This new game has finally been revealed, and it bears the title Sekiro – Shadows Die Twice. The game seems to expand upon the Souls formula rather well, but what does this mean for Bloodborne 2?
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Bloodborne 2 Teaser Trailer
For a while, many were convinced that the Sekiro teaser – below – was teasing a sequel to Bloodborne. Unfortunately for all the bloodthirsty hunters out there, as of E3 2018, the “Shadows Die Twice” teaser was revealed to be a teaser of an entirely new Souls-like game mentioned above.
All in all, it is not difficult to see why fans were so sure that this teaser was somehow related to Bloodborne:
- The overall aesthetic was similar to that of the original Bloodborne teaser.
- The themes of death, birth, and rebirth are central to the story of Bloodborne.
- Oriental cultures already existed within the “Soulsborne” macroverse. Most notably, there was Yamamura in The Old Hunters DLC.
But all of those things aside, there was ultimately the enigmatic mechanism that heavily resembled a new kind of trick weapon. With the unveiling of Sekiro, however, this was revealed to be a prosthetic arm, although it seems to be similar to a trick weapon in its own right.
Bloodborne 2 Release Date – Will We Ever See It?
The several Bloodborne easter eggs featured in FromSoftware’s PSVR game, Deracine, got many fans’ hopes up. Many thought that these were a confirmation that Bloodborne 2 was in the pipeline. However, Hidetaka Miyazaki dispelled those rumors, saying that they were in no way indicative of a potential sequel being in the works.
FromSoftware is reportedly working on two new games that are still unannounced, and it’s unlikely that Bloodborne 2 is one of them. Furthermore, let’s not forget that the current console generation is drawing to a close, meaning that the PlayStation 4 is soon to be superseded by the PlayStation 5, which is bound to launch no later than 2021.
It wouldn’t make sense for FromSoftware to rush the release of a Bloodborne sequel for the PS4, with so many other high-profile exclusives on the way, such as Ghost of Tsushima, Death Stranding, and The Last of Us Part II.
In any case, the devs have openly stated that they are not very keen on developing sequels and prefer to work on new, fresh IPs.
Yet, Bloodborne is arguably one of their best games. Considering that it was one of the critically acclaimed exclusive titles that helped establish the PS4 as the dominant console early on in this console generation, chances are that Sony will want to have a Bloodborne 2 released for the PlayStation 5, sooner or later.
The Final Word
Ultimately, this is all guesswork, and we cannot be sure that a Bloodborne 2 will ever actually be released. The game’s popularity and the great demand for a sequel among the fans is a good indicator that it will, so it would be very counter-intuitive for Sony just to shelve the IP when it has so much potential.
On the other hand, as mentioned above, the masterminds at FromSoftware have stated time and time again that they do not like stretching existing IPs with sequels. As such, if they decide that they are done with Bloodborne entirely, then the fate of the phantom sequel would be dubious, to say the least.