August 5 2019

Bloodborne 2: Release Date, Trailer, Rumors, and News 

⚠️Important⚠️ On March 4, 2020, a PS5 leaker confirmed that Bloodborne 2 is not even in development. No more news about Bloodborne 2 will be available until Elden Ring is released. We will update this article once additional Bloodborne 2 news and details are available. Until then, you can take a look below at some unofficial trailers, rumors, and miscellaneous news. Don’t lose hope just yet!

It’s 2020, which means it’s been nearly half a decade since FromSoftware graced us with Bloodborne. Much to the dismay of Xbox, Nintendo, and PC gamers, it was one of the best PlayStation 4 exclusives. We can say the bitterness was short-lived because the very next year, we all got Dark Souls III.

But what makes Bloodborne stand out from Dark Souls is its almost entirely new mythos, setting and aesthetic. It trades in swords, castles, and knights, for a more Lovecraftian experience. However, it wasn’t just the aesthetic and lore that was changed.

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It also introduced a faster pace in combat that made the fights feel more fluid. It forced the player to switch tactics, make quick strategies and think on his/her feet. Players who were used to the slow calculated fights from previous soul games found themselves thrown off, almost from the beginning.

We had to adapt, which added to the game’s difficulty. For those who stick with it, Bloodborne is a rewarding experience. One that may haunt you for years to come. There aren’t a lot of games that feel as sanctifying or validating as Bloodborne. And that’s why players are so keen on diving back into the Gothic nightmare of Yharnam.

Bloodborne 2: News, Rumours, Possible Release Date

If you’ve unlocked all three endings, and have played through the DLC (The Old Hunters), you’re more than ready for the next installment of Bloodborne. We appreciate what FromSoftware has done since then but let those of us who own a PlayStation 4 be honest with ourselves. Sekiro was great but we want Bloodborne 2.

Bloodborne 2 Trailer

Sadly, we haven’t gotten an official Bloodborne 2 trailer yet. However, there have been quite a few fanmade trailers and ‘teaser’ announcements from FromSoftware that the fans believed to be true. More about them later, let’s look at what we actually know.

It would be best if Bloodborne 2 came to us in this generation or if it’s released in the next generation of consoles, we hope there’s a version for the PS4. But the question is – is FromSoftware even thinking about releasing a Bloodborne 2?

There’s a long timeline of hints, rumors and Easter eggs that can be interpreted as allusions to Bloodborne 2. In this guide, we’ll cover those and any news we’ve uncovered or discovered.

Hidetaka Miyazaki’s Announcement – June 2016 & Dec 2018

In June 2016, FromSoftware’s president, Hidetaka Miyazaki’s, announced the developer’s 3.5 line. In December of 2018, Miyazaki sat down the 4Gamer.Net to expound on and explain what the line included.

The line included 4 games. Déraciné, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and two unannounced titles. The last part of that list had many Bloodborne fans’ hearts skipping a beat.

bloodborne 2 fan art teaser

Could one of those two unannounced titles be Bloodborne 2?

He gave no clear details to what these games would be. He was quoted as saying: “While it isn’t the time to discuss details, they’re both FromSoftware-esque games, we’ll need a little more time, but we’ll be able to tell everyone more about them once they take shape.”

However, this is a bit disconcerting. If he knew that one of them would be Bloodborne 2, then he could have dropped a larger hint. He could have said that one of the games is a sequel unless he was trying to be purposefully cryptic.

Déraciné Easter Eggs and Hints – November 2018

Déraciné is a virtual reality adventure game developed by FromSoftware for the PlayStation 4’s VR accessory. It was previously announced at E3 in June 2018, in a post-conference reveal. It was released later that year on November, the 6th. Within a day, players had discovered a few secrets and Easter eggs.

Some of these Easter eggs seem to have alluded to another installment of Bloodborne. But could this have been a case of pareidolia?

Déraciné is a slight departure from Hidetaka Miyazaki’s other games. This time players took on the role of a fairy who wakes up in an orphanage. Players follow her journey to uncover and solve a mystery within the orphanage.

Even in such a tight world,  Hidetaka Miyazaki’s knack for world-building is apparent and remains unblemished. You encounter an otherworldly story and amazing characters to go along with it.

