The release date of Dark Souls 3 is still a mystery to us all. However, Hidetaka Miyazaki has been less than mysterious about new features in the game itself. Having had the opportunity to play Dark Souls 3 for half an hour at Gamescom earlier this month, I could see elements of the series' past inspiring its evolution. From Demon's Souls to Bloodborne, Dark Souls 3 draws from the strength of FromSoftware's past, revealing a peculiar amalgamation of design.
Recent news has shed a bit more light on what Dark Souls 3 will be taking from the past and what it will be creating itself. For anyone who's engaged with these games before, you'll feel right at home with Dark Souls 3. But there are some pleasant new adjustments to get used to that help illuminate the future of Souls.
What Is Dark Souls 3 Taking From the Souls Series For its Release Date?
It's been such a pleasure to witness this series grow and mature into the extraordinary franchise it has become. Demon's Souls on PS3 was one of those games that I strangely stumbled upon; alone in my terror and endless joy. Dark Souls has since become my favourite instalment (or possible Bloodborne now), which brought a huge community with it. But once you start a new entry into this franchise, there's nothing like it. Being plunged back into the lands of From Software's nightmares is endlessly satisfying. As I stare out at the castles and demons that await me, I can barely contain my excitement to explore every crevice and become endlessly familiar with these remarkable surroundings.
Dark Souls 3 had that same sensation for the half hour period I engaged with it, and that's due to its ties with the rest of the Souls series. Let's examine what this news has told us about this game's relations!
While basically everything comes from Demon's Souls, a lot of what it introduced was removed in later instalments. For instance, Bloodborne was the first game since then to have a similar method of travelling to locations. But Dark Souls 3 is going back to the series' roots in one way in particular: magic! Dark Souls 3 will have a more traditional MP system for the use of magic as opposed to being limited by the number of available charges.
"By changing the magic management system to an MP scheme, options and freedom of utilization should increase. This way we can better clarify the differences in managing items and magic," Miyazaki says.
Dark Souls 1 & 2
In terms of Dark Souls, Miyazaki wasn't bringing too much straight from this masterpiece. Dark Souls 3 will have the same summoning system as both Dark Souls, but he also referenced both titles in relation to weapon durability:
“Still tuning the balance, but I personally think that the weapons in Dark Souls II break a little too easily. This was implemented intending for the players to try out many types of weapons, but even so, I felt they broke too quickly. However, in Dark Souls I, they didn’t break enough, and so I’m hoping to find a good balance for Dark Souls III."
What Dark Souls 3 is taking from Dark Souls 2 is as follows:
- Players can expect to use fast travel from the very beginning of the game, much like Dark Souls II. Not my favourite form of traversal, why can't it be like Dark Souls again?? The immersion in that game was incredible!
- New Game+ will look more like Dark Souls II than other games, with new weapons, items, and reconfigured enemy locations and placements to keep the surprises and exploration elements fresh.
Bloodborne has left quite a large impact on Dark Souls 3. We've seen the pace of combat quicken, there's a new stance, the environments are a blending of classic Souls and Gothic Bloodborne. Miyazaki was proud of the alterations and improvements Bloodborne brought to the series - as he should be - therefore, you can clearly see what he learned from developing this gothic masterpiece and how it will impact on the future of the series.
But what about you guys? What do you want Dark Souls 3 to take from the series' past for its release date? When do you think we'll be able to play it on XBOX One, PS4 and PC? Let us know in the comments below!