Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is out very, very soon, and to ramp up anticipation, FromSoftware Promotion and Community Manager Yasuhiro Kitao has been teasing the backstories for notable characters that will appear in the Sengoku-period action game.
On Twitter, Kitao tweeted out screenshots of Emma and The Owl. Emma is a physician who appears before the protagonist, here called the Wolf, upon his waking at seemingly the start of the game. In a brief description, it's said that "Her gaze betrays a faint sense of melancholy."
Meanwhile, The Owl is a "rogue shinobi master" who at one time took the Wolf under his wing and trained him under the strict Iron Shinobi Code. "The code is absolute and must never be forgotten," The Owl's description adds.
Like other FromSoftware games of the past decade, the backdrop of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice already looks like a promising setting for an action game. "[It's] to be set in Japan's Sengoku period, which was a time of social upheaval directly following the newly-dismantled feudal system," freelance contributor Cian Maher wrote for us just weeks ago. "When you consider the significance of architecture in the studio’s previous titles, you'll be able to see that Sekiro is likely going to have its own architectural symbolism in play too. However, perhaps most intriguing of all is the fact that this is going to be [director Hidetaka] Miyazaki's take on a real-life historical setting as opposed to the fictional Lordran or Yharnam."
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is launching on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on March 22.