I by no means claim to be an expert, but here is my 2 cents on the semi-recent admission that Dark Souls 2 will be marketed as a AAA title, and why that probably spells bad news for the franchise.
I think DaS2 will be great (we've already seen live gameplay, after all). What I hope is that the game tightens some screws and fixes some issues that have been in both DeS and DaS (things like the abuse of backstabs or spamming certain spells). The single-player is great. It's the online play that needs to be tweaked, and I think they'll do a fine job.
Thanks for the comment, I agree the game-play footage looks promising, I'm particularly excited about enemies demanding a wider tactical approach i.e falling back on you if you go for the backstab etc. My articles main concern is more with the publisher than with From Software, I have no doubt if they retain control of development then it will be fantastic.
The game will be great, I don't doubt that... my issue here is that if DS2 is marketed as a AAA title then From Software are going to expect a bigger return to cover the cost of said marketing, and when it inevitably doesn't deliver so well on that return, because lets be honest here Dark Souls may well be a great franchise but it is quintessentially "niche" If that happens, From Software may just decide the IP is no longer profitable and discontinue it, I mean it's not at all like this kind of thing hasn't happened before.
@ both above I'm a huge fan of the series...150+ hours in DeS and 200+ hours in DaS. I have a level 640 character in Dark Souls, if that helps to illustrate my devotion. ;) I think DaS2 could be a do-or-die situation. You're right. It's niche and FROM wants to see if it can be more than niche. If DaS2 fails to sell more than the first two games, FROM may have to call it quits or scale back the development costs, though afaik both Souls games turned a profit (not 100% sure on that). I guess we'll see. We need a lot more competition in this sub-genre of 3rd person action games. The only other notable ones I can think of on console would be Witcher 2, Dragon's Dogma (kinda), and Skyrim.
Kudos on the level 640, must've taken some doing haha.
prepare to cry or buy? i say both, i will buy it and cry when i get punish and be happy when i platinum it the same way i got my plat on demons souls and dark souls. hopefully the game improved a lot from its predecessors. im also hoping that the new game that was announced by fromsoftware is a true successor to the demons souls franchise.
DS2 will be dumbed down for Skyrim fans sake.
I don't disagree, but we have at-least 9 months to keep on hoping it isn't.
Dark Souls was already dumbed down from Demon's Souls so I'm not surprised or concerned that the same will happen to the sequel. I'd still rather have Demon's Souls 2. Not some new IP that's similar.
dumped down? lol both are great games but Dark Souls was better in almost every way
I expect Dark Souls 2 to be even more dumbed down in difficulty just like Dark Souls was from Demon Souls. Dark Souls is probably the most overrated game when it comes to being 'hard'. It really wasen't, especially the last half of the game. I don't expect Dark Souls 2 to be either, since they want to reach a wider audience
By the time I finish dark souls and demons souls , dark souls 2 will be free on ps+
you can realistically beat demons souls in 20 hrs. i did, and dark souls in less if you get help from other players. demons souls has picked up lately with people putting down summon signs.
I can never find any, I played 4 hours the other day and didn't see one I did see about a hundred places where people died
ugh, once again, complaining about nothing, "OMGERD, they are calling it triple A, as in the best of the best game design and graphics,now i can't feel as special because it shares the same title with games that are mainstream"
Am i the only one who is genuinely scared to play this game? The first one was a nightmare..
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