Announced at the 2014 E3 Show Bloodborne it didn't take long for this game to rocket to the top of many gamers most wanted lists, and why not either. This PS4 exclusive game is being developed by From Software for Sony, and is being directed by the creator of Dark Souls and Demon's Souls - Hidetaka Miyazaki. To say this is an exciting release is, well, an understatement.
Face your fears as you search for answers in the ancient city of Yharnam, now cursed with a strange endemic illness spreading through the streets like wildfire. Danger, death and madness lurk around every corner of this dark and horrific world, and you must discover its darkest secrets in order to survive.
Expect plenty of enemies to take out.
From Software's Dark Souls was known for its high difficulty level and Bloodborne, which is similar in style, will also be quite a challenge for gamers. Instead of making this a harder game though, the developers are opting to provide more variety in enemy AI which will require a wider range of strategies to overcome the foes rather than a reliance on sharp reflexes or timing. Another big change to this game from the previous titles is the introduction of a gun for the main character. Being set in the Victorian the gun isn't overly powerful or accurate, and on the flip side, being set in this era has also seen the removal of armor from the hero.
While the developers haven't provided a runtime as, as they correctly point out, that will be based on you skill level, they have confirmed the game is bigger than Demon's Souls - so we're talking a pretty massive game as that took around 30 hours to complete.
What the hell is that!
One exciting addition to this game is the ability to use holy chalices to access underground ruins filled with traps, beasts, and rewards, to explore and conquer alone or with others. These procedurally generated dungeons offer brand new challenges to master, and can be uploaded or shared with friends.
When it comes to multiplayer Bloodborne will include co-op and PvP options and, just like the previous titles, it will be possible for gamers to leave messages for other gamers - so if you die in one area, someone else playing the game may see that you have died there, along with a note from yourself. One slight difference is that a small messenger will now appear in these areas with messages.
Finally it has been confirmed that there will be post-launch DLC, something which the developers will be unveiling at a later date.
Now that's one bad-ass looking enemy!
As you can see from the surrounding screenshots this game looks absolutely stunning. The dark Victorian setting suits the tone of the game perfectly, but it's the magnificent lighting that makes this game shine. From Software have confirmed they have a 1080p FullHD resolution running at, or very close to, 30fps. The developers have also confirmed that the game will take place at different times of the day - so not all night as many screens indicate - and there will be weather effects as well although it won't be dynamic and change randomly during a level.
Bloodborne, as a PS4 exclusive, is a real feather in the cap for Sony. Hidetaka Miyazaki has become a superstar among the best game directors following Demon's Souls and Dark Souls and Sony will be hoping he has another hit on his hands with this game. From its first unveiling the game has always looked fantastic and we're expecting big things from this release in March.
Here is a new Gameplay trailer of Bloodborne as released in December 2014. It's pretty gorgeous.