The intro cinematic for the long awaited Dark Souls 3 released last week, and it does not disappoint. During the network test it became apparent that Dark Souls 3 was drawing more inspiration from the original Dark Souls. It seems that trend has continued into the opening cutscene of the game.
The cutscene reveals several bosses from the game and provides a bit of lore into the new setting of the game, Lothric. It mirrors the opening of the original Dark Souls and features the same narrator Pik Sen Lim. The similarities don’t stop there.
Two of the three bosses shown in the trailer are inspired by previous installments of the franchise. Farron’s Undead Legion are called the “Abyss Watchers.” No doubt a nod to Dark Souls fan favorite Artorias the “Abysswalker.” The Watchers are also wielding replicas of Artorias’s greatsword.
The last boss depicted is Yhorm the giant. He wears a crown similar to that of the faceless Giant Lord of Dark Souls 2. Giants typically wield axes, but the Giant Lord wields a greatsword. Yhorm wields a blade that looks like a large cleaver.
The trailer also shows us the image of a mountain top with what appears to be ruins of some sort. Fans of the Souls series will immediately recognize it as another Firelink Shrine, the sort of hub area of Dark Souls. This area is tended by the Bonfire Keeper. A woman who wears a crown that covers her eyes, similar to the Maiden in Black from Demon Souls who has solidified candle wax over her eyes.
The final similarity is that each revealed boss is said to be a “Lord of Cinder.” According to the lore of the Dark Souls franchise, a Lord of Cinder is someone who sacrifices their soul to link the flame. Gwyn, the final boss of Dark Souls is a known as the Lord of Cinder. However in Dark Souls 3 every boss in the trailer is referred to as a Lord of Cinder. Your character appears to have revived along with these Lords of Cinder. Perhaps you yourself are one as well.
Everything about Dark Souls 3 so far has been a love letter to the Souls community. Game director Hidetaka Miyazaki has listened to fan feedback and is committed to making a fitting sequel the masterpiece that is Dark Souls. The network test during September was a massive success. The playable demo showcased several different weapons, a reworked magic system, and the new weapon-specific special attacks called “Battle Arts.”
Dark Souls 3 releases April 12th, 2016 and is available for preorder now. Not that you should preorder games, because why on earth would you pay for a game that you can’t play immediately. However the Deluxe edition comes with a really awesome figure of the new Red Knight enemy and the Prestige edition comes with a Yhorm figure as well.