From Software and Sony are prepping for the PlayStation 4's next big exclusive and that means that the game needs to start nearing the finish line of development. Thankfully for gamers (and probably as a relief to From Software), it's been announced that the PS4 exclusive, Bloodborne, has gone gold.
Gamespot caught wind of the news during a “Going Gold” event that took place in Japan. This was verified by a tweet that went out recently by That Kid Chris, showing off a few neat photos and confirming that the game has indeed gone gold.
A game going gold means that the development team is done and finished with the core development. It means they've finalized the retail build and printed a gold master disc to be shipped off for mass production. It won't be long until you all end up seeing Bloodborne sitting on store shelves or available from Sony via the digital PlayStation Store.
Bloodborne is Sony's second first-party AAA exclusive for the PlayStation 4 set to launch in the first quarter of 2015. The other title, The Order 1886 from Ready at Dawn Studios, didn't fare too well in the critics' department. The game was railed on for being too short, too linear, to stiff and mostly just an interactive movie with some sporadic quick-time events and not enough replay value.
One of the biggest complaints with The Order 1886 was that the game lacked replayability and that this could have been remedied with some form of multiplayer – preferably co-op.
Well, From Software already has a leg-up on Ready at Dawn by including cooperative, competitive and asynchronous multiplayer features into Bloodborne. This opens the game for about the same level of replay depth as Dark Souls, for gamers who want to raid other gamers or call in for a few reinforcements for the boss battles... they can do so. Some of these multiplayer features in Bloodborne were recently outlined, giving potential fans an idea of what will lay in store when the title drops at the end of the month.
Bloodborne is a third-person hack-and-slash, Gothic RPG that sees players end up in a very strange world where things are not as they seem. There is a lot of killing, a lot of slashing and a lot of visceral gore that will be spilled as players will uncover what's really going on in the creepy town of Yharnam. From Software has designed a rather unique combat system based on Dark Souls that sees players being able to utilize weapons in short and long range capacities, as well as being able to use some projectile-based weapons to help disperse enemies at a distance.
Bloodborne is scheduled to launch exclusively for the PlayStation 4 on March 24th in North America, on March 25th across Europe, on March 26th in Japan and on March 27th in the United Kingdom.
You can learn more about the game by paying a visit to the official website.