Bloodborne, the popular PS4 game from, er, From Software, released back in March to critical acclaim. The title has sold over two million copies, “exceeding expectations,” according to publisher Sony.
When Bloodborne released, it was with plans for two DLC packs, according to an interview with From’s Masaaki Yamagiwa. However, as per a report from GamingBolt, the original plans have been consolidated into a single pack, titled The Old Hunters. Yamagiwa expanded on the decision in his interview with EuroGamer.
We were originally planning on doing two sets of DLC. It was decided that with one set, we’d be able to do more with it, and have more volume for players to play with.
In spite of Bloodborne‘s popularity, Yamagiwa noted that “as of right now, we have no plans for anymore [Bloodborne] DLC.”
Although the phrasing doesn’t exactly preclude the possibility of more, Bloodborne fans should brace for disappointment; From and Sony seem to have other plans in the works, including the 2016 release of Dark Souls 3, which promises to be a significant time for From – especially given Dark Souls‘ unique, signature multiplayer style.
That being said, The Old Hunters promises to be big. Really big. With a $19.99 price tag in America, it had better be; that’s essentially the price of a full expansion. Yamagiwa also commented on the sheer size of the Old Hunters pack.
“At least in Japan, the plan was to release the DLC in November. I should mention, though, we finished making [Bloodborne] and then moved into production on the DLC. It took that long, but that’s because of the sheer amount of volume. We’re sorry it took so long! But it’s as fast as was possible considering what’s in it.”
Previews of The Old Hunters indicate that the DLC will be adding 10 new weapons to Bloodborne, along with three new areas, and a new boss – Ludwig – who was previously referenced in the base Bloodborne game.
Only one of the new areas has been seen thus far; a swamp filled with pools of blood and dead bodies, a broken moon hanging over it. The Old Hunters takes place in a “nightmare” in which the titular Old Hunters of Yharnam have been trapped, and is said to be an expansion onto Bloodborne‘s existing story. Presumably, it’s up to the player to rescue them; that’s not official, but anything less would seem a bit unheroic.
Bloodborne: The Old Hunters is set to release November 24 on PS4.
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