To say that Bloodborne is a highly anticipated game would be an understatement. Given the huge success of the original, it’s no surprise that fans have been very vocal about their desire to see a sequel someday. Ideally, the sooner the better. Unfortunately, the folks over at From Software don’t seem to be particularly interested in working on a new title at this time. Or if they are, they’re not telling us about it.
Having said all that, it’s not too crazy to think that the game will, in fact, be announced at some point. From Software stated not too long ago that it is working on two new titles, both of which seem to follow the ‘soulsborne’ formula. That already sounds pretty encouraging, but that’s not all. One of the company’s more recent games hints at the fact that Bloodborne’s story is not finished quite yet.
Of course, we shouldn’t forget that Bloodborne is considered one of the best PS4 exclusives to date. With the console quickly approaching the end of its life cycle, Sony is no doubt looking for killer exclusives for the upcoming PS5. Needless to say, a sequel to Bloodborne would be an instant system seller. Granted, this is all speculation and conjecture at this point, however, there are good reasons to believe that new Bloodborne is not just a pipe dream. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most recent news and rumors surrounding the mysterious title.
From Software is Working on Two New Games, One of Which Could be Bloodborne 2
Back in late 2018, From Software President Hidetaka Miyazaki revealed some of the company’s plans for the future in an interview with Japanese gaming website 4Gamer. At the time, the roadmap included Deracine, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and two new announced titles. Deracine was released back in November while Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice came out earlier this year in March.
With those two games out of the way, it looks like the developers are now fully committed to their next two projects. But what are they? Well, in the same interview Miyazaki mentioned that both of them are “From Software-esque games.” In other words, we can expect them to be similar to Dark Souls and Bloodborne.
Now, From Software may very well try to do something different and add innovative new mechanics as it did with Sekiro. In essence, though, it seems like the developers don’t want to stray away too far from the formula that made their games so popular in the first place. And why should they? People love these types of games and they should definitely make more of them. Besides, they tried doing something a bit different recently with Deracine and it didn’t really pan out.
Going back to the tried-and-true formula seems like an obvious move for the developer. But is one of the two announced titles Bloodborne 2? Possibly, though we can’t say for certain at this time. Miyazaki along with other From Software developers have stated on more than one occasion that there are no solid plans to release another Bloodborne game. However, these things are rarely set in stone and can always change. Particularly since the Bloodborne IP is not actually owned by From Software. But more on that a bit later.
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Bloodborne 2 Hints Found in Deracine, or Were They?
Shortly after Deracine launched back in November, some very interesting rumors started circulating online. As it turns out, the game contains a couple of Easter Eggs related to Bloodborne. This part itself is not a rumor as there are indeed items in Deracine that look like they are part of the Bloodborne universe and feature descriptions that subtly allude to the game. One of the descriptions reads as follows:
A doll of the stone girl Fiona who appears in the unfinished tale. When a person has a bad dream, Fiona appears and helps them flee.
The “unfinished tale” bit of this description is what started the aforementioned rumors. If the description alludes to Bloodborne and if Bloodborne is an “unfinished tale”, that would suggest that another game will continue its story at some point. Well, maybe. Miyazaki confirmed that the doll’s description does refer to the game but that it was merely meant as a tribute. In other words, we shouldn’t see this as a sign that the new version of Bloodborne is in development.
Who Decides the Future of the Bloodborne IP?
Given that From Software created the game, it would seem safe to assume that the developers would be the ones to decide if a sequel is made or not. However, Sony Computer Entertainment is the company that actually owns the IP and acted as publisher for the game. That’s why Bloodborne wasn’t a cross-platform release and only launched on the PS4. Unlike the Dark Souls series or Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice for example.
This means Sony has just as much to say about a potential Bloodborne 2 as From Software. As mentioned before, Sony is currently gearing up to launch the PS5 and it’s going to need some good exclusives. A sequel to Bloodborne would likely be what fans wish to see most from Sony’s lineup for the console. That, and a new God of War of course. This doesn’t mean Sony will definitely release the game on the PS5. But it wouldn’t be too surprised if it did.
Bloodborne 2 Potential Release Date
The earliest we can expect to hear about the game is probably some time after the PS5 launches. Bloodborne came two years after the release of the PS4 so we might see a similar scenario here. The PS5 is likely to launch next year so that would put Bloodborne 2’s release date sometime during 2022. Obviously, this is a very optimistic scenario but not entirely unlikely.
Word on the street is that From Software is planning to announce a new game this year at E3. It seems probable that the game will be one of the two unannounced titles mentioned earlier. Unfortunately, it’s probably not going to be Bloodborne 2. Sony confirmed that it will not be attending the expo this year, for the first time in ages. Given that Sony owns the IP, any relevant announcement would have to be made by them. So, no E3 grand reveal I’m afraid.