With the video game director and From Software President Hidetaka Miyazaki having recently declared that the Dark Souls series is done for now, the developer is now setting its sights on a new project altogether. With this being the case, the studio's publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment has put out a brand new teaser trailer today for what is possibly a nod toward the next title out of From Software's workshop, which urges fans to "prepare to dine."
As seen in the teaser trailer below from the Dark Souls publisher, fans can get a look at some original animation inspired by an upcoming Bandai Namco Entertainment project that contains a lot of dark, gothic imagery and quasi-religious settings, which could easily be compared to From Software's stable of titles. Plus, with the tagline at the end of the trailer reading "prepare to dine"–a direct reference to the Souls franchise's oft-used phrase "prepare to die," no doubt–what's shown in the trailer could be preliminary ideas of the developer's next title, and not just the publisher's.
Although there's no direct indication of what the next project is from the Bandai Namco Entertainment trailer, with the allusions to eating blood and flesh while demons run amok in the clip, some are speculating that it could be From Software's take on the Tokyo Ghoul series, which is a Japanese dark fantasy manga about individuals who can only survive by eating human flesh and live among humans in secret. One title that can likely be ruled out, though, is Bloodborne 2, as Bandai Namco Entertainment has nothing to do with that game, as it is published by Sony instead.
Of course, it's entirely possible that this trailer could be setting up a Bandai Namco Entertainment release that's completely independent from the work of From Software. However, it's difficult to not make comparisons to the developer's handiwork when seeing so many similarities from the studio's other games in the artwork, and with the publisher telling fans to "prepare to dine."
Thankfully, we won't have to wait much longer for more concrete information, as Bandai Namco Entertainment has written on its website that the project is "due to be announced on April 20th, 2017." Until then, it's best for gaming fans to begin putting on their Sunday best so as to "prepare to dine."
The Bandai Namco Entertainment-published Dark Souls 3 is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Source: Bandai Namco Entertainment