Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice was cracked before the game was released on Steam. This is due to the early launch in Asia market which means that those who were able to download it in Asia were able to crack the PC version of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
This is the first major new IP by From Software this generation after the release of Bloodborne. The game was available one day early in Asia and Australia and since there was a lack of Denuvo, it was easily cracked by pirates before it officially launched on March 22.
The game has still done really well on Steam and had a concurrent player count of more than 108k players making it the third best launch for a Japanese game on Steam. It also placed it ahead of the most recent release of Devil May Cry 5 and Resident Evil 2 Remake, both of which were a success for Capcom.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice ditches the traditional Souls-like gameplay for a more open-focused design where the players can visit various locations using their grappling hook, they can climb through various vantage points and sneak on their enemies for a stealth kill. The game mixes stealth with traditional Souls action to create a difficult but new experience.
The game was directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki who is the creator of the Souls-series of gameplay that originated with Demon’s Souls. He has also worked on Bloodborne and Dark Souls 3. From Software is partnering with Activision to publish the game in the Western market while they will handle the publishing duties in Asia and Japan.