Blood­borne’s an­nounce­ment may have im­me­di­ately aged

Dark Souls II by a gen­er­a­tion, but while Miyazaki’s team works on the PS4 game, else­where within From Soft­ware work continues on one of its spir­i­tual pre­de­ces­sors. The Lost Crowns is a three-part DLC pro­gramme whose first in­stal­ment, Crown

Of The Sunken King, launches on July 22. Our E3 hands-on, how­ever, was quite the dis­ap­point­ment. Set in a drab un­der­ground ruin with a gim­micky hook in which you hit pil­lars to raise and lower parts of the en­vi­ron­ment, Dark Souls II’s first DLC in­tro­duces just a few new en­emy types, one of which is a pow­ered-up ver­sion of the main game’s in­fu­ri­at­ing poi­son-spit­ting stat­ues. It ran ter­ri­bly, too. There’s time to sort that out, at least, and what From has shown of the rest of the tril­ogy looks a lit­tle more promis­ing. You’ll be able to try be­fore you buy, since the game will al­low co-op sum­mons of those who don’t own the DLC.

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