A short new trailer was released recently for the upcoming release of Bandai Namco and From Software's Dark Souls III. The trailer keeps it dark and daunting as it previews some of the horrors that players will face off against throughout their journeys in the hack-and-slash, action-RPG.

Game Informer posted up the trailer, which is titled “Born in Fire”. The trailer is actually the launch trailer for the Japanese release of Dark Souls III. You can check out the trailer below.



Dark Souls III launches in Japan on March 24th, tomorrow. The trailer works as a reminder that one of the most foreboding hack-and-slash titles on the market is going to be available first in the East.

The the launch trailer is expertly put together. It starts off slow and plodding... explaining the dangers and ambition of fire, as well as the destruction that comes thereafter.

While some trailers would have been content with the voice over and the visually stunning but brief glimpses of the world that From Software created for Dark Souls, the trailer instead plods forward with more images that feature creatures that crawl from out of the darkness, and forces of evil that lurk in the shadows.

The music, the imagery and the pacing of the trailer itself swells as it draws closer to its end. We see more monstrosities, more of the undead, we see what looks like a field of the heads of fallen warriors, and a seemingly endless pit where two cliff edges are bridged by a rickety wooden structure. The bridge scene in particular is interesting because we see the player-character running as fast as they can while being chased by a horde of rampaging skeleton warriors.

The Dark Souls III Japanese launch trailer takes on a completely different tone as the enemies are made clear and present, and their dangers are highlighted with unwavering clarity. If you didn't think the enemies in From Software's hack-and-slash RPG were dangerous, this trailer definitely makes them look more than formidable.

We get to see some wild-swinging sword action from larger-than-life warriors, as well as Godzilla-quality monsters fighting and grabbing at players as they attempt to crush, maim, slash and rip.

It's rare that trailers manage to properly capture the mixture of cinematic storytelling and in-game gameplay, but boy oh boy did Bandai and From Software manage to perfectly encapsulate within the trailer the dangers, the thrill, the technique, and the daunting task of facing off against some of the biggest and baddest bosses in video games to date.

While Dark Souls III will be launching this week in Japan, games in the West won't have to wait too long to get their hands on the title because it will be made available in North America and Europe on April 12 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

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