Single-player Souls-like title Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice can now be played with friends, thanks to a new fan-made multiplayer mod.
Not only does the game demand lightning-quick reflexes, unbridled concentration, and the tenacity to overcome dying 10,000 times, it also forces you to go through all of it on your own.
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Sure, the Souls games were tough (really tough), but at least you had the option of phoning in a friend to help you tackle the challenges together.
Now, thanks to modder Luke Yui, Sekiro fans can enjoy a pretty decent replica of the Souls multiplayer through his Sekiro Online mod.
Sekiro Online: multiplayer support, matchmaking system, and more
The unofficial mod adds player-vs-player (PvP) and co-operative game modes to the previously single-player-only title. While it may not be perfect by any means, the few-months-old project is pretty awesome, considering it was done by only one person in such a short period.
Gamers itching to try the mod should expect a few bugs and crashes here and there, and should also be aware that progress in the game affects all parties involved. Meaning, if two players take down a boss together, the game progress applies to both people, unlike in the Souls games.
Here are some of Sekiro Online’s features:
- The mod supports up to six players (one host and five phantoms)
- Players can invade the worlds of unsuspecting gamers and do battle with them
- Matchmaking system that levels the playing field by adjusting the players’ attack power so they would always be on equal footing
- Removes the ability to pause the game
LukeYui just released a public beta of Sekiro Online, allowing PvP and coop. The world progress is synced, meaning killing a boss in another world will also kill it in your playthrough.
— Jester Patches (@JesterPatches) May 4, 2020
Sekiro made its debut on March 22, 2019, and was immediately met with overwhelmingly positive reviews all around. The game was praised for departing from the trademark Souls formula while still feeling familiar enough for fans.
Critics and gamers loved the fluid swordplay, innovative combat system, and the fact that the game further pushed the envelope when it came to split-second reactions.
Another thing that was unanimously applauded was the spectacular level design and the level of freedom that came with using the grappling hook to explore it all.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is currently available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
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