FromSoftware’s release plans after Elden Ring are still a mystery, but Activision-Blizzard marketing may have spoiled the reveal of the company’s next game.
Activision-Blizzard is now sponsoring content creators to create videos about Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. The 2019 stealth action game is a strange subject to discuss, which could indicate plans to turn the game into a franchise. Here’s the clue broken down and a few other signs that point to a Sekiro sequel.
On August 3, popular FromSoftware content creator Zullie the Witch released a video explaining what makes Sekiro unique from Elden Ring and the Dark Souls series. She highlights how simple changes like a universal main character and the lack of RPG elements influence every part of the game. All information is presented alongside gameplay footage captured by Zullie.
While FromSoftware is famously quiet and seemingly immune to leaks, Activision-Blizzard may have revealed the studio’s next game with this marketing move. While Bandai Namco published Elden Ring and the Souls series, Activision distributed Sekiro worldwide. This distinction would likely hold true for a Sekiro sequel, giving the American company a stake in a potential sequel.
A Sekiro sequel is yet to be confirmed, but this strange marketing move matches previous teases about a new title. Activision would have no reason to sponsor content creators to promote a three-year-old game if there was nothing in the works behind it. If Sekiro 2 is truly FromSoftware’s next game after the successful release of Elden Ring, it will have plenty of hype to match.
What could FromSoftware predict for Sekiro 2?
FromSoftware’s next game is still up in the air, but there are plenty of ideas left for a Sekiro 2 after the success of Elden Ring.
In Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, the character of Lady Tomoe is often mentioned but never depicted. She was part of the Ashina clan and served as a sword instructor for Genichiro. Tomoe also taught Genichiro how to redirect lightning, a skill he uses in several boss fights. According to in-game descriptions, Tomoe protected another Dragon Legacy Bearer before his mysterious disappearance.
Instead of focusing on Tomoe, the game could also go back in time to show many older Sekiro characters in their prime. Isshin Ahina, Owl or Lady Butterfly could all be interesting protagonists. Someone deeper in the story like Kingfisher or Orangutan could also work.
Sekiro has always been the furthest cousin in the FromSoftware family tree. As far as we know, the studio might be planning something completely different for a sequel. For now, this is all pure speculation. Although FromSoftware has confirmed that its next game is closer to completion than fans think, there’s no guarantee it will be Sekiro 2, even if Activision’s marketing tactics point in that direction.