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If readers think that From Software is going to spare gamers from their special brand of hellish difficulty this year, think again. Its still unclear what the developer of Dark Souls and Bloodborne are working on next, but a new article from Express suggests that a new entry in either franchise will be coming out sometime in 2017.
This news comes from Japanese publication 4Gamer who interviewed several Japanese developers and producers, asking them to look back at 2016 and give gamers hints about what to be excited about in 2017. Two of the people interviewed were some of Bloodborne‘s producers, Teruyuki Toriyama and Masaaki Yamagiwa. In Yamagiwa’s interview, he stated that activity at the studio has continued since Bloodborne and that gamers should expect a release in 2017.
While Toriyama wouldn’t offer any details on their upcoming game, he did say their new project was very ambitious. This is certainly good news for fans of From Software. They have managed to release a new installment in the Dark Souls/Bloodborne series of games since 2014’s release of Dark Souls II, followed by Bloodborne in 2015 and Dark Souls III just last year. Another addition to either franchise would fit into their well-established yearly routine.
This isn’t the first time From Software has teased an upcoming project. Last year, a demo reel for an unspecified project was uploaded by the studio on YouTube featuring very brief footage from an unnamed game that would be released sometime in 2017. Whatever it is, its supposed to be multiplatform, and the studio plans to release it on PS4, Xbox One, PC and even PlayStation VR so players can get angry in 360 degrees.
On a more official note, From Software boss and Dark Souls and Bloodborne creator Hidetaka Miyazaki confirmed at last year’s Tokyo Game Show that his company is working on three new games, all at the same time. As for what those games are, he only offered the vaguest of hints, saying that one of them is a follow up to their mecha-based franchise Armored Core, which should be really awesome. He also said that they would be working on something that would fall in line with fan expectations and their last project is “weird.” So weird, in fact, he expects even the fans will react like this:
When we’ll actually announce that title, probably the fans will react like “oh, what the hell is this game that Miyazaki has created?”
It should be interesting to see what is considered weird by Miyazaki’s standards.
Given this information and the quotes from Bloodborne‘s producers, fans could expect to see any of these games–Bloodborne 2, Armored Core, a brand new IP, or, the least likely, Dark Souls 4–coming out this year. Miyazaki, From Software and Namco have all changed stories on whether or not there would be anything new coming from the Dark Souls series in the future, but the consistent message seems to be that nothing new will be coming anytime soon. Either way, it seems fans will be enjoying/hating a new game by From Software before the year’s over.