FromSoftware announces violent samurai game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice 

Microsoft has had an issue courting third-party developers recently, with most of the good stuff landing exclusively on PlayStation 4 instead of appearing on Xbox, but during its E3 presentation Microsoft revealed a new trailer from a studio that’s synonymous with “good stuff.” We’re referring to FromSoftware, the …

FromSoftware announces its latest game with 15 seconds of bloody, terrifying nonsense

FromSoftware—the company behind Demon’s Souls, Bloodborne, and the massively successful Dark Souls trilogy—has made a name for itself by mixing bloody violence with enigmatic mystery. So it’s at least somewhat fitting that the company announced its latest game at The Game Awards tonight, not with a real trailer or any…

The trailer for Dark Souls III’s first DLC hints at the return of a familiar world

Bandai Namco has finally taken the wraps off the first of two downloadable expansions for Dark Souls III, and like much of this dark fantasy trilogy’s presumed finale, it’s looking kind of familiar. Called Ashes Of Ariandel, this new chapter sees players entering a snowy world to, as the game’s publisher writes,…

Upcoming expansion The Old Hunters will somehow make Bloodborne more nightmarish

Sony’s ancient, infernal prophecy has come to pass: There’s more Bloodborne on the way. Announced during Sony’s Tokyo Game Show keynote, The Old Hunters is the first expansion for FromSoftware’s Gothic nightmare, and it’s scheduled for release on November 24. Details are about as plentiful as one could hope with a…

Bloodborne’s twisted take on Christianity tells a tale of worship gone wrong

Of all the game’s enigmas and zealots, the most fascinating character in Bloodborne might be the Doll. She lives in The Hunter’s Dream, your ethereal base of operations, and she is its solitary constant, your companion throughout this terrible night. Whenever you return, there she is, gazing meditatively into the…

Watch a Dark Souls scholar explain the dense, disturbing story of Bloodborne

Since 2013, VaatiVidya has been breaking down the extensive, nebulous mythology that hides underneath the surface of From Software’s Souls games at his YouTube channel. He’s done an excellent job of plumbing those murky depths and retelling their stories through artfully written and produced videos, often with an eye…

The kindness of strangers is more vital than ever in Dark Souls II’s expansions

There is an unwritten code of multiplayer etiquette in Dark Souls II. Alongside an elaborate selection of weapons and keys, the game offers a few simple gestures your character can use as a greeting: a traditional bow, a hand wave, etc. (My personal favorite is the “Nooooooooooooo!” one.) If a player invades your…

A Dark Souls expert does a deep dive into From Software’s next game, Bloodborne

Marcus “EpicNameBro” Sanders made a name for himself by making YouTube videos about Dark Souls, connecting the very loose ends that make up its story and putting them together for players who are looking for something more. His prominence in that community even led to a gig working on the official Dark Souls II …