From Software has explained why Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will not feature online multiplayer. Unlike other titles from From Software like Darks Souls and Bloodborne, players will cannot play together or leave notes online in certain gameplay locations.
According to Yasuhiro Kitao, who is From Software’s manager of marketing and communications, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will exclude online multiplayer as a feature in order to focus on its single player experience.
Yasuhiro told Game Informer:
Of course, we at From, we love those online elements. We love to create our own characters just as much as everyone else. We hope players are looking forward to something in the future where we might go back to that, but for now, Sekiro is very much its own thing.
From Yasuhiro’s comments, it looks like the studio is not completing abandoning online multiplayer. And while the feature will just not come in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, future projects will have the feature integrated with online connectivity into its experiences.
What this does for the studio is to create boss battles that are focused on a single player in mind. The same can be said with Sekiro’s maps. This has helped the developers design the area with one player in mind, which may make the gameplay that more interesting. On this matter, Yasuhiro Kitao noted,
When creating these playspaces, we don’t have to take into consideration how players will operate with one another in these maps, or how they may exploit the playspace by cooperating or something like this. So it allows us, again, to hone in on the player experience, and really capitalize on that lack of restriction that comes with creating a multiplayer-based game, and let our imagination run wild in these places.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is setting up to be a challenging game if the focus of boss battles are with one player. Fans should not be expect any less of a challenge than the likes of Dark Souls and Bloodborne.
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