In the game, a doll can be found that makes a “Make Contact” gesture which is the same one used by The Doll, an important character from Bloodborne. Furthermore, upon closer scrutiny and inspection, description on the reads: “A doll of the stone girl Fiona who appears in the unfinished tale. When a person has a bad dream, Fiona appears and helps them flee.”

The reference to the ‘unfinished tale’ was what got gamers buzzing the most. Not to mention the portion about ‘bad dreams’. Could this mean that Bloodborne’s story would continue? Was FromSoftware hinting at the sequel or were these just false hopes. Unfortunately, it seems like the latter.

Unfortunately, the Easter egg’s significance blown way out of proportion. According to Miyazaki himself in a January 2020 interview: “With Déraciné that was released recently for VR, we had an ode to Bloodborne in there. When we were given that idea like, ‘Why don’t you just put a little nod in there? It’d be great.’ And we tried it, and it blew up. So, we just want to tread a little bit more carefully around that front.”

He continued to say: “You know, it wasn’t so much that they read too much into it, it was just supposed to be a little homage, but people kind of expected Bloodborne 2 and it kind of got a little bit crazy, So, we feel like we caused a great inconvenience to Sony, and that was really not our intention”

What you got was a lot of Bloodborne fans with deflated hearts. That’s what you get when you make assumptions and have high expectations. But we still hold on to the hope regardless in the hopes that Miyazaki and Sony are playing a trick on the fans before they finally reward us.

Sekiro False Bloodborne – 2017 to 2020

During the 2017 Game Awards, FromSoftware released a teaser trailer with no further information. This had Soulsborne fans excited. Could it be? Would this usher in the reveal for the next Bloodborne? Unfortunately not.

Later on that year FromSoftware announced that the teaser belonged to a new IP that they were working on. The IP would be similar to the Soulsborne games but in a different setting.

We had to wait nearly a year (since the teaser) for a full trailer of the game during the 2018 E3 conference. And boy, did FromSoftware deliver. We were disappointed that it wasn’t Bloodborne 2 but still who wouldn’t be excited for a Dark Souls-like game set up in feudal Japan?

It’s also a multiplatform game so this time, PS4 owners are not the only ones crying tears of frustration. Because of FromSoftware’s past successes, Sekiro found itself with more attention than previous Borne/Souls titles.

This meant that players who weren’t familiar with how difficult a FromSoftware title could be were in for a huge surprise. And boy, was the blowback huge. There were gamers and journalists alike begging for an easy mode while hiding their ineptitude behind the argument that the game needed an easy-mode for players with disabilities.

This all happened while Limitless Quad (a quadriplegic gamer and YouTuber) put us all to shame by pwning Sekiro like no other gamer before.

Sekiro’s success (as well as its controversy) shifted gamers’ attention. There now seems to be more players wondering about a sequel to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice than there are wondering about Bloodborne 2. After all, you can only grieve and crave for so long until acceptance sets in.

But hold on, we previously mentioned that FromSoftware announced four titles for their line. Sekiro was one of them and Déraciné was the other. Up until its release, we didn’t know what the other titles were or could be.

Elden Ring Announcement June 2019

During an E3 conference in June 2019, FromSoftware announced a new IP which would be a collaboration between George RR Martin from Game of Thrones fame, and Hidetaka Miyazaki. George would do the world building and lore and Miyazaki would direct.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Elden Ring. There have been rumors flying around since 2017 when development first started. Whether Elden Ring will is developed for Bandi Namco. It’s uncertain if it’s one of the untitled projects in FromSoftware’s 3.5 line.

But to assume otherwise would be foolish. While a new IP for current-gen systems is always good news, it’s a bit disheartening for Ice and Fire fans, as well as Bloodborne fans. New projects steal attention away from old projects that fans have been waiting for.

If you’re doing the math, what Elden Rings announcement may signify is that there’s only one project left for FromSoftware to announce. We just hope it’s Bloodborne 2.

As for now, a concrete release date has not been announced for Elden Ring but we can expect it as early as March 2020. It will be available for the PS4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows PC.

Bloodborne 2 Release Date and Predictions

There has been no official announcement by either Sony or FromSoftware. As a matter of fact, both have worked very hard to convince fans that it may not be coming out any time soon. It doesn’t even look like they’re working on it.

But there’s a list of reasons why fans can still get their hopes up. For now, from what I can tell by looking at FromSoftware and their release patterns, I predict that fans can expect Bloodborne 2 in the (Northern Hemisphere) summer of 2021.

