Bloodborne is the next game to come out of From Software, the developers behind the wildly popular Dark Souls series. Check out the trailer for this PS4 exclusive below!

“Face your fears as you search for answers in the ancient city of Yharnam, now cursed with a strange endemic illness spreading through the streets like wildfire. Danger, death and madness lurk around every corner of this dark and horrific world, and you must discover its darkest secrets in order to survive.”

After being officially announced at the Playstation Media Briefing at E3 2014, here are the three best reasons to put this game at the top of your watch list.

1. The return of Hidetaka Miyazaki

Bloodborne is being helmed by Demons’ Souls and Dark Souls 1’s director Hidetaka Miyazaki. Although backed by brilliant teams, Miyazaki deserves a lot of credit for what he brought to these games. His vision powered through these games, and he successfully created creepy and melancholic yet beautiful and tranquil atmospheres that absolutely shone. He has been fabled as a perfectionist and won’t let anything be produced simply because it is gory or gross; he requires tact, meaning and beauty behind all creations. Here’s hoping that Bloodborne will be dripping in Miyazaki magic.

Here’s a few words from Miyazaki himself:

“Creating Bloodborne as a completely new game on the new PlayStation 4 hardware has allowed us to really push the envelope in myriad ways. That being said, in more ways than one, it also very much retains our distinct, signature style. As has been at the core of our development philosophy since Demon’s Souls, we make true games for people who love games. Please watch for more to come on Bloodborne, and thank you very much for your support.”

2. A whole new world

Bloodborne is set in a whole new universe away from the world of Demons’ Souls and Dark Souls 1 & 2’s shared universe. In fact, the rules that apply to Souls may not exist in this game at all. What we do know is that it takes place in a Gothic Victorian styled city named Yharnam; nasty, deadly creatures lurk in the dark; and it appears that it’s up to us to fight and kill them all, with shotgun in one hand and a scythe that flips open like a Motorola Razr in the other. Your goal? Pilgrimage through the streets of Yharnam searching for an old medical remedy for the affliction that has spread across its residents.

3. New gameplay experiences

While how Bloodborne will play can only be speculated, the fact that Bloodborne is a new game that is intentionally distancing itself from Souls games – although keeping thematically similar with its very dark atmosphere and focus on pilgrimages and sickness/curses – seems to show that it will be different from what we’ve experienced before. Fighting with a shotgun is a first for Fromsoft with its Action RPGs, and Bloodborne promises to offer a more offensive combat experience when compared to Dark Souls’ required defensive playstyle.

For more information on Bloodborne, keep checking back to Start Replay. You can guarantee we’ll be talking about this one a lot.

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Matthew Evans

Matthew is a creative wordsmith who enjoys producing editorial content between camping loot caves in Destiny and backstabbing invaders in Dark Souls. When not sinking hours of his life in to videogames he enjoys playing tabletop board games and being employed as a person who dishes out the law. Normal fairly uninteresting British Laws, not awesome Judge Dredd laws.

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