Bandai Namco Entertainment has released a new Dark Souls III trailer to show off player-versus-player combats in the game’s first downloadable content (DLC) expansion. Titled Ashes of Ariandel, the upcoming DLC will be available later this month.
Announced at Electronic Entertainment Expo 2015, Dark Souls III debuted in Japan in March and received a worldwide launch a month later. Bandai Namco published the fourth entry in the Souls series for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows (PC).
The action role-playing video game franchise began with PlayStation 3 title Demon’s Souls in 2009. Spiritual successor Dark Souls followed in 2011, expanding to Xbox 360 and PC platforms in addition to PS3.
Dark Souls II became the first title to feature on eighth generation consoles PS4 and Xbox One. Unlike the previous two entries, series creator Hidetaka Miyazaki didn’t reprise his role as game director. He returned for Dark Souls III, which Miyazaki considers to be the closure of the franchise. The Dark Souls games have sold over 13 million copies.
Ashes of Ariandel trailer focuses on the new player-versus-player content
To the tune of Andrea Wasse, Morgan Dorr and Timothy Blakey Healy’s “Ain’t No Devil” song, the trailer encourages players to embrace the darkness together. The video showcases the classic duels between invaders.
The new player-versus-player content introduces the snow-themed Immortal Competition arena, where multiple players can battle each other all at once. But the DLC has more than just combats.
Ashes of Ariandel adds around 15 hours of gameplay to the base game with several new features. They include two bosses, fifteen weapons, and four armor sets as well as new locations, battle arts and enemies. Additionally, they way players take on the new bosses will change.
Ashes of Ariandel DLC release date, price, and future
Set for an October 28 release, Ashes of Ariandel costs $15 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Those who purchase the game’s $25 season pass will also get it. A second DLC expansion is due out in early 2017.
In the meantime, Hidetaka Miyazaki is working with Souls developer FromSoftware on a weird game and a first Armored Core title since the 2013 Armored Core: Verdict Day. Mizutaki has hinted to more Bloodborne games, too.
Miyazaki has no plans to continue the Souls series with spin-offs or further sequels, though. However, Miyazaki stated he wouldn’t deny others from making future installments. Miyazaki has also acknowledged the demand for a remastered Demon’s Souls. He said a different studio could handle the remaster.