Gluttons for gaming punishment will probably be overjoyed to hear that a sequel to the critically acclaimed and rather popular hardcore survival horror RPG, Dark Souls, is in the works. However, fans of the series, which debuted with Demon's Souls on the PS3, may be a little unnerved to hear that plans are afoot to make Dark Souls 2 'more approachable' that its predecessors.
According to an article published in gaming magazine Edge, Dark Souls 2 will be the first iteration in the franchise not helmed by series creator Hidetaka Miyazaki. Instead, the project will be overseen by Tomohiro Shibuya and Yui Tanimura, with Miyazaki working in a supervisory capacity.
Edge writes that Shibuya and Tanimura plan to "mould Dark Souls 2 into a more approachable form".
“I personally am the sort of person who likes to be more direct than subtle,” Edge quotes Shibuya saying. “[Dark Souls II] will be more straightforward and more understandable.”
What Shibuya means at this stage is pure conjecture, although it's likely that if Dark Souls 2 steps away from the rock-hard challenging roots of the series it will cause quite a bit of consternation among fans. Publisher Namco has said, however, that Dark Souls 2 will contain "the kind of unrelenting challenges that have become a hallmark of the series".
While no release date for the game has been announced as yet, it has been confirmed that Dark Souls 2 is being developed for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 platforms.