Bloodborne: TV commercial debuts, customisation features detailed

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Discover how the Hunter’s Dream hub area works

Hello, PlayStation fans! We’re just a few days away from the launch of Bloodborne and the team at Japan Studio and From Software couldn’t be more excited about the fans finally getting to experience this game for yourselves.

To tide you over these last few days, I’m here to share some brand new information about some of the game’s customisation and leveling, as well as the 90-second extended cut of our TV commercial.

If you caught our preview of the first 18 minutes of the game during the IGN First coverage in February, you know that the main hub that players will use as their home base is the Hunter’s Dream. Find lanterns spread throughout Yharnam to return to the Hunter’s Dream at any time.

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In the Hunter’s Dream, you’ll be able to purchase items, level up your character by speaking to the Doll, repair and upgrade your weapons (more on that below), and get useful advice from Gehrman, the old man in the wheelchair.

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The main currency in Bloodborne is called Blood Echoes, which you can earn by hunting beasts and more. Use Blood Echoes to purchase items from the shop in the Hunter’s Dream, or even repair and strengthen your weapons. In your adventures, you’ll soon come across special items called Blood Gems, which can be attached to weapons in order to increase their attack power and even add special characteristics to your weapons.

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In the Hunter’s Dream, you can also interact with the Memory Altar in order to memorise special Caryll Runes to upgrade your character. Some runes may allow you to carry more items in your inventory, or boost the amount of Blood Echoes you receive from each beast you hunt down, allowing you to customise your hunter however you see fit.

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I don’t want to give away any more information so as to not spoil any major surprises or spoilers for you. But I do have one cool piece of news for those of you who have an official PlayStation headset. You will be able to upload a custom Bloodborne audio mode, tuned specifically to bring the unique world of Yharnam to life, to your headset through the PlayStation 4 headset app.

The hunt begins next week. See you soon.

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  • Really looking forward to this. Less than a week now :)

  • I cant freaking wait. So hyped for it. And have zero doubts that its going to be absolutely amazing like the Souls games.
    Counting down the days to release! Also, that trailer is awesome! Reminds me of the one from Dark Souls 1.

  • Is it next Friday yet? Why is it not next Friday yet?

    • Why do even have to wait until Friday and listen to the rest of the world gush and spoil the game for 3 days?
      No excuse for not having a worldwide release in 2015.

  • Artist and song bane though?

  • MY BODY IS READYYYYY, BRING IT!!!

  • I can’t wait !!! Only thing that disappoints me though *MINOR SPOILER* is that the people who have played the game (a lot) claim there aren’t many weapons in the game. I understand it’s harder to make lots of unique weapons that transform in other weapons etc. But still .. one claim was that they only found about 6 weapons after 40 hours… And a popular youtube dark souls player said (and showed) the only 9 weapons we know that are in game (forgot if those were actually the only weapons in game) .. but he also said the weapons were far more diverse in how you use them and because of the upgrade system etc you’d probably pick one that suits your style and use it for the rest of the game.

    Anyway .. would have liked a little more variety in weapon choices.

    Anyway .. I have no doubt it will be an amazing game, I can go wrong with Sony Japan + FROM SOFTWARE.

    • There’s actually going to be more than 40. The article that said only 12 was click bait. A reviewer actually played throughout the game and found 40 and there’s still a lot more.

  • I’m sick of reading things like ‘just a few days away’ etc, even the NA release is more than a few days away never mind us poor UK folk who are still over a week away :(

  • I’ve never played a souls game so I’m worried I’ll get this, get frustrated and give up. However, I found hotline miami very difficult but even when I failed I never felt frustrated, and when I finally finished it, it was the greatest feeling. And that’s what I’m hoping to get out of bloodborne.

    • If it’s anything like the Souls games you will find that it’s always fair and never resorts to cheap kills. As long as you pay attention and learn from your mistakes the games aren’t that hard, but they are definitely rewarding and a blast to play.

  • So, how about that preload for EU?

  • Also wondering about pre load.

    Already pre ordered but no indication of when or if can pre load. It’s not going to be a problem for me but 2 friends don’t have super high speed internet and need to decide on digital or physical copy

  • wait is killing me!

  • Being able to preload the game would be nice.

  • (insert meme “take my money” here).

  • Another Sony published game with a significant mark up in Europe. Every time we question a third party game with a joke of an exchange rate we’re told that “publishers set the prices, well SCEE is publishing this and I don’t recognise the conversion rate there.

    In the US the game costs $60, that’s how much Sony say the game is worth, so then why do UK gamers pay $74 for it?

    And before anyone jumps in with the tax argument, know that currently VAT isn’t charged on downloads (but will next financial year so look forward to another price hike) and that even if Sony were voluntarily paying VAT that only makes the price £47, meaning were still paying over the odds.

    The time to have a proper and frank discussion about pricing on the PSN Store is long overdue. This isn’t about wanting a better deal, just a fair one, we as users of the PSN are prepared to have a balanced discussion on this topic, what are SCEE afraid of?

  • Is this game going to be actually playable. I cannot even play the Order 1886 because every five minutes the PS4 starts beeping and auto ejecting the disc,. Yes I know the fix it, but that only works until the next five minutes then it starts this rubbish onto me again. I cannot see Sony fixing this for me. They try to wriggle out of any mass errors that their machines start doing and never take responsibility onto their own shoulders.

    • Have you actually tried contacting Sony or the store you purchased the PS4 from or are you just talking out of your ass?

      The games aren’t the issue if your PS4 is faulty. And a “fix” isn’t a fix if it only works for 5 minutes…

  • Is it a 40 second commercial, like it’s loading screens? Sorry,but this game looks bland, boring & brown and I really can’t understand the hype!

  • So what is the City’s name anyways? Is it Yarnham? Yharnam? Yharnham? You seem to spell different in various posts.

  • Now THIS is why I am happy I bought a PS4!

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