Sifu is getting new difficulty modes and advanced training next week

Sifu’s kung fu movie-inspired action is set to get a little more accessible with a free update releasing next week, Tuesday, May 3. This first content update will add new difficulty options and advanced training as developer Sloclap hopes to help more people complete their innovative fighting game.

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Sloclap has released a roadmap of four updates for Sifu. Here is what they described:

spring update

  • Difficulty Options
    • Student – new easier difficulty mode
    • Disciple – existing standard difficulty
    • Master – new harder difficulty setting
  • Advanced training
  • Selection of outfits

summer update

  • Advanced scoring
  • Gameplay modifiers
    • No pendant
    • A point of health
    • no guard
    • Stronger enemies
    • golden staff
    • All Skills Unlocked
    • bullet time
  • New Outfits

Fall Update

  • Replay Editor
  • New modifiers
  • New Outfits

winter update

  • New game mode: Arenas
  • New modifiers
  • New Outfits

While Sifu drew praise from many critics, he also divided opinion with his unique approach to difficulty. The basic martial arts combat was fantastic, but progress could be hampered by the fact that each death saw a year added to your character’s age, meaning you could find an attempt at a dead end.

Shortly after launch, Sloclap released an update to make those boss fights a little less challenging, but upon release Jason wasn’t as enthusiastic as the other reviewers – in our Sifu review he scored the game a 4 out of 10:

“Sifu is a game that I wanted to like. I had high hopes that it would be one of my Game of the Year contenders, but it left me feeling intensely deflated instead. It’s a game that confuses the precise mechanical difficulty of Sekiro with a forced difficulty caused by simply giving bosses armor. I find myself irrationally angry at Sifu. Sifu is a game that had exceptional potential, but wasted it on the wrong lessons.

Sifu is the second title from French game developer Sloclap. Their first game, Absolver, was equally ambitious in its attempts to create sleek success with martial arts combat at its core.

Sifu is available now on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and PC. A physical release is planned alongside the new update. Sifu Vengeance Edition will bundle a copy of the game with a Steelbook, 3 exclusive lithographs, a 48-page artbook and a digital soundtrack.

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Kristen T. Prall