Demon’s Souls was quite a success for From Software/Atlus, and definitely warranted a sequel. A while back, a trademark filing was spotted for what could be a potential sequel to one of 2009’s best RPGs, and its name, along with a few details, have finally been revealed.
As spotted in the latest issue of Japanese magazine Famitsu, the game’s official title is in fact Dark Souls. It remains a spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls. So expect a completely different world and story compared to Demon’s Souls. A major change in this title is a heavy emphasis on exploration – all fields are seamless, and whatever you see in the landscape you can eventually travel to. So every castle or fortress on the horizon can be found and explored. There is also not going to be a map, but rather just a “position display marker.” The masochistic among you needn’t be worried, either, as the developers are aiming to make the game just as challenging as Demon’s Souls, which should make it just as rewarding as before when you learn from your (and others’) past mistakes.
But that’s not all – creating your character will not be bound to certain classes, and you will have more freedom when it comes to the style of play that you use (how this is going to pan out was not elaborated). Of course, there will be more spells and items than in Demon’s Souls, as well as new animations for new weapons. Online play makes a return here, and includes both co-op and PvP. Messages can still be left behind as well as ghosts to be viewed as hints on what not to do at a given location. However, Soul Tendency has been dropped due to dedicated servers being quite the expense/hassle. From Software did mention they do have plans to get players to “engage in mutual role playing,” but these plans are still under wraps.
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