Sifu is, in some ways, an unlikely sequel to Absolver.
Slocalp, the French team behind the unique martial arts fighting game Absolver, is moving away from online games with its next project, Sifu. Revealed last week at Sony’s State of Play, Sifu is a story-driven martial arts action game.
Just in case it’s not clear from the trailer, Sifu doesn’t have an in-line component, which isn’t exactly where fans expected the studio to go next. Speaking to PC Gamer, executive producer Pierre Tarno explained that the team opted for a fully single-player game for their follow-up in order to “put all development efforts into the gameplay” and not divide the efforts of the game. team to create an online game.
Sloclap also wanted to recreate the fantasy of being one person taking on an army, with nothing but pure martial arts skills at your disposal. “Absolver was really 1-v-1,” he explained.
“The fantasy we want is that kind of Jackie Chan movie fantasy where it’s one against many.”
In Sifu, you play as a kung fu student seeking revenge. Our hero takes on five assassins responsible for the murder of his family, and he will cut through their henchmen to reach them.
As seen in the trailer, the protagonist ages with each death. Tarno, however, hinted that he wasn’t quite a thug as we would imagine, but didn’t develop further.
The moves in the trailer are inspired by the school of Kung Fu Lao Siu Leung Pak Mei, which the game’s creative director actually studies in real life. Tarno explained that while Absolver’s customization and movement set building tools will not return, your moves in Sifu will evolve over time, but all will belong to the Pak Mei school.
More information on Sifu will be revealed later this year. Looking to the future, Tarno said more online projects are on the way, but the current focus is on making a single-player action game with Sifu.