By Tommy Robbins. Be still, Unkindled One. We have the news you seek.
Yep, A new and cryptic trailer was unearthed on Wednesday by way of Bandai Namco regarding the latest update to the Dark Souls series, Dark Souls 3: Ashes of Ariandel. And boy, is there a lot to unpack.
Werewolves, imposing, shadowy-figured viking knights, and creaking bridges the likes of which no sane person would ever cross — this most certainly looks like a Dark Souls game. Only this time, it’s taking players to the snow-covered lands of Ariandel to unearth the mysteries that lie beneath.
Ariandel looks like a hospitable place… you know, if you’re into giants dumping massive containers of what appears to be molten rock over your face. Oh, Dark Souls, but with great adversity comes great opportunity, and it looks like this latest addition has no shortcoming of new gameplay: Check out that boomerang and sick fire breathing trick at around 1:33.
FromSoftware have a pretty phenomenal track record regarding their updates, and Ashes of Ariandel looks like it’s well on the way to exceeding set expectations, promising new unseen maps, weapons, and spells. But most intriguing is news regarding the game’s multiplayer feature: Eric Hartness, VP of Marketing at Bandai Namco, says the new content drop also features “new ways to challenge other players online,” although the details are just as veiled as you would expect, what with this being related to a Dark Souls game. One thing’s for certain — this DLC could bring a new spin to one of the game’s most beloved gameplay mechanics.
For those who have played through the core Dark Souls III experience, there comes raised eyebrows concerning the appearances of certain boss folk we’ve encountered before. Do we go back to previous battles? Does Ashes of Ariandel pull a Bloodborne: The Old Hunters by reskinning and repurposing old level assets for new use? Then again, I’m just excited to have a reason to invest another 20+ hours into Dark Souls III, thus fat-rolling all my problems away.
‘Dark Souls 3: Ashes of Ariandel’ drops on October 25 for $14.99 with a season pass option for $24.99.