We can finally put the rumors to rest regarding “Project Beast,” the mysterious FromSoftware game that was leaked a few weeks ago. As it turns out, we were all wrong.
We knew that Hidetaka Miyazaki, creative director of Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls, was working on something, thereby explaining his conspicuous absence on Dark Souls II. When screenshots and gameplay footage were supposedly leaked, many of us assumed “Project Beast” was Demon’s Souls II in the making.
But tonight, at Sony’s E3 presser, we learned that “Project Beast,” the new game from the brilliant mind of Hidetaka Miyazaki, is in fact Bloodborne.
While no doubt aesthetically similar, it appears to be set in the late Victorian era. A Gothic cathedral looms over the ruins of crumbling, industrial city. Its protagonist wields a firearm and unique, retractable blade, cutting down what almost look like Hollows. Even the dogs resemble their canine counterparts from the Souls games.
It seems as though a terrible plague has swept through the city, killing most of its inhabitants and turning the rest into shambling, torch-brandishing corpses. Perhaps, as the title suggests, the source of this pathogen is bloodborne. There’s already talk about what this might be: the Curse of the Undead, vampirism, lycanthropy.
FromSoftware released the following description:
Face your fears as you search for answers in the ancient city of Yharnam, now cursed with a strange endemic illness spreading through the streets like wildfire. Danger, death and madness lurk around every corner of this dark and horrific world, and you must discover its darkest secrets in order to survive.
No word yet on its mechanics, but judging from the leaked footage, there are definitely elements from other Souls games: lock-on based third-person combat, glowing “loot” on bodies, fog doors. As to whether it will feature the atmosphere, deep lore, and legendary difficulty we’ve come to expect from Souls games, with Big M at the helm I don’t think we have to worry. I, for one, am really excited to see Hidetaka Miyazaki’s take on Gothic horror.
It is unclear yet whether Bloodborne, which is scheduled for 2015, will be a PS4 exclusive (since it’s a partnership between FromSoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, I’m thinking yes). Stay tuned for more information as it arrives.