Releasing in just a couple of months and completing the current trilogy of tough-as-nails Souls games, Bandai Namco today launched the cinematic opening for Dark Souls III and, yep, the game looks pretty fantastic.



Set to arrive on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on April 12, Dark Souls III is primed to trounce players over and over again. According to the information provided by publisher Bandai Namco, the opening cinematic “sheds a tiny beam of light into the mystery of where and when Dark Souls III takes place.”

Encouraging players to “embrace the darkness,” Bandai Namco promises that the devious team at From Software will once again keep players guessing as to what lies in wait around the next corner.

In case you thought Dark Souls III was going to abandon the series’ time-honored tradition of killing you over and over again, the above video shows off perhaps the most inhospitable locale in the Souls’s series to date…Well, maybe it’s not as dark and dreary as Blight Town, but it’s pretty close.

Dark Souls’ lore is notorious for being a bit vague, so you’ll have to pardon me if I fudge some details here. It sounds like players will be taking on the role of a legendary knight who has come to snuff out the final fire. Upon your arrival, a bell tolls and awakens the Lords of Cinder. You get a quick look at these bad boys in the video, including Aldrich, Saint of the Deep, Farron’s Undead Legion, the Abyss Watchers, and a fellow you might recognize from previous trailers, Yhorm the Giant.

That last Lord really lives up to his name, putting even the beefiest of previous Souls bosses to shame in regards to stature. He’s not a giant so much as a nod to the final monstrous enemy from Shadow of the Colossus. The dude is the size of a skyscraper, and yet you’re supposed to best him in combat…Thanks, From Software!

I had an opportunity to get some eyes-on time with Dark Souls III at E3 2015 and the game looked to be coming along quite nicely even nearly a year ago. The world was just as big and daunting as ever, with some extra effects, smoke, cinder and the like thrown in for good measure.

The combat has received a nice upgrade, with weapon types granting access to some spiffy new moves. From Software also seems to have pulled over some of the versatility from Bloodborne, keeping the battles as tactical as ever while still offering a bit more speed and options when it comes to besting your foes.

In short, we can’t wait for Dark Souls III to finally get here.

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