Dark Souls 2 was only just announced last week during the VGAs but we already have a ton of pertinent information, thanks to a 10-minute gameplay sample enjoyed by Edge .
The highlights were summarized in the NeoGAF forums and as you can see, there's plenty to mull over. Perhaps most interesting is the fact that graphically, the game appears to be a "huge step forward" and is in fact on par with the likes of Watch Dogs . …that sounds pretty damn impressive.
Miyazaki unfortunately isn't making any development decisions but he is on board as a supervisor, and the new directors – Tomohiro Shibuya and Yui Tanimura – are part of the From Software team that directed the Another Century's Episode seriies. We also find out that DS2 will be a "direct sequel" and feature an open world of approximately the same size as the first title. However, we can expect a denser environment with more content and the setting is not Lordran; they'll reveal the name of the new world at a later date.
Here are a few other highlights (hit the link above to see 'em all):
— One thing Shibuya wants to enhance is the action in the game. He feels that he can contribute because of his experience working on action games in the past.
— Shibuya says he wants to make things like the Covenant system clearer and more accessible, and he wants to make the story and messaging less subtle.
— He promises there will still be “hidden” elements in the story and world which can be missed.
— Development started in September last year, and was done in parallel with some of the Dark Souls patches and DLC content.
— The game is 25% complete, and the team is substantially larger than Dark Souls. The world creation internal staff for the sequel is nearly double that of the first game.
— The game might not make it for 2013.
— This the article source for the infamous “we want the skyrim audience” quote. To be perfectly clear, even though this was already known, this quote is from the writers of the article and not From Software.
Some intriguing points there, yes?
Related Game(s): Dark Souls 2