Sloclap has settled on a release date for their upcoming PlayStation-exclusive brawler Sifu. The hotly anticipated game will be coming to PS5, PS4 and PC on 22nd February 2022.
The release date trailer also gave us another look at the game’s brutally slick hand-to-hand combat, stringing together various clips of action. It looks excellent.
Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the game in action, and you might want to head back and check out the Sifu State of Play trailer which focussed on a single Fight Club level.
That gameplay demo featured the main character working through a night club to find its seedy underbelly, battling a variety of opponents. It also showed off one of the game’s core mechanics: getting old. In Sifu, the main character will age with every defeat, the gameplay trailer showing him punch his way through his forties.
When players get beat down by an enemy, they’ll back up in the same spot. Thankfully, while you migth have aged a couple of years, you won’t be any weaker. In fact, Sifu’s kung fu master will only become more deadly as he learns from past mistakes, becoming a seasoned fighter in the process.
Like many game development studios, SloClop was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, and forced to delay their game from the planned 2021 release. Annoouncing the delay a few months ago, they released a statement saying:
The Covid crisis and the subsequent lockdowns have been a huge challenge for everyone, and although we were lucky enough not to face the important revenue losses that many businesses have gone through, the situation did create some real challenges for us. Since March 2020 we have had to adapt to changing regulations, switching the whole team to remote working while we continued our development work, and we lost some velocity as a consequence – remote working has its advantages, but losing daily informal interactions between team members can also be hard to manage.
Sifu builds on the team’s previous game, Absolver. There’s a clear connection between the two with a overriding focus on fluid hand-to-hand combat.