Last week, Dark Souls 3 director and From Software president Hidetaka Miyazaki revealed some new details about the awaited DLC for Dark Souls 3, titled Ashes of Ariandel.
Different from the base game
But first things first. He told us that this add-on will have a different style and even a different theme from the original Dark Souls 3 game. One of the locations includes a vast snowy field, for example. Now this is something we have not encountered in Dark Souls 3. It is a lot more open and pushes you to explore more. Mysterious and unique. This is how Miyazaki described this DLC. He also said that the team aimed to bring to life some kind of a gothic feeling.
We all know that whenever we play Dark Souls, a mix of excitement and dread surrounds us. Maybe it is the unknown of the game’s universe. Or maybe the enemies. Probably the enemies. This is also the case of this DLC. There will be new types of enemies which will feel you up with terror (like trees coming alive or bloodthirsty wolves).
An homage to the first Dark Souls
The old fans of the Dark Souls franchise might immediately notice something familiar when they first enter the world of this DLC. It bears the name “The painted world of Ariandel”. Like that area in the first game, named “The painted world of Ariamis”. Let’s remember that you could access it by entering a painting. Hence the name.
Miyazaki tells us that this is not coincidental. Nor is it necessarily intentional. The game takes place in another painted world, as the first game also did. All these connections were made, according to Miyazaki, in order to introduce the players into a certain theme and feel. He found it fitting.
Two boss fights and lots of surprises
Miyazaki revealed that the DLC will have just two boss fights (one will be against a giant white wolf fairly reminiscent of Sif, from the first game). But players don’t need to be disappointed because the add-on has lots of new interesting features. Four new spells, armor sets and new weapons. The weapons include a new spear which players can throw while fighting.
Reportedly, this new Ashes of Ariandel DLC will not affect the ending of the base game at all. It is an entirely separate experience, as it was the case with the first Dark Souls DLC. One problem that players accused also in the previous games and their DLC’s is the fact that you cannot separately access the new content. So if you already completed the game, you’ll have to start it again, most probably play a big part of it, and just then stumble upon the new content. It will be hidden somewhere alongside your quest.
Miyazaki sort of sort of confirmed our greatest fears. Dark Souls 3 will most probably be the last installment of the franchise. At least for now. He did not exclude the possibility of coming back sometimes in the future. But for now, this is it.
Ashes of Ariandel will be released on October 25 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.
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