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?
Bloodborne 2 Teaser Trailer
For a while, many were sure that the Sekiro teaser seen below was actually 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 just 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 were already shown to exist within the “Soulsborne” macroverse. Most notably, there was Yamamura in The Old Hunters DLC.
But all of those things aside, there was ultimately that enigmatic mechanism which 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 a fan’s 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 us not forget that the current console generation is drawing to a close, meaning that the PlayStation 4 is soon to be superseded by the PlayStation 5 which is bound to launch no later than 2021. As such, there would be little sense in FromSoftware rushing to release a sequel to Bloodborne for the PS4, what 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. But seeing as Bloodborne is arguably one of their very best games and 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 Sony will want to have a Bloodborne 2 released for the PlayStation 5, sooner or later.
The Final Word
So, ultimately, this is all guesswork and we cannot be certain 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 to just 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 thin 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.