Bandai Namco Dropped Dark Souls 3 Colorful Metroidvania Idea
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Bandai Namco Dropped Dark Souls 3 Colorful Metroidvania Idea – This is what it could have looked like

Artist Thomas Feichtner, who worked on Blasphemous Metroidvania and the turn-based strategy Songs of Conquest, said about the unrealized game based on the role-playing action film Dark Souls 3 by studio FromSoftware.

    Image Credit: Bandai Namco Entertainment

Image Credit: Bandai Namco

According to Feuchtner, he helped pitch the idea of ​​a two-dimensional Metroidvania to Bandai Namco (the rights holder of the Dark Souls franchise) about six years ago (that’s in 2016). Dark Souls 3.

The revelation was made possible by the end of a negotiated non-disclosure agreement. At the same time, Feuchtner posted an image intended to reflect the visual style intended for the game.

    Image source: Thomas Feichtner

Image source: Thomas Feichtner

The screenshot shows an image of the player’s fight against the Dancer of the Cold Valley – one of the most famous bosses in Dark Souls 3. Recognizable UI elements and an ominously long enemy health bar are present.

Feuchtner addedthat the chosen visual style would have helped the unrealized game to meet Metroidvania’s average budget at the time. FromSoftware itself in the project is most likely would not attend.

    Pixelated Dark Souls in isometric format - performed by Feuchtner and his colleagues (Image source: DeviantArt)

Pixelated Dark Souls in isometric format – performed by Feuchtner and his colleagues (Image source: DeviantArt)

The picture created by Feuchtner was part of the project presentation. Bandai Namco ultimately did not approve the development. The artist was only busy with the published illustration, so the reasons for the refusal I do not know.

The Dark Souls series was put on hold after the release of the third installment, but just prior to release, Bandai Namco released a simple action-platformer Slashy Souls for mobile that was clearly inspired by Dark Souls.

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