What is It?
Ashes of Ariandel is the first of two DLC packs that will be coming to Dark Souls III. Ashes is set to hit the game later this month, while the second and final DLC will be coming sometime next year, at a yet unannounced date.
From Software hasn’t given any concrete story details about this new expansion, but we know that Ashes of Ariandel will be taking us to a rather snowy and cold environment. From what we’ve seen of the trailer so far, there are snowy fields with trees (that can attack you), as well as a large castle that you can explore. It looks rather similar to the Painted World of Ariamis, a side area in Dark Souls. The first area of the DLC is actually called the Painted World of Ariandel, so you can be certain that there will be some thematic connections here.
There are also wolves and very big, Nordic-looking enemies. We’ve also gotten a glimpse of one of the bosses and what looks suspiciously like a Lordvessel filled with lava.