Friday, February 4, 2011

Namco Publishing From Software's Newest Projects

Namco Bandai has officially announced that it is publishing From Software's next two major projects: Dark Souls, a spiritual successor to the cult-hit Demon's Souls, and Armored Core V, a new adventure with a unique worldwide online war enabled.

Dark Souls follows the same gameplay as Demon's Souls, but exploration has become a much greater part of the extremely difficult adventure title. Similar to Demon's Souls, the game will focus heavily on tactical swordplay and trial-and-error elements. From Software producer Daisuke Uchiyama stated at Namco Bandai's event this past week that the game has not decreased in difficulty; in fact, Uchiyama expects people to die so often that it becomes funny.

Differing from Demon's Souls further, the game's character creation mode does not rely on classes as its main element. Demon's Souls online component, Soul Tendency, will not be making a return in this game due to its server expenditure. Instead, mutual role-playing elements will be involved, but no specifics were introduced.

Meanwhile, another major title in From Software's future was announced, also to be published by Namco Bandai Games. Armored Core V is being touted as a rebirth for the franchise, taking the battle online and in a much larger scale than ever before.

Armored Core V will be an online-only venture this time around. Players work toward completing a number of unique missions in order to capture territories across the game world. Once the territory is captured by a particular group, that group can create its own missions there to be taken by another group, hopefully developing into a feedback loop of continual content for years to come.

Also of note is Armored Core V's vast customization. Over 500 items will be selectable for mech-creation, providing players with a large variety of choices to make when it comes to making the most badass mech on the block.

Dark Souls is expected for release in 2011. Armored Core V is slated for 2012 in western shores. Both are slated or 360 and PS3 releases.

TRAILER (Dark Souls)

TRAILER (Armored Core V)

SOURCES: CVG | Destructoid

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