Lady Maria is a mysterious figure in Bloodborne. She appears front-and-centre on the cover for The Old Hunters DLC, but when you finally meet her, she's not exactly in the condition you might expect. Data digger Lance McDonald has figured out why.
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Since the release of FromSoftware's Demon's Souls in 2009, it and its spiritual successors — the Dark Souls trilogy and Bloodborne — have acquired reputations that are both built on the games themselves and players' responses to them. Demon's Souls and its descendants are as dependent upon their mechanics, level design, and art direction for effect as they are upon narrative obfuscation, and audiences have happily engaged this by spending years picking at details to assemble interpretive webs.
The practice of decorating graduation caps is often seen as a rite of passage for incoming graduates of universities and (now, increasingly) high schools in the US. Students often spend months contemplating what they will include on their graduation caps on graduation day.
This year, many chose to adorn their caps with inspiring quotes, memes and song lyrics. Others chose to incorporate elements from games that they love or find inspiring. Here are some of the stand-out gamer grad caps from this year's graduating class.
From Software's Souls games and Bloodborne have online co-operation, but some areas become more abandoned as time goes on. Return To Yharnam is a community event set to start on March 10 that's working to revitalize Bloodborne's online world of bell-ringing hunters.
Aussie developer and From Software fan Lance McDonald has had a ball of a time messing around with alpha versions of Bloodborne. So far, he's recovered deleted NPCs, brought cut enemies back to life, and scoured areas of Yharnam that were closed entirely.
And just like a set of steak knives, of course there's more.
Bloodborne's chalice dungeons offer hundreds of thousands of possible crypts to explore. Dedicated players have found lost enemies and keep looking for more. Thanks to dataminers searching the game's files, a new group of dungeons have been found containing developer test areas and unused bosses.
Bloodborne's Lovecraftian setting is full of creative enemies, from multi-eyed brain beasts to half-flayed wolf demons. It's exciting to think about what creatures may still be lurking in the game years later or lost on the cutting room floor. The game's files recently ended up in the hands of dataminers, one of which decided to show off some of the game's cut monsters.