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Dark Souls 2 announced - first screenshots of new hero, world and monsters

Game will offer "revamped server-based multiplayer experience"

Namco Bandai has unveiled Dark Souls 2, a brand new instalment of reliably "disobliging" action-RPG wickedness that will "delight fans" and "entice new players". There's no release date yet but we do have screenshots, and they're quite the eye-full.

"Built upon the foundation established by Souls series creator and Dark Souls II Supervisor, Hidetaka Miyazaki, with development helmed by FromSoftware Director Tomohiro Shibuya, Dark Souls II will feature a new hero, a new storyline, and an unfamiliar world for players to survive in, while delivering the uncompromising challenge and ultimate sense of empowerment that players hunger for," reads a Namco release.


"Epic battles with gruesome enemies and blood-thirsty bosses await adventurers as they traverse and conquer a devastated world filled with death and despair. Players will also discover a revamped server based multiplayer experience that will put a distinct Dark Souls II twist on the concept of playing and sharing with others. For those with enough tenacity and sheer force of will, great rewards await."

"There are few games that are as rewarding for players as the Dark Souls series, and Dark Souls II will give every player that steps up to take the challenge a feeling of empowerment that they will never forget," said Olivier Comte, Namco Bandai's vice-president of sales, marketing and distribution in Europe. "The game doesn't accept compromise, and neither do the brilliant people at FromSoftware who will test their own tenacity as well as that of gamers in delivering us another gaming landmark."

Dark Souls 2 director Shibuya chimed in with: "this new chapter in the Dark Souls saga presents opportunities for us to drive innovation in gameplay design, develop an entirely new story, and expand the scope of the world in which the player interacts with the game. We have taken these necessary steps with Dark Souls II in order to evolve the overall experience of the Dark Souls series."

"The entire development team is striving to make Dark Souls II an experience that is fresh while not forsaking its roots in presenting players with challenging gameplay," he went on. "Our goal is to surprise and delight our fans with new experiences and plot twists while enticing new players to join our dark journey."

On that note, remember when Hidetaka Miyazaki said he was "really sad" about Dark Souls 1's fearsome reputation? I wonder how far they'll go to get new blood on board.

PS. Here's the reveal trailer from last night's Spike VGAs. Cheers, VG247.

Dark Souls 2 - VGA 2012 Trailer by play3-live