New Dark Souls II Trailer Wants You to Learn From Death

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

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Bandai Namco’s Youtube channel unveiled a new Dark Souls II trailer yesterday, and it is surprisingly encouraging! A montage of clips from the first Dark Souls mixes with new footage from the upcoming sequel while a gruffly-voiced narrator delivers the most motivational speech to grace the infamously brutal Souls series. “This isn’t about death,” he asserts, “this is about what you learn from death.” So while players can still expect to die over and over, at least there can be solace knowing the whole affair builds character.

In addition to this sentimental message the trailer also offers some short glimpses of new areas in Dark Souls II, each one more picturesque than the last. A cute little hut in a shadowy overgrown forest, a comfy coffin in an underground crypt, a subterranean field with only a few beams of light to guide the way, and a lonely castle surrounded by hundreds of menacing dragons.  Truly the kingdom of Drangleic is this spring’s hot destination to get away and unwind from the stress of everyday.

Dark Souls II is set for a March 11th release in North America, a March 13th release in Japan, and finally a March 14th release in PAL markets.

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  • Tyrannikos

    I honestly thought this was a very poor Souls trailer. They branched out in a different direction for this one, and hey, it just isn’t for me. It’ll speak to a different crowd.

    I don’t believe it fits with the Souls feel, though. The narrator sounds like he’s giving off one-liners for an Army ad campaign. The feel-good encouragement doesn’t sit well with me. The choice of having footage from the first game and its ads is, I think, disingenuous. This ad is almost as bad as that recent one with an out of place Pixies song.

    I do give them credit for DUEL WIELDING GIANT AXES THOUGH HELL YEAH.

    • Keno the Rat

      I agree, in fact, I don’t think these trailers for certain games should have narration at all. However, generally speaking, this trailer is probably better for engaging a broader audience…the ones that don’t “get” Dark Souls II yet. I’m all for that and I hope the developer/publisher does well on this game so we can see an even better sequel on next-gen. Besides, it doesn’t take away from our own experience with the game…as long as they stay true to Demon Souls and Dark Souls.

  • Thanatos2k

    The entire series is about learning from your deaths.