Last year’s most diabolically taxing game is to receive a sequel. Dark Souls II is in development at From Software and according to Namco Bandai, it will feature “a new hero, a new storyline, and an unfamiliar world”. While the original allowed players to host peer to peer sessions, the follow up will include a “server based multiplayer experience”.
The publisher claims that the new game will feature the “uncompromising challenge” that the series is famous for. Interestingly enough, though, incoming co-director Tomohiro Shibuya has informed Edge that he is aiming to deliver a “more straightforward and understandable” game. From Software is engaged in a precarious balancing act. Can it reach out to a broader audience without alienating its most ardent supporters?
Dark Souls II is slated for release on 360, PS3 and PC. A release date is yet to be announced.
Anyone doubting the nerve shredding qualities of the original is advised to read A Journey into Madness: The Dark Souls Tweets of Jamie Dalzell.
UPDATED 15.03.12 – Trailer added.