In a surprise move, Sloclap has moved up the release date of their upcoming kung fu action game Sifu from February 22 to February 8, 2022.
Sifu was initially given a 2021 release window, but it was delayed to 2022 this past July. Of course, delays have become increasingly prevalent over the past few years – especially as a result of COVID-19 complications – so it’s not unusual to see a game be pushed back by months (or in rare cases, even a year or more). In other words, Sloclap has done something extremely rare by moving the release date up by two full weeks.
While Sloclap didn’t provide any explanation for moving the game up, it’s not exactly a secret that the original release date of February 22 would’ve sandwiched the game between the massive launches of Horizon Forbidden West and Elden Ring, both of which could’ve had a significant impact on the sales of a smaller release.
Sifu casts players as a kung fu student who sets off on a lifelong adventure to track down and kill five assassins who murdered his family. With over 150 brutal attacks to execute in thrilling martial arts showdowns, there’s no shortage of ways to take out the myriad groups of enemies the hero will encounter.
Meanwhile, dying results in a lengthy passage of time, and as the player character ages, he’ll slowly become stronger offensively and weaker defensively. Along with the game’s stunning art style, this unique and compelling mechanic should help set Sifu apart from other entries in the genre.
You’ll be able to pick up Sifu next February for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC.