The Dark Souls 3 trailer is stuffed with several shots from the game, but there’s still so little context and information to go on. It’s hard to tell who is who and what is what. But there’s a couple things that caught our attention that might suggest some pretty big changes for the upcoming game.
1. You can make your own bonfires?
Back when Dark Souls 3 was first revealed at E3 2015, there was some rumors from early previews that, through some kind of “sacrifice” mechanics, you could create your own bonfire–or checkpoint, for new Souls players. This seemed pretty huge at the time, but there was no way to confirm it.
In the trailer released today, it looks like the player character jams a red hot sword into the chest of an enemy and lights him on fire, effectively turning him into a bonfire. We already know that bonfires in the Dark Souls universe are kept lit with the remains of undead, so using a dead enemy could make some sense. I’m still not sure how that would classify as a “sacrifice” but maybe more is going on here to the player character than we can see.
It’s also interesting for the lore, because usually bonfires are tended to by firekeepers. We already saw fewer firekeepers represented in the second game, the most notable being The Emerald Herald and the three ladies in the beginning. Will that continue in the third game? This has to mean something, but what, I don’t know yet.
2. We might have seen this enemy before
This boss or enemy looks very similar to the Ironclad Soldiers from Dark Souls 2.
This is notable because we know that Dark Souls 3 will be about the Lord of Cinder, aka Gwyn, aka the last boss of the first game. His soul moved onto the Old Iron King in the second game, who is responsible for creating these monstrous soldiers. You can see where their armor was created in the DLC too.
This enemy in the third game has a similar looking mace and armor and we can’t see inside the armor, which are all similar traits to the Ironclad Soldiers. Now, is he the same enemy? Doesn’t seem like it, but it does seem like he could be related.
Also, the Ironclad Soldiers first showed up in the Forest of the Fallen Giants. It’s kind of unlikely that they left Drangleic, so that might add evidence to this grand castle actually being in the same location.