Dark Souls 3 will be released on March 24, 2016 for PS4 and Xbox One in Japan.
The release date was revealed on the game’s Japanese website, and applies only to the Japanese release of the game. However Gematsu reports that the western release date, as well as a release date for the PC version, will be revealed in the upcoming days.
Dark Souls 3 was initially announced at this years Microsoft E3 press conference, with a gameplay reveal trailer later released in early August.
Series creator Hidetaka Miyazaki stated at a roundtable interview E3 that the third installment will not be the last in the Dark Souls series, but a major turning point for the series as a whole.
“First of all, Dark Souls has a really unique worldview. It’s not a good idea, continuously releasing titles for this series because of that factor. And this will probably be the turning point of From Software as a whole – it’s the last project we started working on before I became president,” said Miyazaki during the interview. “It’s basically From Software, they started working on this project when it was an older generation. So it’s a turning point. It’ll be a turning point, but it’s not final.”
Hopefully Gematsu is accurate and we’ll be able to find out the release of the much anticipated game in the near future. In the meantime, you can watch the gameplay reveal trailer below.
Dark Souls 3 looks like it will continue the series’ reputation for being rock hard, though early gameplay footage suggests that Miyazaki has taken some design cues from his PlayStation exclusive title, Bloodborne – notably when it comes to combat, which feels a little faster than players will be used to.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing, however. When Brian Kale reviewed Bloodborne for Continue Play earlier this year, he was blown away by the experience, awarding Miyazaki’s spiritual successor to Dark Souls (which in itself was a spiritual successor to PS3-exclusive Demon’s Souls) our top score of 10/10.
“If you’ve been waiting for a reason to justify your purchase of a PlayStation 4 but have been let down so far with the system’s exclusives, then Bloodborne is the game which could well redeem Sony’s latest console in your eyes,” Brian wrote in his Bloodborne review. “From Software has made its distinctive brand of gaming more accessible to new players without sacrificing the integrity of their design philosophy.
“If this is your first time with a From Software game, enjoy it – because you’ll never get this feeling back again.”