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A Sekiro speedrunner has already beaten the game in under an hour

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Depending on your point of view, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is either a difficult videogame, or else it's easy and people who cannot complete it are scrubs. But I reckon no matter which side of that divide you fall on, the current speedrun record is impressive.

Twitch streamer danflesh111 has managed to complete an Any% run of game in under an hour. To be precise, they've finished it in 50 minutes and 52 seconds (50:52). Considering it took me 20 hours to clear the first major boss encounter, it's frankly baffling that people have managed to whittle the game down within the space of a week. This does opt for the ending that completes the game the fastest, but that hardly diminishes the feat.

Danflesh111's achievement is unlikely to hold for long though: there are plenty of people vying for the record, and even a relative amateur can see room for improvement in the run (embedded below). The playthrough will no doubt be finetuned ad infinitum over the coming months and years, and who knows: we might even see someone complete it with a Guitar Hero pad at some point. I have my fingers crossed for that.

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.