In the weeks leading up to today’s Sony E3 press conference, the gaming community at large was pouring over leaked footage from Dark Souls‘ developer, From Software.
That dark, medieval footage in question was branded as Project Beast — which lead many to assume that the publisher was poised to announce Demon Souls 2. However, Sony confirmed that the game is in fact entitled Bloodborne, and will launch exclusively for PlayStation 4 in 2015.
In tandem with today’s announcement, the company gave us a brief taste of what to expect within From Software’s idiosyncratic beast (pun very much intended).
“Face your fears as you search for answers in the ancient city of Yharnam, now cursed with a strange endemic illness spreading through the streets like wildfire. Danger, death and madness lurk around every corner of this dark and horrific world, and you must discover its darkest secrets in order to survive.”
What’s interesting, though, is that the game itself is being headed up by none other than Hidetaka Miyazaki, the creative director for both Demon Souls and Dark Souls and all-round distributor of punishment. Nevertheless, the teased footage suggests that Bloodborne represents an acute departure from the medieval setting associated with the genre-defining Souls series.
For one, Miyazaki’s latest project will introduce guns as in-game weapons, suggesting that Bloodborne is a much more modern title than its spiritual fore bearers.
We’ll have more details pertaining to From Software’s brooding new IP as it appears, so stay tuned.