Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Gameplay Video Descends into the Hirata Estates

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Gameplay Video Descends into the Hirata Estates

Thanks to GameInformer we have another short gameplay video for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, this time of the Hirata Estates.

During GameInformer’s coverage of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice for their cover story a new gameplay video showing off the Hirata Estates appeared.

In it the player character Sekiro approaches the Hirata Estates from on high, quickly descending towards the enemies below thanks to the grappling hook. Commentators Dan Tacka nd Suriel Vazquez talk over the short gameplay clip with impressions and context for the footage. Immediately the video makes it clear that From Software will not be relying on enclosed corridors for sneak attacks from hidden enemies in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, at least not all the time. The grappling hook is great for mobility and also allows for sequence breaking as skillful use of it will allow players to access areas not intended to be reached until further along in the game, a feature seen prominently in games such as the Metroid and Castlevania series.

Mutant roosters are mentioned but sadly not shown, and Sekiro can swim, swiftly too. Most all movement in this game is looking to be much faster than Dark Souls or even Bloodborne. Instead of walls that are, in fact, illusions, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will feature revolving doors to better fit in with the overall aesthetic and time period of the game.

The Hirata Estates is not an area found by completing the main questline in Sekiro. Instead it is a memory accessed by a magical bell. The boss of this level is a butterfly hag who is also sadly not shown. There are also mini-bosses in this area, and killing them will replenish your stock of lives which plays into the death/resurrection mechanic of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

Unfortunately the short gameplay video is not able to be embedded as it is only viewable via GameInformer’s proprietary video player so you’ll have to visit their article to watch the minute and 48 second video. [Update: The video is now on YouTube and embedded below!] Meanwhile you can read our coverage of their coverage, disseminating the most important bits of news such as the game’s central hub and the ability to pause the game. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be releasing on March 22, 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Meanwhile, From Software has two other unannounced projects in the works, though don’t expect one of them to be King’s Field.