For those longing for more Dark Souls action who were able to get their fix from the PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne, there may soon be another chance to return to the immersive worlds that From Software are responsible for, perhaps sooner than later. Thomas Mahler, the CEO and Game Director of Moon Studios and the mind behind Ori and the Blind Forest, says that he's confident that Bloodborne 2 will be announced at E3 2017.
"I'm 99% certain we'll see it :)" Mahler wrote in reply to a posting on NeoGAF that speculated whether or not the action RPG would find itself in the spotlight amid Sony's big reveals in June.
With the Souls series presumably at its end, fans of Bloodborne have certainly been hopefully reliant on the new franchise for a sequel since the game's 2015 release. Plenty of rumors have swirled around whether or not another installation in the series was in the works, but this comment that Mahler made lends a certain level of credibility to the potential announcement given his position in the gaming industry.
Much earlier in talks of what might be shown during Sony's presentation at E3, it was announced that they had plans for some "amazing" games, and Teruyuki Toriyama, From Software producer, added to the speculation by saying that From Software had some "ambitious titles" in the works.
As the first game in its series, Bloodborne built off of the slash-and-roll combat system that the Souls series worked to improve on throughout the series' installments. It had some noticeable changes made to ensure that it could stand alone as an new series while also staying true to the feeling that the previous Souls games invoked. One of the most notable changes made by From Software was their cutting back on defensive measures in the game, something that was a key part of surviving the Souls series. Gone were shields both big and small, they were instead replaced with guns that ranged from the massive Cannon to the scorching Flamesprayer. These new key tools for surviving the horrors that Bloodborne entailed could be used offensively or defensively, a replacement of the parrying system that was a core part of the Souls series.
More may be revealed closer to E3 whether or not Bloodborne 2 will make an appearance, but for now, any news the may keep the series alive and thriving is welcome news.