Update: We just got the press release:
Dark Souls II will feature a new hero, new storyline and unfamiliar world. Plus, we'll get a revamped server-based multiplayer mode and those patented "epic, gruesome battles." Said Namco Bandai Games America Inc. Vice President of Marketing Carlson Choi:
"Dark Souls II retains the core essence of Dark Souls while evolving to present new twists and challenges that are sure to please longtime fans and attract new comers to the series. FromSoftware is going to take a very dark path with Dark Souls II; players will need to look deep within themselves to see if they have the intestinal fortitude to embark on this journey."
Those who loved Demon's Souls desperately wanted a follow-up effort. They got it when Dark Souls arrived.
And now, surprise surprise, the fans want another hardcore, ultra-challenging title from developer From Software. They're getting it yet again, too, as Dark Souls 2 was announced during the 2012 Video Game Awards.
The trailer on display didn't tell us anything supremely important besides the fact that a sequel is in the works. We don't know platforms or estimated release date, but you can probably guess the platforms without much trouble, and here's hoping the anticipated title arrives in 2013. Thus far, Dark Souls has sold about 1.2 million copies in North America and Europe since its launch in October 2011. That's a really solid number considering the kind of game it was.
So if you were a fan of Dark Souls , what do you want to see in the sequel? Do you have any interest in From Software easing off on the difficulty? I'm guessing most avid followers would say no…the challenge is precisely what makes it so special, yes?