Dark Souls 3 was announced at E3 and, as expected, the crowd went wild. Despite the excitement, the cinematic reveal trailer didn’t really offer any information about the upcoming installment in the brutally difficult action series (aside from its existence). Fans know what to expect from Dark Souls and From Software, but that doesn’t mean the community is any less excited to see what Dark Souls 3 actually looks like. Thanks to Gamescom, the wait is over.
Dark Souls 3 is set to arrive sometime in 2016, but the first gameplay trailer for the upcoming sequel was revealed today at Gamescom 2015. The trailer starts off with a more cinematic approach, similar to the debut, but by the last 30 or 45 seconds fans are watching real boss battles and seeing the player get absolutely annihilated by boss after boss. It’s a lot like actually playing Dark Souls in that way…
Although we don’t know much about what kind of new features Dark Souls 3 will bring, aside from intel from rumors and leaks, it is exciting to get a closer look at the enormous bosses the game will throw at players. The obstacles look incredibly challenging, which is what the game is all about, and the scale of the bosses seems to be larger than ever.
As for the combat, things look pleasantly familiar. The player seems to be doing the usual dodge and dance around the enemies and landing an attack to the back or some other vulnerable area whenever the timing is right. Although the game is sure to deliver some changes that will make it stand out from Dark Souls 2 and Bloodborne, it is exciting to see the traditional combat formula is still in place. It’s great to see improvements, but there’s no need to reinvent the wheel with a combat system as beloved as Dark Souls’.
The voiceover narration offers some hints about the game’s story, but things are still fairly ambiguous at this point. What we know for sure is that players will control a hero who is facing off against some of the biggest and baddest monsters we’ve ever seen in the Dark Souls universe. It seems like a safe bet that future trailers and teasers will offer more details about the game’s plot and new features.
What do you think of the Dark Souls 3 gameplay reveal trailer? Does it look too much like more of the same or are you sold? Let us know in the comments.
Dark Souls 3 is targeting an early 2016 release for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.