Sifu is, in many ways, a somewhat 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 during Sony’s State of Play, Sifu is a story-driven martial arts action game.
Just in case it wasn’t clear from the trailer, Sifu doesn’t have an online 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 an all-single-player game for its follow-up to “put all the development effort into the gameplay” and not split the efforts of the game. team in the creation of online games.
Sloclap also wanted to recreate the fantasy of being a person taking on an army, with nothing but pure martial arts skills at your disposal. “Absolver was really 1 on 1,” he explained.
“The fantasy we want is this kind of Jackie Chan fantasy movie where it’s one against many.”
In Sifu, you play as a kung fu student on a quest for revenge. Our hero goes after five assassins responsible for murdering his family, and he’ll cut through their henchmen to get to them.
As seen in the trailer, the protagonist ages with each death. Tarno, however, hinted that it wasn’t quite a rogue as we imagine, but didn’t elaborate further.
The moves in the trailer are inspired by the Lao Siu Leung Pak Mei school of Kung Fu, which the game’s creative director actually studies. Tarno explained that while Absolver’s deep moveset building and customization tools won’t return, your moves in Sifu will evolve over time, but it’ll all belong to the Pak Mei school.
More information about Sifu will be revealed later this year. As for the future, Tarno said more web-focused projects are coming, but the current focus is on delivering a single-player action game with Sifu.