Kung fu action game Sifu has sold one million units in its first three weeks of release, developer Sloclap announced.
Sifu launched digitally for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC via Epic Games Store on February 8, and is due out for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 at physical retail on May 3.
Other newly announced statistics include:
- Over 10 million hours have been played.
- More than 45 percent of players have completed the challenging second level of the game.
- Over 150,000 players have already mastered kung fu enough to beat Yang, the game’s main antagonist.
“We are thrilled by the reception of Sifu from both fans and press alike,” said Sloclap executive producer Pierre Tarno in a press release. “We set out to create an authentic, kung fu action game that paid homage to our favorite kung fu films. We’re thankful for our fans around the world but we are especially humbled by the incredible reception the game has had in China. Our internal metric of success was how well the game was received there and knowing that fans in China are the largest segment of our sales outside of North America and the positive reviews from Chinese critics means a lot to us.”
Here is a brief overview of the game, via Sloclap:
Sifu is set against a detailed backdrop of a fictional Chinese city where players uncover an ancient mystery via a series of difficult confrontations that test their skills to the limit. To overcome seemingly insurmountable odds, fighters need to rely on a mastery of kung fu and a magical pendant that revives them after death. The cost of magic is dear, however, and drastically ages a fighter with each revival: time is the price paid for revenge.
Sifu‘s main inspiration comes from classic kung fu fighting movies, with some of the developers at Sloclap having practiced Pak Mei Kung Fu and various other martial arts. Since the early stages of development, Sloclap worked in close partnership with Kowloon Nights to create an experience that feels authentic and respectful of Chinese kung fu culture. Kowloon Nights, through its network in the Chinese Games industry, identified key talents to collaborate on the game and provide feedback resulting in changes ranging from the look of the main character to details of the environment.
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