Dark Souls creator and From Software President Hidetaka Miyazaki has openly stated that last year’s Dark Souls III will serve as the last chapter of the franchise, at least for the near future. The third game in the series is a strong place to end then, even if it leaves us with hundreds of unanswered questions. As promised, From Software will be releasing a second and final bit of DLC for Dark Souls III to close off the journey, and this week they unveiled it as The Ringed City with a trailer and release date:
From Bandai Namco:
Fear not the dark, ashen one. Journey to the world’s end to search for the Ringed City and encounter new lands, new bosses, new enemies with new armor, magic and items. Experience the epic final chapter of a dark world that could only be created by the mind of Hidetaka Miyazaki.
The trailer shows what we’ve come to expect out of a new foray into Dark Souls; Curious environments, twisted creatures, and a haunting soundtrack. There is a lot to unpack hidden in the imagery as well, to be sure. We’re curious to find out if The Ringed City relates to anything already established in the series lore, or if it’ll be a new addition to the world. The previous DLC, Ashes of Ariandel, was an entirely new location, but it still harkened back to The Painted World from the first Dark Souls. Perhaps the titular Ringed City will be a similar ‘new-old’ environment.
We don’t expect that this last DLC will wrap up the series in a neat and tidy bow. The Souls series almost prides itself in implication over exposition, and separating their plot from their lore is always a difficult endeavor. Regardless, The Ringed City bears an unfortunate burden in serving as From Software’s final statement in one of this generation’s most important franchises. We have high expectations for this last DLC, but we trust Miyazaki is up to the challenge.
Dark Souls III: The Ringed City launches March 28, 2017, on PC, Xbox One and PS4
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