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Sifu, kung fu brawler from Absolver team, coming to PS5, PS4, PC

Beat ’em up in style in Sloclap’s upcoming game

Ana Diaz (she/her) is a culture writer at Polygon, covering internet culture, fandom, and video games. Her work has previously appeared at NPR, Wired, and The Verge.

Absolver developer Sloclap announced its next game, Sifu, on Thursday during PlayStation’s State of Play event. Billed as “an artful and true-to-combat Kung Fu game exploring themes of revenge and redemption,” Sifu is scheduled for release this fall on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC (via the Epic Games Store), Sloclap said in a news release.

The trailer for Sifu reveals the main character, a muscular kung fu student, bowing and stretching in front of an altar. After that, it then cuts to nonstop action sequences that show the martial artist jabbing and kicking their way through a hallway filled with opponents.

Sifu looks to blend challenging martial arts combat with the themes and style of classic kung fu films in a single-player game that tells a revenge story: The student “has spent their life training for a day of reckoning after the brutal murder of their entire family by a mysterious assassination squad,” according to the news release.

Here’s more from Sloclap’s description:

Sifu’s unique gameplay sits in the crossroads of two established and popular genres, mashing the intensity and timeless thrill of beat em ups with the gripping design of 3D character action games. Set against a detailed backdrop of a fictional Chinese city, you will uncover an ancient mystery via a series of difficult confrontations that will test your skills to their limit. To overcome the odds that are heavily stacked against you, you’ll need to rely on your mastery of Kung Fu, and on a magical pendant that will revive you after death. The cost of magic is dear, however, and you will age significantly every time you come back to life: time is the price you will pay for your revenge.

Both the hand-drawn art style and combat shown off in the trailer resemble the Parisian indie studio’s first project, Absolver, which was released in 2017. Sloclap’s first game brought a martial arts flair to the Dark Souls formula. Sifu is one of many games being backed by investment fund Kowloon Nights.

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