Dark Souls 3 Officially Announced, Will Be Last Dark Souls Game

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Bandai Namco finally confirmed what we all suspected: Dark Souls 3 is coming in early 2016.

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The company showed off a CG trailer for the latest sequel in From Software’s brutal action RPG series. We didn’t learn anything about the leaks from a few weeks ago, but hey, the game’s gonna kill you. We know that. It did, however, feature that enormous giant. I hope we don’t have to fight it. (I hope we have to fight it.)

The leaks suggested Dark Souls 3 is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and possibly PC. (I’m sure it will come to PC.) Here are the other features that were suggested:

  • 1-to-4 players
  • A sacrifice ritual allows you to enter other games, but puts a bounty on your head
  • It’s now possible to create bonfires
  • The world can be altered in ways that change the bosses you fight
  • Players can equip “swordfighting arts” that act as special moves
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The press release is vague, describing Dark Souls 3 as “a dark and brooding fantasy adventure awaits players in a vast twisted world full of fearsome beasts, devious traps and hidden secrets.”

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According a European press release for Dark Souls 3, though, this is the last Dark Souls game:

“The DARK SOULS brand became a phenomenon thanks to amazing work from our dear partners FromSoftware and our very own BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment teams”. said Herve Hoerdt, Vice President of Marketing & Digital at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe. “But above all, we are blessed to have such a supportive and loving community, and we are happy to dedicate this final episode to them!”

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Bandai Namco confirmed series creator Hidetaka Miyazaki is returning to the director’s chair on this, meaning he somehow balanced making Bloodborne and Dark Souls 3 simultaneously?

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Wow.

Too much Dark Souls too quickly? Possibly. I’ll still play it.


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DISCUSSION

I thought it was interesting how muffled the applause was for it. I think people are FINALLY over the non-gameplay teasers.