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'Dark Souls 2' developer teams up with Sony for PS4 exclusive, 'Bloodborne'

Photo courtesy of Sony Computer Entertainment, used with permission

From Software, the studio behind the recently-released "Dark Souls 2," has confirmed its partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment. According to a report from the Playstation Blog on June 9, "Bloodborne" has been officially announced for the PS4. The action role-playing game was previously leaked with the tentative title of "Project Beast."

The new video game will be directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, the same director behind "Dark Souls" and "Demon's Souls." He did not direct "Dark Souls 2." Instead, he chose to supervised the multiplatform project while working on "Bloodborne" at the same time. Development for the upcoming title started at From Software after the release of the "Artorias of the Abyss" DLC for the original "Dark Souls."

The official trailer shows that "Bloodborne" is very different when compared to the "Souls" series. Players are going to explore a gothic city, which is home to numerous humanoid enemies as well as some demonic creatures. A leaked gameplay video also hinted at a faster-paced and more agile gameplay when compared to the previous games.

Hidetaka Miyazaki and Sony Computer Entertainment previously teamed up with the development of "Demon's Souls." However, the first-party publisher decided to let Atlus distribute the video game in the west. Eventually, From Software decided to work on the "Dark Souls" series for multiple platforms. With the new intellectual property, however, it appears that the studio is willing to work exclusively with Sony Computer Entertainment once again.

"Bloodborne" is slated to arrive exclusively for the PS4 next year. During the same event, the publisher also confirmed that "Uncharted 4," as well as a new installment of the "Ratchet and Clank" series, are being released in 2015. With "The Order 1886" previously announced to launch in Feb. of next year, 2015 appears to be a busy year for the PS4 in terms of first-party exclusives. An artwork featuring the action role-playing game can be viewed near the top of this article (courtesy of the official Twitter page for the video game).