The 2018 Tokyo Game Show kicks off on September 20th, and From Software’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is getting out in front of it with a new trailer that gives us our first real look at some legitimate boss fight footage.
The trailer starts off with our hero, Sekiro the Shinobi, downed outside of a burning village and what sounds like the voice of his kidnapped ward encouraging him on. Following that, we get a couple of familiar glimpses at the game’s dark, mystical version of feudal Japan, and then a few hints at new enemies and gameplay mechanics, as well as several snippets of Sekiro‘s predictably insane boss fights.
First off, we knew that Sekiro will feature way more mobility than in the Souls games or Bloodborne, thanks to the shinobi’s handy grappling hook and the fact that he can, you know, actually jump. What we didn’t know is that Sekiro can also wall jump, as seen in the TGS trailer. That might not sound like a big deal, but it hints at yet another way that players can traverse the map, and it’s also possible that players will figure out a way to use this tactic in combat.
More newness includes a deadly looking miniboss. Similar to the Chained Ogre seen in recent gameplay, this unnamed enemy is larger (and scarier looking) than normal enemies and brandishes Shredder-style claws as his weapon of choice.
We also get a quick look at the narrative behind Sekiro’s sword. Called the Mortal Blade, the weapon gives off a red, misty aura, meaning that there’s probably a story-based reason why finishing moves throw out a glowing red kanji, as seen in previous gameplay.
Finally, we get our first real look at Sekiro‘s boss fights—three of them, in fact. The first features another fast-moving shinobi who seems to know Sekiro and gains the higher ground thanks to some hidden tightropes. The second is the Corrupted Monk that we’ve seen before, though it seems like she has a few tricks up her sleeves besides her giant naginata blade, and that includes conjuring multiple shadow versions of herself. And finally, there’s a giant monkey that looks straight out of the new Rampage film.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice launches for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on March 22nd, 2019.