During this week’s Spike Video Game Awards ceremony, Namco Bandai and From Software revealed the publisher/developer pair’s latest collaboration in the form of Dark Souls 2, a direct follow-up to 2011’s outstanding action adventure title.
Promising new “unrelenting challenges” for Dark Souls veterans and newcomers alike, From Software will ‘thrown down the gauntlet’ to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC players with the release of Dark Souls 2.
Currently in development under the watchful eye of director Tomohiro Shibuya and supervisor (and series creator) Hidetaka Miyazaki, Dark Souls 2 will this time feature an all-new hero with a brand new story, all set in what the studio calls “an unfamiliar world for players to survive in.”
“Epic battles with gruesome enemies and blood-thirsty bosses” are promised in a world “filled with death and despair.” Dark Souls 2 will also include an improved served-based multiplayer structure that the team is once again aiming to instil with a distinct twist to deliver new ways to play and share with others online.
“For those with enough tenacity and sheer force of will, great rewards await.”
Here’s the debut announcement trailer for Dark Souls 2, straight from this week’s Spike VGAs:
Dark Souls 2 Trailer – Spike VGAs 2012
FromSoftware Director on Dark Souls II, Tomohiro Shibuya, said of the game:
“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. Our goal is to surprise and delight our fans with new experiences and plot twists while enticing new players to join our dark journey.”
Did you play the original Darks Souls, or Demon’s Souls? Were you put off by how challenging it can become? Or are you keen to begin your journey in From Software’s universe with Dark Souls 2?