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An extended look at From Software’s upcoming Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice has been provided by a new 12-minute PlayStation 4 gameplay trailer. All of the footage was captured on a PS4 Pro, so we can expect the PC version to look even better. Not that FromSoft is a studio famed for its visuals, but its art design is often fantastic, peaking with Bloodborne’s ominous gothic architecture.

The footage itself was taken from the Tokyo Game Show 2018 build of Sekiro, showcasing the Samurai General midboss as well as leading into the Corrupted Monk boss battle. That last fight, in particular, is looking brutal, juxtaposed against a cherry blossomed bridge.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is much faster-paced than Bloodborne, although we can see the Samurai General battle that this doesn’t mean fights are going to be over quickly. Enemies (and the player) have posture bars at the top and bottom of the screen. String together enough attacks and the character’s posture is broken, allowing for devastating attacks to be unleashed. This doesn’t necessarily mean an enemy’s been killed though, and they can bounce back during the constant back and forth battle.

Aside from the improve maneuverability, Sekiro does have plenty of parallels with Bloodborne, right down to the bell-ringing ladies which can summon additional enemies.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 22nd.