Players turned off by Sifu's unrelenting difficulty can give the game another go thanks to an easier difficulty mode coming next week. Sloclap, developer of the martial arts beat-em-up, has revealed the roadmap for Sifu for the remainder of 2022.
The first major update for the game, coming next Tuesday, May 3, includes advanced training, outfit selection, and most importantly of all, difficulty options. The three options are Student, Disciple, and Master, with Student presumably offering an easier road for players want to experience the world, combat, and story without the brutal learning curve. On the flipside, players looking to challenge themselves can look forward to Master difficulty.
Check out our free content update roadmap for #Sifu! At this stage, four major updates are planned – the first one will be available next Tuesday, May 3rd, along with our physical edition! 🔥🔥 #SifuGame pic.twitter.com/8UBEWwJKS4
— SifuGame (@SifuGame) April 26, 2022
The Spring update is just the first of four planned content drops for Sifu this year. This Summer will see new gameplay modifiers added to Sifu, including stronger enemies, a one health point challlenge, a way to unlock all skills instantly, and more. The Fall update will bring a replay editor, and the Winter update will add a new Arenas game mode.
Sifu is an unforgivingly brutal martial arts beat-em-up that launced on PlayStation back in February. We called the game "amazing" in our Sifu review.
"On the other side of that vicious learning curve, though, is one of the most impressive beat-em-ups I’ve ever played, with excellent level design, fantastic music, and – once it was all over – a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that few other video games can provide."
It also made our list of the best-reviewed games of 2022 so far.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.