BLOODBORNE: THE OLD HUNTERS Announced at Tokyo Game Show

Of all the things the video gaming community thinks it needs right now — following the Metal Gear Solid V release, an upcoming Fallout game that’s sure to put an end to any and all free time, and a plethora of back-catalogue-filling smaller releases — an endearing add-on to one of the year’s highest rated games has not been on the list, until now.

The team at FromSoftware is not ready to let Bloodborne fade from the limelight, announcing this week at TGS that the game will be receiving new content, titled The Old Hunters, on November 24, 2015. The announcement was made with a full trailer featuring shots of some pretty exciting additions, as well as some super creepy bosses. Watching and rewatching the trailers, the action is fast and at times hard to pin down, but diligent skimming of the video has unearthed some material that makes fans stop and say — f***ing sweet.

Some say that Bloodborne fell short in the field of weapon diversity. As a fan, having invested well over 80 hours, I can speak to the defense of the weapon diversity, it’s fine. Most players pick a core 3 weapons, level them up, and are happy slashing, pounding, or stabbing frantically for the remainder of the game.

Fall on the other side of that argument? Watch closely from about 0:44 – 1:05, there appear to be a minimum of 5 new weapons, all gruesome in nature. Around 0:45 we have something that resembles the Kirkhammer minus the giant tombstone sledgehammer, instead replaced by what looks like a giant circular saw blade engulfed in flame. Later, roughly 1:02, something fans have mentioned wanting numerous times, the bow and arrow.

Fans of the series will understand that a boss in Bloodborne, essentially means a new area to explore. You can’t have the boss without the daunting task of navigating to them. Skimming the video, as well as resorting to a favorite guide page, reveals 3 new bosses. Without any speculation as to the specifics of these bosses, it is simply exciting to have more to do in a game that has offered so much already.

Bloodborne players have been disappointed previously due to the odd nature of Beast Mode, a feature that, given proper stats and equipment, will allow the player to temporarily change into, what else, a beast; wreaking havoc unto enemies for a brief period of time. At about 1:06 in the TGS trailer, there appears to be a glimpse of a new and improved Beast Mode which could drastically change that aspect of the game. This is, of course, speculation but the few seconds appear to show the player in fully transformed state, tackling an enemy and ripping him to shreds…. brutal and satisfying. We can only hope that is what the video was intended to portray.

FromSoftware also wants to give those who have not previously played Bloodborne, a chance to jump into the action. With The Old Hunters DLC scheduled for release on November 24, they have also announced the Bloodborne: The Old Hunters Edition, which includes the full game plus the new additional content. As of this time, the package does not have a listed price tag.

Fans of Bloodborne looking to buy the DLC content can look forward to release on November 24 with a $20 price tag. That’s only a few bucks a weapon, if you think about it.


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Author:Tommy Robbins

Lover of video games. Writer of blogs. Eater of pizzas. Writing about nerd junk at AnotherCastle and chasing the carrot down the rabbit hole of Video Games Journalism. It's dark in here.

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3 Comments on “BLOODBORNE: THE OLD HUNTERS Announced at Tokyo Game Show”

  1. Tommy Robbins
    09/21/2015 at 2:04 PM #

    Reblogged this on GamerFuqs.

  2. 09/21/2015 at 3:45 PM #

    Still haven’t got around to playing the main game yet. So far behind on my list of must plays.

  3. Tommy Robbins
    09/21/2015 at 4:39 PM #

    Karl, I stand by Bloodborne so firmly as easily one of the top 3 of the year. Glad to hear you have it as a “must play”, because it definitely should be.

    It’s dark and will definitely will make you want to throw a controller at times, but that’s when you call in a buddy for multiplayer. Some may disagree, but that’s when that game gets really good.

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