**Update** A follow-up press release from Bandai Namco's European arm has let slip that Dark Souls 3 will be the last game in the series: “The DARK SOULS brand became a phenomenon thanks to amazing work from our dear partners FromSoftware and our very own BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment teams”. said Herve Hoerdt, Vice President of Marketing & Digital at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe. “But above all, we are blessed to have such a supportive and loving community, and we are happy to dedicate this final episode to them!”' The press release also confirms that original Dark Souls and Bloodborne director Hidetaka Miyazaki is indeed directing DS3.
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The rumoured second sequel to official greatest game of all time time Dark Souls, has been officially announced during Microsoft’s E3 2015 press conference, via a typically enigmatic teaser trailer. Published by Bandai Namco, and developed by original Souls and Bloodborne studio From Software, the game’s tagline seems to be ‘Now only ember remains...’, indicating a possible post-apocalyptic setting, and a timeframe potentially long after after that of its predecessors.
Indeed, the scant details in the trailer show a blasted, grey desert wasteland, crumbling towers, and nomadic people trekking through the wilderness in scenes more than a little reminiscent of The Dark Crystal. Later, a female character - likely key to the plot - addresses a crown sitting in a collapsing palace - ditto likely a key artefact - before a monstrously large knight seemingly rises from the dead.
Although announced at Microsoft’s conference, no Xbox One exclusivity was mentioned, nor was the level of involvement of original Dark Souls and Bloodborne director Hidetaka Miyazaki, who took a relative back-seat on the development of Dark Souls 2 in order to develop its spiritual successor for Sony. No more specific release date than ‘Early 2016’ yet, but as soon as we know more, you will too.
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