Bloodborne on PS5/PC Will Happen, But What About Bloodborne 2?

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For many Bloodborne fans out there, the hunt has never stopped. The blood calls to them, chaining them forever to their PS4s and the poor performance of the game on that console. The good news is that Bloodborne on PC and PS5 is all but guaranteed, and what's more is that there is very likely a spiritual successor to Bloodborne currently being worked on. In this article, we'll tell you everything you need to know.

For years, Bloodborne has been rumored to be coming to PC, to be remastered, and much more. But these are more than just rumors. Sony isn't run by idiots, and based on the information we have access to as well as the histories of the companies involved, we can see the writing on the walls.

First off, Sony knows how valuable Bloodborne is as an IP. Demon's Souls is another beloved FromSoftware IP that's much less popular than Bloodborne that Sony had completely remade. And Sony knows FromSoftware games are extremely popular, which is why during both the PS3 and PS4 generations Sony had FromSoftware develop a huge PlayStation exclusive.

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What's more is that Bloodborne only came out in 2015. And DLC for the game came out some time after the game's original release, too. If Sony wanted to sell an upgraded version of the game, the best practice would be to wait a few years, especially with the PS5 on the horizon for Sony. So, in 2022, why haven't we heard anything official about Bloodborne?

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Well, the answer is multifaceted. First, the PS5 came out in 2020, and Sony couldn't launch an upgraded PS4 game with a new console, so Sony opted to release a completely remade Demon's Souls, another beloved FromSoftware classic, with the PS5 instead.

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The next year, however, FromSoftware's next project, Elden Ring, was slated to release, so once again it didn't make sense to talk about or release anything Bloodborne-related, even if Elden Ring did get delayed into 2022. Fans of FromSoftware games will, naturally, be interested in FromSoftware games, but you only risk lower sales by releasing similar products close together.

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In all likelihood, Bloodborne will get announced for PS5 and PC and released in 2023, but not just because of the years of leaks and rumors and because there's not another FromSoftware game being released that year. In fact, it's because there's likely to be a new FromSoftware game out in 2024/2025.

FromSoftware has been rumored to be working on a PlayStation exclusive as their next project, which would make a lot of sense. Sony's partnered with them to release Demon's Souls exclusively for PS3 and Bloodborne exclusively for PS4, so a new PlayStation exclusive FromSoftware game is likely to come to PS5.

Will this be Bloodborne 2? Maybe, but probably not. What's more likely is that this game will take the fast-paced, aggressive nature of Bloodborne and Sekiro and push that formula in a new direction with a game that's a spiritual successor to both and a sequel to neither.

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If FromSoftware is working on a PlayStation exclusive, releasing an upgraded version of Bloodborne on PS5 and PC would be a great way to build hype and excitement around an all-new FromSoftware IP. With their first taste of Bloodborne, PC gamers may even be tempted to pick up a PlayStation to try out the next Bloodborne-style experience.

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Plus, Bloodborne is the perfect game for Sony to bring to PC: It needs to be old enough that everyone who wanted to play the game has had the chance to play it such that if brought to a new platform Sony wouldn't lose out on PlayStation customers but relevant enough that its release will advertise new games coming exclusively to PlayStation.

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Sony is also perfectly set up for this project behind-the-scenes. Sony now owns Bluepoint, the studio that remade Demon's Souls. And while Bluepoint has announced that they're working on their first original game, it's been rumored they're also working on a remake of some sort.

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Bloodborne is a much newer game than Demon's Souls was, so it would require much less work to upgrade, being more of a remaster than a full-on remake, so this kind of sure-to-be-successful project that also wouldn't require massive amounts of manpower is the perfect side-project for the studio.

It's in Sony's best interest to do something with the Bloodborne IP, and there isn't any evidence to suggest that Sony can't or won't do something. COVID has likely made figuring out exactly when the best time to launch something Bloodborne-related actually is complicated, but don't confuse the public not getting a formal announcement with there being nothing in the works at Sony.