ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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What a time to be a fan of the Souls franchise and the work of From Software! Director Hidetaka Miyazaki, has gifted us Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, oversaw the production of Dark Souls 2 (and [Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin](tag:2768294)), most recently released this year's incredible, Bloodborne, and now we hear we'll be getting Dark Souls 3 in early 2016.

Dark Souls 2 has finally been laid to rest for From Software, with its movement from Xbox 360 and PS3 to the XBOX One and PS4 - but we've more to expect from Bloodborne before Dark Souls 3. Miyazaki has stated that we'll have an expansions DLC pack released for Bloodborne at some point in the future. The question is whether we'll see it arrive in 2015, or before the release date of Dark Souls 3.

Dark Souls 3
Dark Souls 3

From Software's Bloodborne Expansion DLC

We have an idea of what we'll be getting from Bloodborne's DLC, it's just unclear how long the insufferable wait will last. Bloodborne is one of the few games that I've instantly restarted upon completion. It is a deeply rewarding RPG and its change of pace from the Souls series is a breath of fresh air. I can't wait to explore the new areas that From Software will create, but it seems that Bloodborne has influenced the Dark Souls franchise too.

From what Hidetaka Miyazaki has already said about Dark Souls 3 - which is minimal - Bloodborne may have had a part to play. An entirely different team at From Software have been working on Dark Souls 3 - it's not the Bloodborne guys, though Miyazaki may have actually directed both of these games simultaneously. In any case, he's stated that combat will be a bit faster in Dark Souls 3 and there will be far more options for developing your character. What exactly this means is a bit unclear, but more Dark Souls is nothing to complain about!


Is the Bloodborne DLC Getting A Release Date Before Dark Souls 3?

It most likely is. It would be an unusual tactic for From Software to release a DLC expansion pack for a game that will have been out for over a year - that is if Dark Souls 3 actually gets its early 2016 release date. In order to ensure they get the most money out of Bloodborne's expansion they'll have to release it this year or very early in 2016, otherwise Dark Souls 3 could drown it out. I'm sure we'll see a similar situation to that of Dark Souls 2 and its expansions.

So, how excited are you for Dark Souls 3? Will it be strange going back to a slower paced combat system after Bloodborne? Or are these worlds so separated from one another that you see no correlation? In any case, the Dark Souls series and Bloodborne are indicative of the extraordinary imaginations at work in From Software. Some of the best games of our generation have emerged from their offices and I can't wait to see what they have lined up for us!


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