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Dark Souls II's New Engine Lets Team Embrace Subtle Elements

Some say subtlety in entertainment is a lost art. But Dark Souls II co-director Yui Tanimura fully understands and appreciates subtlety.

That's why he's excited about the new engine his team is utilizing for the anticipated sequel. In speaking to Polygon, Tanimura said the engine will let the developer implement small, yet important, upgrades:

"The idea of gimmicks in the game is now doable with this new engine. Things like representing an enemy that is perhaps off-screen but with movement of shadows, or that kind of expression in the game. It's something that [I] always wanted to do but wasn't able to do with the previous engine.

There's a lot of ideas like that. We don't want to give everything away, but those kinds of things are small things that we wanted to express, and with this engine we think we can do that."

We've often said that the more impressive games take advantage of subtlety in some form. It adds to the immersion by enhancing ambient sensations. Developers like Naughty Dog and Rockstar do this extremely well, and it'll be interesting to see how the new Dark Souls II engine makes the game feel more dynamic. Those who are willing to embrace the fresh challenge can pick up the sequel on March 11 in North America.

Related Game(s): Dark Souls II

Tags: dark souls ii, dark souls 2, dark souls sequel, dark souls ii engine

9/23/2013 9:14:08 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (5 posts)

xenris
Monday, September 23, 2013 @ 11:34:39 PM
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I'm actually getting pretty excited for this game. I heard that they are making things more accessible by explaining how things work. Example they explain the stats better, and what they affect, and where to go in the story.

But I have heard people who played the demo say it is harder than Dark souls 1 for several reason, and this has me interested again.

It's always scary hearing the words "reach a wider audience" or "Draw in new players" because we know what the masses like and are attracted to.

Anyway the engine looks good game looks good too :)

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___________
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 @ 5:11:23 AM
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its always the little things that impress the most.
like in GTAV every time you hit someone with your car theres blood on the floor at the impact site, and also on your car.
funny enough though when you leap off a building and lose 99% of your health theres no blood.......

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MRSUCCESS
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 @ 8:32:37 AM
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I understand exactly where he's coming from. It's similar to the Chameleon magic that you can cast on yourself and turn into a statue or small tree etc. It's fun and can be useful at times. I'm definitely excited to play this game.

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berserk
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 @ 10:25:05 AM
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I m more excited about that game then the ps4 . That says a lot .

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MRSUCCESS
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 @ 10:27:49 AM

Me too lol

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