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Sekiro is getting a boss rush mode, new costumes, and Dark Souls-like messages

Free update arrives this October alongside Stadia launch

The Wolf pursues a phantom version of himself in a screenshot from Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Image: FromSoftware/Activision
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FromSoftware will release an update for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice this fall that will add three new features: a boss rush mode that will let players relive the game’s most challenging battles; new costumes for the game’s protagonist; and a way to send online messages to help other players, similar in style to Dark Souls and Bloodborne.

Sekiro’s new boss rush mode will let players battle boss-level enemies individually or consecutively in the Reflection of Strength and Gauntlet of Strength modes, respectively. “Extraordinary foes that once stood in the way of victory can be fought again and again to your heart’s content,” FromSoftware said in an announcement on the Sekiro website.

Players can also change the Wolf’s appearance, with three new forms. Two are confirmed: “Old Ashina Shinobi” and “Tengu.” Two of these new outfits can be unlocked via the Gauntlet modes, while the third is unlocked by beating the game, Activision said on its blog.

An alternate costume for the Wolf, who stands on a rooftop in the moonlight, from Sekiro. Image: FromSoftware/Activision

Finally, Sekiro’s update will add a new feature called Remnant recordings. These recordings of gameplay, up to 30 seconds long, will send a phantom-like version of the Wolf to other players’ games and can be paired with a message. “Share strategies and hints via network to broaden the scope of play,” FromSoftware said. Players can rate another player’s Remnant, which will give the creator HP recovery.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice’s free update will be released Oct. 29 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. The timing of the update is intriguing, and hopefully portends added support for next-generation consoles which are expected to ship around the same time. The update also coincides with the game’s launch on Google Stadia.

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