However, while other studios were busy replicating the Dark Souls formula and had little to no success in improving it, FromSoftware did precisely that, several times now.
Enter Bloodborne and Sekiro – Shadows Die Twice. These games both featured a greater focus on offense and mobility compared to earlier Souls titles, turning them into even more thrilling high-risk/high-reward experiences.
Now, in 2023, while many are eagerly anticipating the release of FromSoftware’s latest upcoming game, Elden Ring, a lot of us are still interested in news about a potential sequel to an existing, much-beloved IP.
So, what’s happening with Bloodborne? You’re about to find out.
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Alleged Bloodborne 2 Teaser Trailer
For a while, many were convinced that the original Sekiro teaser—seen below—was pointing towards 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 referring to an entirely new Souls-like game.
It’s 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 that teased Sekiro, similar to how Marvelous Chester teased Bloodborne in the Artorias of the Abyss DLC for the original Dark Souls.
In addition to all of these pointers, 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 the protagonist’s prosthetic arm, although it ultimately ended up being similar to a trick weapon in its own right.
Bloodborne 2 Release Date – Will We Ever See It?
Something else that gave Bloodborne fans hope was a handful of easter eggs featured in FromSoftware’s PSVR game, Deracine. Many thought that these were a confirmation that a “Bloodborne 2″ was in the pipeline. However, Hidetaka Miyazaki was quick to dispel those rumors by guaranteeing that they were in no way indicative of a sequel being in the works.
Rather, FromSoftware was focusing on Elden Ring at the time, which was hyped up to be “most ambitious FromSoftware game” yet, and all that hype was fully justified when the game finally dropped in February 2022.
Now, while there is no official confirmation of any sequel yet, there is a very good chance that we will indeed see another Bloodborne game at some point. Why?
First and foremost, while no sequel has been officially confirmed, there is a lot of love for Bloodborne, both among the fans and the developers themselves. Miyazaki has also stated that the decision as to whether a sequel will be made was not his, meaning that the fate of this IP ultimately rests with its owner: Sony.
Now, the new console generation has officially started, as both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X have hit the shelves. And considering how Microsoft is stepping up its game this time around, it would be in Sony’s best interest to make good use of its exclusive IPs if it wants to win this generation’s “Console War.”
Needless to say, exclusives have been one of PlayStation’s primary strengths for a long time, and shelving one of their most acclaimed exclusive IPs wouldn’t be a very prudent move on Sony’s part.
That said, we’re optimistic that we will indeed see another Bloodborne game at some point during this console generation. And since Miyazaki has already expressed interest in developing another Bloodborne game, we could very well see a new installment in the series drop after Elden Ring is released next year.
The Final Word
At the end of the day, this is all just speculation, and we cannot be sure that a Bloodborne 2 will ever actually see the light of day. The IP’s popularity, the great demand for a sequel among the fans, and the director’s willingness to work on it, all give us faith in this long-awaited sequel. However, as we’ve mentioned above, the decision ultimately lies with Sony.
Something that’s also worth noting is that Demon’s Souls, FromSoftware’s first, original “Souls” game, has now been remade for the PlayStation 5. Again, this doesn’t necessarily mean anything when it comes to Bloodborne, but given that Sony didn’t sweep the old, often-overlooked PlayStation 3 exclusive under the rug, it is unlikely to do that with Bloodborne.
Ultimately, we can only wait and see.