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I predict that it will be a PS5 exclusive. We may get lucky and get it on current-gen systems as well but I doubt that.

Remember, these are my predictions and they’re closer to wild guesses than they are to calculated estimations. I’m no Nostradamus (more like Nostra-dumbass).

Bloodborne and its subsequent expansions may be the only taste we’ll get of the hunter’s nightmare. But there are reasons why should stay optimistic. I’ll go over a few…

Why FromSoftware Should Release Bloodborne 2

The most intriguing aspect about Bloodborne is that it’s a PS4 IP. The Playstation’s appeal is largely due to its pool of exclusive content. It’s one of the reasons why it’s the bestselling current-gen console and the sixth bestselling of all time.

What going into an exclusive partnership with Sony meant for FromSoftware is that they’d miss out on other markets, which would potentially yield them lower game sales. But this wasn’t the case because Bloodborne was a resounding success.

So here are a few points as to why FromSoftware should continue their partnership with Sony and develop another Bloodborne game.

Sales: A Metric for Any Game’s Success

In its first week of release in Japan, Bloodborne sold over 152 thousand physical copies which gave it the top spot in the software sales charts for Japan. It also debuted at second place in the UK software retail charts.

It also took second place in North America. By the end of April, a month after its release, it had sold over 1 million copies. These number doubled by the end of September 2015. Bloodborne’s success and popularity even surprised Sony. They never expected it to be as overwhelming as it was.

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The gaming industry is a business and a business’s purpose is to generate profit. The game has been profitable for FromSoftware and Sony. We can even go as far as musing that the game has inspired more console purchases. So in terms of money, developing another Bloodborne game seems to be a worthwhile endeavor.

Accolades: Who Doesn’t Like a Winner?

Bloodborne’s critical success and acclaim are well documented. Many reputable gamer review sites have given it the coveted gamer of the year title in 2015. Sites like Eurogamer and Edge have dubbed it the best game of 2015. IGN awarded it the “2015 PlayStation 4 Game of the Year” title.

It was nominated over twenty times in a wide array of categories that include the best original game, best audio, best visual design, best storytelling and best gaming moment. I mean, if you have no idea how impressive BloodBorne 2 looked on a high-quality 240 Hz monitor, you don’t know what you’re missing out on.

In total, it’s taken home over nine awards. Of course, this meant that we would get a game of the year version with all the DLCs and fixings – and we did. Which meant more sales for Sony and From Software.

bloodborne dark castle

You can bet that gamers will be lining to see if Bloodborne 2 is as good as the first and if it will win as many awards.

A Thriving Online Community: The Demand is there

If you look at all the memes, fan fiction, subreddits, Facebook groups, tweets, forums, YouTube videos and even you the reader; it’s pretty obvious that Bloodborne has a large following. What this also means is that a sequel is in hot demand. All the requests and fanfare should be inspiring to both Sony and FromSoftware.

Yes, game development is an art, especially in Japan and an artist often doesn’t paint what the people want. S/he paints what s/he wants to express and show the world. This is probably true for Miyazaki and his team at FromSoftware.

It’s a Sony Exclusive

I hate to reiterate this point over and over again, but Bloodborne is a Sony exclusive. Which means less work and more quality assurance. This means that a smaller team can focus on it and From Software doesn’t have to worry about porting it to other platforms. This also means that they only have to patch one version of the game if bugs are found after the release.

If these aren’t good enough reasons to produce another Bloodborne, then I don’t know what is. Either way, these reasons should be comforting to you, the hunter, who waits for his next hit of pale blood like a crack-head on a winter’s night.

Still, we can’t help but hope to see Bloodborne or Bloodborne 2 on Xbox One or PS4 sometime soon.

Final Words

There you have it. This is all the info we have for now. I know a lot of it is made up of conjecture, but it’s all we have for now. I hope it gives you hope and makes you feel less in the dark. As we uncover more facts, you can expect that this guide will receive some updates. So make sure you revisit it in the future. I have a strong feeling that we might be looking at one of the first games designed for PlayStation 5.

For now, you can check out FromSoftware’s product page where they list their games in chronological order. Hopefully, by at least early 2021, Bloodborne 2 will be on top of the pile. In the meantime, you can check some other outstanding RPG games to pass time while waiting for the Bloodborne sequel.


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