Rumor Patrol: Are These The First ‘Dark Souls 3’ Screenshots?

By | 1 year ago 

The closer we get to E3, the more rumors and leaks turn up everyday. Just a few days ago we were given reason to believe that Dark Souls 3 would be announced at the upcoming gaming press conference, but those plans have yet to be confirmed by the developer or publisher of the would-be game. The rise in popularity of insanely difficult games like Bloodborne has proven that there is a market for another Dark Souls game, so we wouldn’t be surprised if that rumor is true.

The latest Dark Souls 3 rumor comes in the form of a leak and is a little harder to believe. The source of the leak is a YouTube channel called The Know, which you might recognize as the source of the recent rumors that Microsoft is aiming to acquire Silent Hills from Konami. That rumor hasn’t panned out (although there is still the off chance it’s being kept under wraps until E3), so The Know doesn’t have the best track record with leaks lately.

The Know’s Dark Souls 3 video contains seven minutes of yelling and talking really quickly about Dark Souls 3. The video contains a few leaked screenshots and the team claims to have some strangely specific information about the game. Check out the video and our summary of the unconfirmed intel…

  • Coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2016, with a PC version being “negotiable”
  • 1-to-4 players
  • 10 playable classes
  • 45 enemies and 15 new bosses
  • A sacrifice ritual allows you to enter other games and puts a bounty on your head
  • Heat Up boss mechanic can be alter the ways that boss fights happen
  • More cut scenes than in prior Dark Souls games
  • New sword-fighting arts (rush in and circle)

Although most of the new information concerning gameplay mechanics is very vague, like the Heat Up boss fights and new sword-fighting arts, The Know is claiming to have a lot of very concrete info, as well. The data all sounds like it comes from an insider (maybe someone at From Software) more than from a leaked press release, especially when it comes to terms like negotiable for a PC version.

Assuming the information is true and the screenshots are legit, then we expect to see all of these details fleshed out on stage at E3 2015. It’s not a total dealbreaker, but another suspicious aspect of the leaked information is that the interface on the screenshots looks a lot more like the Dark Souls interface than the updated Dark Souls 2 GUI. It seems very possible that a new installment would switch things up, but taking a step backwards doesn’t seem very likely.

Until this information is presented on stage at E3, we would recommend airing on the side of skepticism. A new Dark Souls installment does seem inevitable, but this is the time of year when fake leaks are at an all-time high and without a confirmed reliable source, there isn’t much to go on here.

Do you think the leak is legit? If so, what do you think of the screenshots and new features? Let us know in the comments.

Dark Souls 3 has not been officially confirmed yet, but stay tuned to Game Rant for updates.

Source: The Know