“Hostel” director and master of gore Eli Roth released a Dark Souls 3 animation today in anticipation for the Action RPG game, which released in Japan on March 24 and will release worldwide on April 12.
Animated by Six Point Harness animation studio, the short, entitled “The Witches,” is full of the sort of brutality that you might have come to expect from the Souls series, developed by From Software.
In the short, an anonymous warrior makes his way through dark caverns, harassed all the way by a trio of witches that attempt to force him to drink some kind of potion in their cauldron.
It definitely takes place in the world of Dark Souls: Whether through a literal case of “skeletons in the closet” or a family of three that hung themselves (with their decayed skeletons still hanging from their nooses), or a giant wall of fire roasting three deer into nothing but bones, Roth has definitely used the Dark Souls 3 animation to the best of his abilities.
All the same, it wouldn’t be Eli Roth without his own…personal touch. He’s managed to make Dark Souls 3, already filled with blood (especially in last year’s smash hit Bloodborne) and make it even more gory.
In addition to the aforementioned skeletons and hung family and deer burned to bones, the short ends with the unfortunate main character up to his neck in the ground as you get a lovely lesson in how easy it is for a crow to peck out your eye.
With Dark Souls 3 still almost two weeks away, however, we have no real choice (unless you’ve imported a copy of Dark Souls 3) but to put up with Mr. Roth’s disturbing brand of horror, until we have to deal with Mr. Miyazaki’s more subtle but no less disturbing brand instead. So, enjoy the animation, which is at the top of the page.