The Return of the Chosen Undead – A Look at Dark Souls III

So, let me start by saying that I am a massive fan of the Souls franchise.
Dark Souls 1 & 2 are two of my favourite games if ever I find my self in the mood for a challenge, to the point where I’m actually considering repurchasing DS2 now that I’ve joined the current gen console world with my PS4 in the hopes that it will keep me sated until April when we get our next release in the franchise, Dark Souls 3.

Here. Remind yourself just how lovely this game looks by having a gander at the GamesCom trailer for it:

Doesn’t that look pretty? Doesn’t it just look gloriously difficult?!
Well Dark Souls 3 is certainly already impressing audiences, as it received the GamesCom award for best RPG last year.

Over the past few months, Bandai Namco and From Software have been leaking out bits of information about the release schedule and just what your money will get you.
As I’ve already mentioned, DS3 has been set for an April release (April 12th in the Americas and the 16th here in the UK), but comes in the following flavours at their US retailers, with similar expected over here:

The DARK SOULS III Day One Edition is priced at $59.99 and includes the following items:

· DARK SOULS III
· Prima Starter Guide
· Official DARK SOULS III Soundtrack
· Exclusive O-Sleeve packaging

The DARK SOULS III Collector’s Edition is priced at $129.99 and will feature the following items:

· DARK SOULS III
· Prima Starter Guide
· Official DARK SOULS III Soundtrack
· Official art book
· Cloth game map
· 10” Red Knight Statue
· Collector’s box

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I want it so bad!

There will also be your standard vanilla release, expected around $49.99 or so which will no doubt just be your standard game package.

As well as this, there’ll be your digital editions that are becoming increasingly more commonplace on the gaming market these days.
Now, being a PS4 owner, I’ve had a browse at the Playstation Store this morning and checked the preorder prices.
Sure enough, here in the UK, the vanilla game preorder will set you back £49.99, with the Deluxe Edition costing £69.99, getting you the season pass, game soundtrack and a desktop theme for your extra £20. If the DLC content is anything like Dark Souls 2, we’re in for a very good deal with the season pass.

As well as this, we’ve recently had a new video released this month which gives us a lot more to go on from a lore and plot perspective which, being the big Dark Souls nerd that I am, got me very excited!

That’s right, we have a location name, Lothric, a fallen kingdom which is the crossing point for the lands of the Lords of Cinder, who I can only presume will be the big bosses for this game – Yorm the Giant, Aldrich the Saint of the Deep and Farron, Commander of the Abyss Watchers, plus probably a fourth as yet unrevealed Lord. There’s usually four.
“The Fire fades” seems to be a crucial element to this game, perhaps hinting at an end-times scenario, with the fading of the First Flame. This is also echoed with there being so much ash and a lot of the more unique looking enemies, possibly bosses, having a sort of fading embers glow to them. Is this the end of the Dark Souls world as we know it? Will it be reborn like a Phoenix from the ashes of the First Flame?

I suppose we’ll have to wait and see.

Dark Souls 3 is available for preorder now in most gaming retailers and across digital outlets.

In the meantime, I’ll be over in Drangleic, practicing my dodge rolls and crying myself to sleep.

Much love!
Craiggy.

2 Comments on The Return of the Chosen Undead – A Look at Dark Souls III

  1. The game is looking solid so far. Bloodborne was one of the first next gen game releases to actually live up to the hype behind it. I have high hopes that Dark Souls 3 will do the same. I’ve been doing a different playthrough of Dark Souls 2 every week to pass the time. I really hope that I can power stance those Legion Scimitars.

    • Every video, every tidbit, every morsel of new information that is released about this game just serves to whet my appetite further.
      I am genuinely frustrated that there’s still well over a month before we get our hands on this new challenge.

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