Sifu’s release date has once again been changed by developer Sloclap, and it is good news for those looking forward to the brawler. Sifu will now be released on February 8th 2022 which is two weeks ahead of the original release date of February 22nd, 2022. The news of this change comes from a brand new trailer for the game, with this trailer going into some detail about Sifu’s combat system including different move types.
You will see in the Sifu trailer different ways to fight enemies including moves that will push them back, block their attacks, and stun them. The footage also discusses the balance bar with every character having one. Once this is broken enemies are susceptible to being take down. The environment also plays a large part with items being used as weapons and to create space to make sure enemies do not overwhelm you. The focus move is also introduced allowing you to perform a powerful attack should you find yourself in some trouble.
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.