Dark Souls 2 set in new time period, runs on updated engine

Wednesday, 19th December 2012 09:37 GMT By Dave Cook

Dark Souls 2 has been featured in this week’s edition of Famitsu, along with an interview with From Software’s Hidetaka Miyazaki, which reveals new information about the game’s setting, enhanced engine, player interaction and DLC strategy. We’ve picked out the best bits after the break.

Gematsu reports – via translators Game Nyarth – that the Dark Souls 2 reveal trailer shown at the VGAs was not in-engine, as confirmed in Miyazaki’s interview.

While Miyazaki is no longer directing the Dark Souls series, he is overlooking the game’s co-directors, and stressed that he would be leaving them largely to their own devices, and added that Dark Souls 2 will be set in the same world as the first game, but in a different time period. It will not necessarily be tied to the events of the first game.

On the DLC front, Miyazaki confirmed that paid weapon and item content would be unlikely, and that the game’s keyword is “time” – although he offered no elaboration on the context. Dark Souls 2 will also run on a new engine that will help From Software achieve the ‘near-realistic’ representation and character animation it’s aiming for, and finally, the studio is looking into new ways for players to interact directly in-game.

Phew. Want more Dark Souls 2? Check out our opinion blog on why making the game more understandable might not be a bad thing:

Dark Souls 2: the inviting unknown.

Thanks Siliconera.



  1. Dragon246

    Is it upgraded or a new engine?
    Siliconera says this
    “game engine has been updated to look more realistic.”

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @2 Hmm, a conflict. I’ll investigate.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ps3fanboy

    we can just pray it will no be released for the ps3 now and will be released for the ps4 instead… because if they have a new engine we all know what that means… more frame droppings, screen tearing, texture popping, graphical vaseline/bluryness effects etc.. in other words the ps3 cant run the game properly because it lack the cpu power and ram.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. OnionPowder

    @3 Edge commented saying that it ran at a higher framerate than the original so it may be a new engine that is better optimized. Either way PC version should be nice :D

    #4 2 years ago
  5. YoungZer0

    @4: I so want to believe this. Dark Souls was the pinnacle of poor optimization.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Clupula

    It takes place in the future and in the future, there will be robots.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Belmont

    Sorry dudes,off the topic
    With this information out of Famitsu,Isn’t there anything on the Metal Gear surprise in Famitsu that was promised?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Clupula

    Either the spambots are getting better at this or someone doesn’t know how to use the “search” function.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. sh4dow

    “near-realistic”? But they confirmed it for PS3/360? Huh?

    #9 2 years ago

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