From Software are known for making some of the most iconic games in modern history. It all started with Demon’s Souls, which is now seeing a remake, but everything really kicked off with the Dark Souls trilogy. Bloodborne is pretty good, and everyone enjoyed Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, but something was lacking from that latest entry that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Until now that is.
The developer has announced that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be getting an update this October, and it’s going to add in a feature called Remnants. These are the shadows of other players that will play out for about 30 seconds or so in someone’s game. You activate these by selecting some text that will appear on the floor. These can only be left by players who have online functionality, and they’re an incredible part of From Software’s history that has been missing.
One of the things that made Demon’s Souls so different was the ability to actively troll other players without doing anything to them in person. You could leave a helpful remnant that showed you rolling off of a cliff, for example. This would obviously look like a you were trying to trick another player, but there were so many secrets and hidden paths in that game that it could easily have been a helpful tip. You could even guide players around a boss, or straight into one, depending on how you were feeling.
This hasn’t been possible in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. I understand why though, because the game’s movement is much faster and more precise. It would be insane to follow a remnant that’s moving at the speed some speedrunners do, but now that’s going to be possible. I know that a lot of players are going to use this to troll others, but I can’t wait to see the impact it has on the community. Personally I’m happy to just watch the remnants and see how many of them are helpful or harmful.
If you’ve never played the game, now is a great time to get into it. You can learn to master it without help, and then enjoy the rejuvenation that the player base will see with this new remnant feature.