Showing posts with label From Software. Show all posts
Showing posts with label From Software. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Dark Souls Series Hits 27 Million Sales, Dark Souls 3 Sold 10 Million

Acclaimed action RPG series Dark Souls has sold over 27 million copies, Dark Souls III adds more than 10 million units.

Despite being an incredibly punishing experience, action role-playing game series Dark Souls from developer From Software has established a brand-new genre known as "Soulsborne" that begin its journey with 2009 title Demon Souls.

According to an official press release by publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment, it was revealed today that Dark Souls franchise has sold over 27 million units worldwide and Dark Souls III alone has added 10 million copies to that number.

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Dark Souls Series Hits 27 Million Sales, Dark Souls 3 Sold 10 Million

RELATED: Elden Ring Release Window Leaked

Taking 27 million sales number into account, latest installment of Dark Souls series apparently contributed more than 37% in total sales, which adds combined sales of base game and "Fire Fades Edition", complete version will all DLCs.

Originally made its debut back in March 2016 for Japan and then a month later for worldwide, Dark Souls III is a globally beloved video game franchise based on a dark fantasy setting and still very much popular among player community.

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Moving away from "Soulsborne" genre, From Software has also worked on critically-acclaimed titles like Bloodborne (2015) and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (2019), both of which were directed by Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki.

Miyazaki is planning his return by teaming up with Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin for upcoming action RPG title Elden Ring. Though not much of that project is revealed yet, From Software is likely to return to its "Soulslike" roots.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Elden Ring Will Be Showcased at Taipei Game Show

Upcoming action RPG game Elden Ring from From Software to be shown at Taipei Game Show 2020.

Right after HBO's fantasy drama TV series Game of Thrones ended; there was a rumor of its creator George R. R. Martin working with popular Japanese studio From Software that turns out to be upcoming action role-playing game Elden Ring.

Then an official announcement trailer was dropped back in E3 2019 and there has been no buzz about the game ever since until now but looks like, fans are going to see more of its RPG action next month at Taipei Game Show 2020.

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Elden Ring Will Be Showcased at Taipei Game Show

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This show will take place from February 6 to 9 and the dark fantasy title will be showcased during presentation by Sony. Although attendees won't be able to get a hands-on playing experience, a new footage will likely to get revealed.

At this point, people have no solid idea of what to expect from latest title of Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki. Nevertheless, everyone is excited to see From Software attempting to explore open-world genre for very first time.

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In September 2019, a leaked listing from Target retail chain suggests the game has a release window set for June 2020. Most recently, From Software official site has reaffirmed the same date on a New Year card, making it more obvious.

Elden Ring has been under development from 2017 right after Dark Souls III final DLC, The Ringed City was released. Given their past record of shipping games quickly, a release date set for this year will not be very much surprising at all.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Elden Ring Release Window Leaked

From Software official website has seemingly leaked a release window for anticipated action RPG game Elden Ring.

Starting back in 2009 with action role-playing game Demon's Souls, Japanese studio From Software has been on a winning streak and even won over "Game of the Year" accolade for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice at The Game Awards 2019.

Following an official announcement back in E3 2019, fans of their previous work is patiently waiting for new update on their upcoming ARPG release Elden Ring and it seems that we are only months away from its release on 2020.

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Elden Ring Release Window Leaked

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On beginning of this year, From Software published a New Year card on their official website, which stated that their latest project will come around in June 2020, which could either be a mistake or an estimated release window.

Although this suggested time period is less likely to be an opening for launch, it actually supports a previously leaked release date from retail chain Target, which claimed for the game to have a release month set for June this year.

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That leak from back in September 2019 had a product listing of Elden Ring for pre-order and a set date of Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Considering major video games usually release on Tuesdays or Fridays, this date was somewhat plausible.

According to rumors, there is a chance for Microsoft to showcase the game alongside Xbox Series X in an event at that time to showcase power of their next-generation hardware even though it will arrive for current console generation.

RELATED: Elden Ring Will Be Showcased at Taipei Game Show

Players have yet to see some gameplay footage with more details on the game and therefore, a June release date seems to be very early. Depending on how far they are in development phase, it is up to From Software to confirm an official date.

Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki is returning once again, teaming up with Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin and it seems that Elden Ring gameplay and story settings will be heavily influenced by "Soulsborne" genre in overall.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Mod Adds Easy Mode

Months after release, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice eventually gets an apparent easy mode, thanks to latest mod.

When developer From Software launched action-adventure game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One teaming up with publisher Activision in early 2019, it received immense praise aside from criticism for extreme difficulty.

