Dark Souls III PS4 PlayStation 4

Dark Souls III is perhaps launching a little too soon after the excellent Bloodborne. While we're certainly looking forward to the sequel, we can't help but feel that From Software's teetering dangerously close to franchise fatigue at this point – there have been a lot of these types of titles in a pretty short span of time. Regardless, publisher Bandai Namco has a new product to promote – and it will be playable at Gamescom 2015.

"Gamescom is the event that you need to attend if you are a video game fan or a professional," said a needlessly persuasive Herve Hoerdt as part of a press release. "As always, this is a great opportunity for Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe to make sure that we are perfectly aligned with our fans' expectations and to unveil new details on some of the most-awaited games."

The show will mark the first time that Dark Souls III will be playable by the public, and attendees can expect a Bloodborne-informed experience. According to a feature in the latest issue of EDGE magazine, veterans will find the latest chapter in From Software's franchise much faster, with the pace of both combat and movement significantly increased. The German convention's set to run from 5th August – though Sony's opted to hold its annual European press conference a little later in the year, at Paris Games Week.