A little over 3 months. That's how long it'll take before From Software release the final installment in one of the most unusual and celebrated franchises in recent gaming history. Dark Souls 3 will mark the end of a chapter in the life of this developer, and its president, Hidetaka Miyazaki.
From Software hope to offer us something familiar, challenging, and rewarding with Dark Souls 3. Fans will feel right at home, however the new gameplay updates will hopefully challenge us in exciting ways before the series takes its final bow. But after having recently engaged with The Old Hunters DLC for Bloodborne - and knowing that Miyazaki wishes to incorporate elements of the PS4 exclusive into the design of Dark Souls 3 - how far should From Software venture from the traditional gameplay of the Souls series?
Bloodborne DLC - The Old Hunters
In my opinion - and I'm certainly not alone here - Bloodborne's DLC expansion is one of the high points of the Souls series, or rather the recent output of From Software. It's innovative, challenging, beautiful, and indicative of everything that we love about Miyazaki's direction. This is often the case with the expansions that From Software create for their titles.
For instance, [Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin](tag:2768294) is obviously the definitive version of this game, but that's because the best sections of Dark Souls 2 come in its expansions. They know that only thos who adore the series are going to pay extra, so they make them harder, more complicated, and even more ambiguous. They take greater risks with their DLC - it's great! The Old Hunters is all of this and more, and I'm wondering whether we'll see any of its innovations cross over to Dark Souls 3.
Dark Souls 3 - How Its Gameplay Should Feel On Release Date
If Bloodborne is all that you're familiar with, moving to Dark Souls 3 may feel like a step back in certain ways. I actually prefer the combat of Bloodborne to that of the Souls series (even though I consider Dark Souls to be one of my favorite games of all time). The speed is great, the health recovery system makes you take risks, the weapons are fantastic, the gothic atmosphere is compelling, and the game's visuals are stunning.
While I love Bloodborne, I don't want to see it completely take over the way we engage with Dark Souls 3. But I am concerned that the change of pace will impact on my enjoyment of the series' final chapter. Will it feel like a step back to us? Are you concerned that Dark Souls 3 may feel too familiar on its release date?
What I hope Dark Souls 3 can accomplish is similar to The Old Hunters. I knew what Bloodborne was like going into it, but the DLC presented new challenges and a level of difficulty that I hadn't anticipated. I hope that this game can achieve what The Old Hunters did, and surprise me with its innovations and mastering of a tried and tested formula. Do you think From Software have what it takes to dazzle us with Dark Souls 3? Let us know in the comments!