Dark Souls II announced

News Aaron Birch
8 Dec 2012 - 18:08

A sequel to the fiendishly difficult RPG has been announced, and Dark Souls II is on the way…

The original Dark Souls, itself a spiritual successor to the PS3 exclusive, Demon’s Souls, was hailed as one of, if not the best game of 2011. The punishing and often brutally difficult RPG won an army of fans eager for old school difficulty and an absorbing challenge.

The lack of the usual hand-holding associated with many games these days lead to a truly achievement-seeking experience, and after you took several days to clear that last area, or defeat a particularly demonically difficult boss, you were always left with an amazing sense of achievement and joy. This was one just of the game’s many strengths.

Well, fans can now rejoice, as the second coming of Dark Souls has been announced at this year’s VGAs, and a CG trailer was met with rapturous response (which you can see below).

The second game will follow on in the footsteps of the first, delivering a challenging, often stoic adventure steeped in gothic overtones and melancholy, and it’ll also tweak some of the most memorable features of the last couple of games.

The game’s director, Tomohiro Shibuya stated, "This new chapter in the Dark Souls saga presents opportunities for us to drive innovation in gameplay design, develop an entirely new story, and expand the scope of the world in which the player interacts with the game.

"We have taken these necessary steps with Dark Souls II in order to evolve the overall experience of the Dark Souls series.

"The entire development team is striving to make Dark Souls II an experience that is fresh while not forsaking its roots in presenting players with challenging gameplay."

It’s been hinted that some of the changes will rest with the game’s unique take on multiplayer, which, in the last two outings, has seen players able to leave helpful messages to others, as well as summon allies to help in difficult spots. Less, how shall we say, helpful, souls could also break into another’s game and kill them.

The sequel is being developed for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, and has yet to be granted a release date. As it’s just been announced, however, expect a late 2013 release at the earliest, with a more probable release in 2014.

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