Though majority of players and hardcore gamers have embraced it, mainstream critics and game journalists were asking for an easy mode. Their prayers have finally been answered as a new mod has arrived to add an easy mode.

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Mod Adds Easy Mode

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Currently available at Nexus Mods, Sekiro The Easy mod will not completely make the game easy but help people make more progress. Without altering enemy behavior or positions, it makes some simple changes to lower game difficulty.

It provides attack buffs to protagonist one-armed Wolf and thus, helps taking down enemies quicker. Players are also given infinite amount of in-game currency Spirit Emblem to access abilities and weapons while removing fall damage.

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Item drop rates and buff duration for weapons are increased along with timer of Puppeteer Ninjutsu technique to backstab opponents. There are other mods to balance out some features but Sekiro The Easy packs a couple of them into one.

Newcomers who are on the verge of giving up trying to get killed over and over again in Sekiro can at least try out this mod and receive significant perks to at least get a hold of things since the mod addresses more than a single issue.

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Players would still have to learn how to overcome every in-game challenges and tackle enemies since it doesn't affect any of their intelligence but offers you a better fighting chance against odds that seemed to be unconquerable until now.

It has only been months that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice came out and From Software is already in full swing with their upcoming project Elden Ring, which have Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki on board with Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Elden Ring Announced

Created by Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R. R. Martin, fantasy action RPG game Elden Ring is announced by From Software at E3 2019.

Long after a rumor of an epic collaboration between Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki and Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin spread out, their upcoming project Elden Ring has finally been announced at Xbox E3 2019 briefing.

This much hyped action role-playing game by developer From Software is seemingly to become a spiritual successor to Dark Souls. Recently, a brand-new trailer launches portraying similar dark and ominous tones of their past games.

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Elden Ring Announced

RELATED: George R.R. Martin Hints at From Software Collaboration Rumor

A cinematic teaser of a very mysterious plotline for the game only gives away shade of another fantasy saga.




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The trailer opens up showing an unknown figure who is presumably a divine blacksmith of some sort and repeatedly hitting a shiny object with a hammer like tool. With each impact, his body is cracked a little more and he collapses after a final blow.

A person wearing a crown holds up a severed arm of another by partially wearing it and six creepy looking hands approaches from darkness. They slowly proceed to uplift the bearer to light when the severed arm suddenly moves.

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A red-haired female warrior prepares for an oncoming battle by attaching a prosthetic arm. We then see a knight in armor swiftly stabs a hulking enemy with a spear, which led to sky turning fiery red and the defeated opponent set ablaze in flames.

While these events all run in parallel, legend of Elden Ring is described by an unseen narrator as an artifact of unimaginable power that could command stars and beyond but now, someone or something has unleashed an unthinkable disaster by breaking it.

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Early leaks and rumors had it that creators have taken some inspiration from Celtic and Norse mythology during its build up. Players are supposed to roam from different kingdoms to take out their ruler in quest of acquiring their power.

Opening shots of a cut off arm could be some form of ritual and a battle scene with red sky may be from aspects of confronting those monarch figures. Although confirmed to be an open-world game, there would be significant focus on RPG elements.

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Expressing his excitement of working with creator of Dark Souls and From Software studio, George R.R. Martin stated the following.

Building the world of Elden Ring with Miyazaki-san and his team was a treat! The graphics, mythos, and action-RPG gameplay will deliver an unforgettable experience. I can't wait for people to see what Elden Ring has in store for them.

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Hidetaka Miyazaki will be serving as game director and he revealed that development for the game started as soon as they were done with DLC expansions for Dark Souls III, meaning development is ongoing for past two years.

Elden Ring is currently set to release on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms and though no official release date has been confirmed by developer From Software or publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment just yet, it may arrive sometime in early 2020.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Bloodborne Hack Lets You Play as Enemies

A modder has come up with an enemy control feature hack that would allow you to play as enemies in Bloodborne.

Although modding is a fairly familiar concept to players on PC platform, sometime skilled modders find a way to hack into games on consoles and one such event has happened recently with 2015 PlayStation 4-exclusive title Bloodborne.

An Australian modder named Lance McDonald has hacked into the code of From Software game to find a backdoor that would allow him to take control over beastly creatures roaming in Yharnam to learn its behind-the-scene secrets.

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Bloodborne Hack Lets You Play as Enemies

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McDonald previously hacked into action RPG game Dark Souls III to unearth secrets like an early version of Consumed King, Oceiros holding his young boy Ocelotte during a fight and more that were eventually cut off from final release.

