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Sekiro Difficulty | Can you change the difficulty?

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the latest game by From Software, the makers of Dark Souls and Bloodborne, and like those games it’s pretty frickin’ hard. While by now players may have worked out that they shouldn’t expect to tackle a From Software game and not have it be a nightmare that punishes them at every turn, but Sekiro is a new IP. Is it possible to make the difficulty easier in the game? Are there Sekiro difficulty settings? We’ve got the answer, but it might not be what you want to hear…

Can you change the Sekiro Difficulty Mode?

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an exceedingly difficult game, and despite being a new franchise, may in some ways be even tougher than the legendary Dark Souls games. Is it possible, therefore, to make things easier on new players? Are there any Sekiro difficulty settings, or different difficulty modes? Unfortunately for anyone who would be interested in that: no. You cannot change difficulty in Sekiro, and there are no difficulty modes other than the standard Nightmarishly Hard option.

Were there any difficulty options in Dark Souls or Bloodborne?

The lack of any difficulty modes in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, at least to From Software veterans, as there wasn’t any option to change your difficulty in any of the studio’s three Dark Souls games or Bloodborne. The studio has previously addressed this lack of difficulty settings, with From Software’s president and series creator Hidetaka Miyazaki saying that they want “to bring everyone to the same level of discussion and the same level of enjoyment… We want everyone to feel elated and to join that discussion on the same level. We feel if there’s different difficulties, that’s going to segment and fragment the user base… it’s very much the same with Sekiro.”