Hello everyone, following our overview of the combat system, we wanted to give you a preview of our death and aging mechanics. We got a lot of questions about our progress system and I’ve tried to answer some of them below!
Kung Fu or “Kung Fu” can refer to any discipline or skill achieved with hard work, practice and patience. Kung Fu as a martial art carries the concept of endless self-improvement, a skill that is preserved and relevant through constant practice. In this sense, one life is never enough to know or have kung fu.
In Sifu, our hero, although they have been training all their lives, is only 20 years old. Driven by a burning desire for revenge, they will have to face a dangerous group of assassins who have become famous figures in the city and are based in well-defended citadels. Our young student does not have the luxury of a lifetime ahead of him to improve his kung fu, and when they set out on their path of revenge at dusk, they will have to find and defeat all their enemies in one night.
As we showed earlier, our hero has one powerful tool to help them in their quest: an ancient pendant that can bring them back to life. But nothing is free. This pendant should be filled with life energy and every time they rise they will age.
This means that you will start the game with a limited resource, which you must carefully manage if you want to reach the end of your quest. Aging will not make you weaker, but it will slightly affect your abilities: as you get older, you will change your maximum health for attack power. Your character model will also show you how old you are, so you can reflect on the consequences of your actions. But aging has no flaws in your abilities, and you will be able to beat the game at any age.
The ability to rebel after death gives players the ability to return to action over and over again. Before returning to battle, the Death Screen is a good place for players to take a break and reflect on their past mistakes. Here they will be able to unlock new skills and open up more options to cope with the situation that led to their demise. Skills can also be unlocked in the Hero’s Uguana, available between missions, and in the Shrines, which can be found at all levels.
Shrines will also allow you to improve your character as you run, giving the player the ability to choose between different perks, each with a different cost or requirement. Along with skills, this will allow you to specialize based on what you think you need the most: more health, extra focus charges, maximum structure increase, weapon durability, etc.
These upgrades are not lost upon death, and along with the ability to instantly rise up when dropped, it can give you a sense of invulnerability at first. But this will not last long, and the more you die, the faster you will age. This takes the form of a death counter: the first time you die, you age by one year. The second time, for two years, the third for three years, and so on. The only way to decrease or reset this counter is to use one of the available shrines or defeat specific enemies such as chapter bosses.
Completing a chapter will reset your death counter, but it will not affect your age. It is impossible to get younger, you will only get older when you fall and stand back – you can cheat death for a while, but in the end, time will overtake everyone. After a certain age, you will not have enough life left to support the pendant, and you will no longer be able to climb back up. Your final death will turn into the ultimate game.
Although you will lose your unlocked skills and upgrades at the end of the game, some elements remain the same. Each time you complete a chapter of the game, it creates a savepoint indicating the age you had at the time of completion. You can move on to the next chapter or play it again to try to improve your performance. In addition to saving points, you can permanently unlock skills by spending more experience points, which will make them available immediately at the beginning of a new run.
Finally, the detective board, which shows the progress of the protagonist in his investigation, will save all the information you have already collected, even after the game ends. In addition to keeping track of the various clues and story elements you’ve collected for your five enemies, the detective board will also show you shortcuts, hidden rooms, or doors that you’ve opened in previous playthroughs, allowing you to quickly get back on track.
These features will help you in your quest for revenge, but they are not a substitute for training and practice.
Do you have everything you need to know Kung Fu? Let’s find out on February 8, 2022.