Rumors of Dark Souls 3 emerged earlier this month when certain very Souls-like screenshots came up on the internet. These rumors had me excited, they had me anxious – as an avid Dark Souls fan I would warmly welcome another addition into the series, but after the Scholar of the First Sin, I felt nothing more could be added into the series.
From Software obviously disagreed. With Miyazaki once again at the helm of things just like in the original Dark Souls, Dark Souls 3 is going to feature more brutality, and more creative bosses, enemies, and locations.
However, the much undervalued (yet highly admired by Souls fans) aspect of Dark Souls is its story, which serves as the foundation for its dark, gloomy fantasy setting and cryptic environments. This is why I heavily awaited the E3 2015 trailer for the game, and let me tell you that I wasn’t disappointed.
The Dark Souls 3 trailer is deliberately vague, and very generic to the casual eyes, but Souls fans who have played the previous two games and all their expansions would have immediately recognized certain parts of the remarkably depressing cinematic.
Firstly, at 0:46 you have ruins being overlooked in the distance by a towering castle of sorts. If you still have Dark Souls 2, turn it on side-by-side with the trailer and compare Majula with the ruins. The distance castle is Drangleic, and everything seems to be in ruins.
Another highly intriguing part of the trailer was when a girl picks up a crown. Players who have played (and finished) the Crown of the Ivory King expansion for Dark Souls 2 will immediately recognize that crown to be the Ivory King’s, and the girl picking it up reminds me of Alsanna.
Last but not least, the epic giant arising from nowhere with his massive cleaver was a sight to behold. It seemed like a new Giant Lord, with its proud crown, but what’s interesting is that it became ignited as it yelled. Could this Giant somehow be a kind of bed of chaos or method to rekindle the dying flames?
Dark Souls 3 is going to be the final installment in the series, and is expected to wrap up the dark gloomy tale of Lordran and Drangleic, and the many other kingdoms that rose and fell in between.
The title will be released for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in the first quarter of 2016.