To report on the rumour or not to report on the rumour – that is the question. Screenshots of Dark Souls III, a game which we first heard about earlier in the week, have apparently leaked – but they've stemmed from the same source as that god-awful Silent Hills report a few weeks back. This time, though, Rooster Teeth have got screenshots and myriad gameplay details, so we'll give them the benefit of the doubt for now.
First up, the obvious stuff: the game's coming to the PlayStation 4 and the screenshots show DualShock 4 icons. This makes it likely that the title will debut, as rumoured, during Sony's press conference, as it looks like publisher Bandai Namco's planning to demo the game on the Japanese giant's device. Of course, that's assuming that this is all true in the first place – but the YouTube channel's got its hands on a lot of screens and artwork, and it all appears to be brand new.
Speaking of which, the images look like a mix between previous Dark Souls titles and Bloodborne; the medieval fantasy of the former series is present and correct, but it appears to have been tinged by the gothic leanings of the latter brand. This fusion of styles is perhaps best evidenced by two boss shots: one is a knight in straightforward armour, while the other resembles a giant otter, spewing pus and other unspeakable bodily fluids.
There's also word of several mechanics which sound like they'd stem from purported director Hidetaka Miyazaki's twisted mind. To summon other players, for example, you'll apparently need to conduct a body burning ritual, which will likely be just about as convoluted as you can possibly imagine. There are hints at a world 'heat' system as well, which may resemble Demon's Souls' tendency mechanic. And there's mention of tons of new weapons and armour sets, as you'd expect.
Given the already shaky source, our instant reaction was to slice this up like a stray dog rife with rabies, but there's so much artwork and info here that it's simply got to be legit. Moreover, this is the second time that we've heard about the supposed sequel in a very short span of time. As such, while we'd always advise approaching these kind of stories with caution, we suspect that this one probably is the real deal.
Still waiting on deep down news.....
@GoingChrisB3 It's going to be a long wait, I reckon!
I hope not. Been hyped for that game for awhile and with the release of fallout and uncharted 4 I hope it doesn't get swamped in aaa title release windows and go unheard of.
That bridge looks almost exactly like the bridge you fight Cleric Beast on.
Please be real, please be real!
The souls games are like pizza: even when they're bad (DS II) they're still pretty good.
Please let this be real....
I like the Souls games, but man, it is way too soon for a DS III. Bloodborne was just released a couple of months ago.
I saw the video this morning and I almost died and went to heaven.
CAN'T WAIT. NEED MORE. DARK SOULS FOREVER.
I am so glad we probably don't have to wait another 2 years! People can say this is turning into COD but the quality is still amazing and these games are pure crack.
@slampog You will be ready for it in a year... Its not like this is coming out this holiday
I think because Bloodborne was my 'first' Souls game, I'm ready for this. I can see how some may be feeling a teensy bit burned out, though.
@get2sammyb Bloodborne was my first one as well (only dabbled in DS1) and I'm currently close to beating Dark Souls 2 SotFS but I still can't get enough haha. Bring. It. On.
Awesome! Loved Dark Souls.
I skipped Dark Souls 2 on 360 (i had already moved onto my ps4) and thought about getting the remaster on PS4 but there are too many other new games coming out right now.
I also skipped Bloodbourne simply because the gothic/horror type setting didn't really do it for me, I much prefer the medieval fantasy set up of Dark Souls.
DS3 will be a must have for me though when it comes out.
By looking at the screens, and from details about some of the things that will be in the game, it's almost like they took elements from Demon's Souls and Bloodborne, and the best of Dark Souls, and are mashing it all together into one big pot of epicness! I hope this leak is legit, because my hype is through the roof!
Still need to go back and finish DS II and then hop onto bloodborne.
@AyeHaley Did you finish Chalice Dungeons? I realised that the main story is easy in comparison to the dungeons and ultimately feels like the learning run. Cursed Defiled 3x offering w/ Bloodletting beast was my nemesis run ^^ god dayum
Yuck. Now Souls games will be milked to death now. I bet next year we see Bloodborne 2 or something.
Very unlikely you'll ever see a Bloodborne 2, if anything it'll be a new IP.
Hopefully its true & with Miyazaki back it will turn-out another excellent Dark Souls game.
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