His latest mod will let player take over any enemy or even bosses just by locking on to them, thus enabling you to wander around your surroundings and having a completely different perspective of how those creatures work.

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In his first Tweet, McDonald displays how he swapped control of an enemy with The Hunter to practically test it out.



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Developers have deactivated such options before shipping their finished product but he used these functions from debug menu and though they were originally built for testing controls, it is fun to see them work in real-time.

However, one may never actually finish the entire Bloodborne game using his enemy control feature since they are unable to climb ladders or even hurt other monsters ad going too far away from player would cause them to despawn.

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He showed more usage of a debugging feature he found within in a follow-up Tweet to access more in-game enemies.



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With a plan to test out this interesting feature in other From Software games, McDonald added enemy control into action-adventure title Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and then shared a video clip of his successful progress on Twitter as well.



RELATED: Sekiro is Biggest Steam Game of Q1 2019

Instead of simply locking onto an enemy to immediately taking control of them, McDonald decided to come up with a special button combination that would require for players to press when they wished to control them and that is hard.

This perhaps is one of his most recent works but Lance McDonald has been working on mods for several From Software titles that he shares on his YouTube channel on a regular basis and enabling other content creators to work with those.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

George R.R. Martin Hints at From Software Collaboration Rumor

Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin rumored to be in collaboration with From Software for a Souls-like game.

You can easily tell that after launching Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, developer From Software is already up to their next project. Reports say that two unannounced projects are currently at works other than Dark Souls: Remastered and Metal Wolf Chaos XD.

Also, now that HBO's fantasy drama TV show Game of Thrones series finale is aired, what would author George R. R. Martin be doing next? Could he get involved in collaboration with the popular Japanese studio for a brand-new video game?

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George R.R. Martin Hints at From Software Collaboration Rumor

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According to a recent Blog post, aside from writing the final two books of Game of Thrones and busy being a producer to five other TV shows, Martin recently has consulted on a video game out of Japan, possibly teasing an early rumor.

Although he is well versed in great world-building elements like dark storytelling and creating fictional kingdoms with dragons in it, it is highly unlikely for next From Software game to be another sequel to Souls franchise.

REVEALED: Player Beats Sekiro All Bosses, No-Hit

In an interview from 2016, Dark Souls series director and From Software president, Hidetaka Miyazaki confirmed that there are no plans for a sequel and even if there was one, it would take at least 5 years for them to start developing it.

Reports also say that, this upcoming IP has been in development for nearly three years now and is being referred as "GR". It is likely to be an open-world game that has features like horse riding and would be published by Bandai Namco.

REVEALED: Sekiro is Biggest Steam Game of Q1 2019

Could it be Bloodborne 2 or maybe a sequel to Sekiro? The latter has enough potential to carry out its legacy by itself. Or maybe studio stuffs are calling it "GR" by taking first two initials from Martin's name because of his involvement?

Given how Sekiro got a full title reveal at E3 2018 before releasing earlier this year, we probably can expect a reveal for this upcoming project at E3 2019 press conference on June 9, which is only a few weeks away from now.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Quadriplegic Gamer Proves Sekiro Needs No Easy Mode

There are people crying for an easy mode in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and then there is Limitlessquad, who owns it.

Games developed by From Software have an inherited trait of being difficult than any other titles out there and their recent action-adventure release Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is no different if not a new staple on that line.

Ever since the game has come out on March 22, people who casually play video games couldn't seem to go ahead much further and kept complaining that it is even harder than Dark Souls III but then comes a player with disabilities, who proves them wrong.

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Quadriplegic Gamer Proves Sekiro Needs No Easy Mode

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Outcry of a casual crowd in gaming community for adding an easy mode to Sekiro has been there since the game dropped and reached on a new level where they started claiming that people with disabilities are having a hard time playing it.

Then there comes a quadriplegic gamer who takes an issue with that claim and showed everyone by playing the game and defeating notorious boss Corrupted Monk to show everyone that players with limitations can adapt and conquer it too.

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Below is a video of YouTube gamer Limitlessquad with physical disabilities, showcasing his skills in Sekiro via a boss-fight.




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Of course he faces an extra layer of difficulties than most but his gameplay straight out proves that a simple easy mode band aid that ruins the core experience of the game is no actual solution rather than actually needing to "Git Gud".

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a latest game by From Software and Activision that is currently available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for everyone. Despite being punishingly difficult at times, it is designed to build up determination and perseverance within players.