on Sifu.

Are you excited to become a Kung Fu master? Do you like the fact that your character will age every time you die and respawn? Let us know on our social media channels including Facebook and Twitter, and stay tuned for more Sifu content here at Prima Games!