Are we going to see a third Dark Souls game at E3? Though nothing's official yet, there are enough rumours floating around to make it seem like a real possibility.
A few days ago, the video game website VG247 reported that Dark Souls 3 will be unveiled at E3. Today, popular YouTube channel The Know is claiming to have details and screenshots on the game.
This new rumour comes just a week after The Know reported that Microsoft planned to buy the cancelled game Silent Hills -- which they said was 80% finished -- for "billions" of dollars. Microsoft's Phil Spencer quickly denied the rumour, which seemed preposterous to most observers -- Konami had called Silent Hills "embryonic" in their announcement of its cancellation.
They now claim to have lots of specific information on Dark Souls 3, but despite the screenshots and concept art in the video, it's giving me pause. Here's the video:
In those seven minutes, here's what The Know alleges about the game itself:
- Coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2016, with a PC version being "negotiable"
- 1-to-4 players
- A sacrifice ritual allows you to enter other games, but puts a bounty on your head
- It's now possible to create bonfires
- The world can be altered in ways that change the bosses you fight
- Players can equip "swordfighting arts" that act as special moves
Namco Bandai did not respond to my request for comment.
Those all sound well and fine, and none of them would be surprising in a sequel to Dark Souls 2.
It's everything else in the video that's throwing me off. Here's what else they allege:
- 45 new enemies
- 15 new bosses
- Around 12 new areas in the game
- 60 minutes of cutscenes, mostly in-engine
These are incredibly specific numbers, not the type of information that's released to the public. In fact, these are the types of bullet-points you most frequently see making the rounds in big fake rumours on pastebin and Reddit. Dark Souls games have never, ever been about the story, so there would be no reason for a marketing team to ever tell people how many cutscenes to expect in the game -- it wouldn't do anything to hype people up for it.
To make things weirder, one of the screenshots with an interface has Japanese text.
Also weird? The interface looks to be lifted directly from Dark Souls, not Dark Souls 2.
Here's Dark Souls:
Here's Dark Souls 2:
Then again, if these are real, it could be temporary.
If this rumour is legitimate, it likely stems from internal documents about Dark Souls 3 and not early press materials. That would explain terminology like the PC version being "negotiable" and the specificity around features like the exact enemy count. (Then again, Dark Souls 2 was huge on PC, so that remains a confusing point.)
It's entirely possible -- if not likely -- that Dark Souls 3 will be announced at E3 in a week and a half. But there's good reason to stay sceptical about the specifics here.