Free Sekiro Update Adds Boss Rush & More on October 29

July 30, 2020 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

FromSoftware’s challenging action-adventure game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice has seen a great deal of praise and popularity ever since its launch in March 2019, and Activision reported sales numbers of over five million copies sold. This news also accompanied the exciting announcement of an upcoming free update that will add new Sekiro content.

As detailed by both Activision and the official website, this content update will include three main types of content:

  • New challenges: Reflection of Strength and Gauntlet of Strength
  • New costumes
  • Remnants

Reflection of Strength / Gauntlet of Strength

Interested in fighting a boss again without starting a new game? That’s what these two new features will allow you to do. Reflections of Strength allow you to pick any single boss you’ve already defeated to fight in a rematch, while Gauntlets of Strength are described as “consecutive” rematches – in other words, a boss rush mode.

They can be accessed from any Sculptor’s Idol.

Form Change / New Costumes

Three new “forms” will be added to Sekiro, but they are purely cosmetic, changing the Wolf’s outward appearance like costumes. “Tengu” and “Old Ashina Shinobi” have been revealed as two of the new forms, while the third form hasn’t been announced.

One is unlocked by beating the game, while the other two are unlocked through Gauntlet challenges.

Remnants

Finally, Remnants are recordings you can make of up to 30 seconds of gameplay to be sent along with a written message to other players’ games. Players can then rate the Remnant video, which restores the health of the player who recorded it.

This exciting new update will be available as a free download on October 29. While the official website only lists the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC as target platforms, October 29 is also the release date for Sekiro on Google Stadia, so it is possible the Stadia version will include this new content as well.

Future Plans for Sekiro?

Amidst all the excitement over this new update, it’s also led to a lot of fans speculating over what this means for the future of Sekiro. While FromSoftware’s other modern games have all received DLC expansions–Artorias of the Abyss for Dark Souls, the three Lost Crowns DLC packs for Dark Souls II, Ashes of Ariandel and The Ringed City for Dark Souls III, and The Old Hunters for Bloodborne–there has yet to be any DLC for Sekiro.

Many fans have been hoping to see Sekiro DLC to expand the story, with particular hopes for DLC focused on Tomoe. While this content update is no guarantee of a Sekiro story DLC announcement, it’s raised fans’ hopes once again by showing that new content can still come to the game. Perhaps there will be more Sekiro content added in the future.

Either way, it’s exciting to see new content on the way! Once again, you’ll be able to download this free update for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice on October 29.

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Release Date, New Details, Gameplay Preview

July 15, 2020 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

The Ubisoft Forward live stream over the weekend not only included a new gameplay overview trailer for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, but also its release date and an extended gameplay preview after the main showcase. Many more details have been released since then, so let’s late a look at everything that was revealed.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Release Date

Asssassin’s Creed Valhalla will be out on November 17 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia. Its PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X release date has not been confirmed, but if you own it on PS4 or Xbox One, you’ll be able to upgrade it to the respective next-gen console for free.

Story and Gameplay Details

The Assassin’s Creed Valhalla protagonist is a Viking warrior named Eivor, who can be either male or female. It features RPG mechanics and choices, dual wielding weapons, and an open world to explore that covers both Norway and England. You’ll be leading raids and recruiting new clan members to your settlement, and there will also be an online component that lets you create a Viking raider friends online can use in their raids.

In an extended preview from Ubisoft, we learn a bit more about what the basic gameplay loop for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be like and see some of the previously-mentioned activities. During a raid on the village of King’s Bury, Eivor finds a Book of Knowledge and learns a new ability called Dive of the Valkyries, which helps the raiders reclaim the village for the Vikings. Next they attack Burgh Castle and show off more of the game’s combat as they fight their way through enemy territory. At the end, they have a choice to make – whether to spare their enemy or not.

The next section of the gameplay preview focuses on exploration as they discover many things in the game’s world: a cat that can be recruited, a “Flyting” insult battle, tattoo drawings to collect to give Eivor new tattoos, and a grim side quest with environmental puzzles that they stumbled across in their travels. Once they return to the story, we get to see the ramifications of the choice they made earlier and another battle to wrap things up. All of this can be seen in the 30-minute Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gameplay demo walkthrough posted by Ubisoft.

It appears as though the natural way they encountered the side quest in that preview is how side quests will be handled in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. That is, you won’t gather up quests from NPCs and then head out to solve them, but instead will come across them as you play and explore. More details about the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla side quests should be revealed as we get closer to the release date.

Assassins and Templars?

While there is a lot of excitement for Valhalla, there is also some consternation from fans who see the series straying further and further away from its traditional story and themes. After all, a Viking warrior isn’t exactly what comes to mind when you hear “assassin.” In fact, the Assassin Brotherhood and Templar Order haven’t even been established yet, although the series’ timeline established as of Assassin’s Creed Origins and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey allows for their predecessors to appear instead: the Hidden Ones and the Order of the Ancients.

According to an interview with Game Informer from April, Eivor’s goals will align with the goals of the Proto-Assassins met in the game, although further details have yet to be revealed.

Meanwhile, the modern-day storyline will continue as well. Another extensive demo preview, this time from the PlayStation Blog, mentions encountering Animus Anomalies. These glitches in the system will switch you to controlling Layla in the present day to continue that storyline as well.

Conclusion

We have a much better idea now of what to expect from the latest entry in the long-running Assassin’s Creed series when Assassin’s Creed Valhalla launches on November 17.

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