Rumor: SCE Japan Studio and From Software developing Project Beast for PlayStation 4
posted on 05.02.14 at 02:21 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Hidetaka Miyazaki's new project?

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan has been long rumored to be working on a new project with Dark Souls developer From Software. And it might have just leaked.

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Images of something called “Project Beast” were posted on 4chan today. NeoGAF picked up on the post, and user JPS Kai followed up with an additional three images.

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Details from the 4chan post describe a character walking around and fighting enemies. A “giant mindflayer type” enemy is said to appear, as well as a character placing shining magic into a pedestal at the base of a statue. Then, a “huge pyromancy fireball,” “shotguns,” and the text, “This is a nightmare.”

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Demonnite, a Sony employee on NeoGAF known for his teases, teased a Demon’s Souls followup in the past. “It will be a whole different beast,” he said in January.

“TGS will be a beast of a show,” he said in June, implying the game was originally scheduled for a Tokyo Game Show debut.

“If you put it that way, there are 2 beasts then,” he said in response to a fan claiming The Last Guardian would be a “beast.”

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Of course, consider this a rumor until confirmed.

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  • uhawww

    YES. Please be real. Please be real.

    From GAF:

  • Locksus


  • Simba

    In Neogaf they say the leaker took the pics from an industry private steam for E3…

  • Six

    I hope this is something entirely new, and not just Demon’s Souls 2. I liked the original well enough, but with Dark Souls being a thing, the thought of two franchises that are basically the same thing is eh.

    But hey, apparently there are guns, so that’s something.

    • Zackasaur

      It’s really just one franchise. lol

  • Ta23 Ta28

    Whaddya know? /v/ can be good once in a while.

    • DarthBrian

      lol. so true. :p

  • miria

    Prequel dark souls or demon souls?

    • Ghost Doge

      A shotgun was mentioned, so I doubt it’s a prequel to either.

  • DarthBrian

    Looks awesome. I hope it’s real. :)

  • Fango

    wtf those are ps3 level graphics

    • Six

      wtf those are screencaps from a trailer

    • DarthDiggler

      It may come out for PS3 and PS4.

    • Zackasaur

      You can barely see the graphics behind the compression… Wtf is wrong with your eyes?

  • Dark_N11

    I just can’t get enough from dark fantasy games!

    • Lelouch Vi Britannia

      Agreed cause this whole thing of “Realism” in games is starting to annoy me.

  • Crossbones (Prodigy-X)

    E3 can’t come soon enough.


  • DesmaX

    Oh, I’m all for Gunplay in a Souls game if the weapons are unreliable as they were back in the day. That could make it interessing

  • DesmaX

    Anyway, I’m hyped. Even though I still have to beat Dark Souls 1, heh

  • TetsuyaHikari

    Well, whatever it is… I’m sure it will be in the same spirit as Dark Souls, so you can expect it to be quite threatening at times, haha.

  • Stealth

    Looks neat

  • Forty

    I’m generally reluctant to believe a leak from Neogaf. More so for 4chan. The two agreeing doesn’t really cement anything. But god damn, I want to believe it.

    Japan/From and Souls-related or not, and whatever platform, it looks interesting.

    • DarthDiggler

      NeoGAF IMHO is rock solid compared to the rest of the game news sources. Some sites just make shit up. On NeoGAF if you make a claim to be working for a developer the moderators will ask for evidence or they delete your thread and ban your account. No other gaming community on the web has that kind of integrity.

      • Forty

        I’ve heard of their rules regarding leaks before, so I can understand why so many are willing to jump on them, but I’m still reluctant to believe anything that isn’t a definite, official source.

        • DarthDiggler


          When you dealing in the realm of leaks and rumor you don’t get definite answers you get spotty information. On NeoGAF at least you have the assurance that the moderators aren’t there to contribute to click bait by allowing members of their forum to make wild claims with nothing to verify they would have access to that info.

          Which certainly elevates it as a source in my eyes. Just as valid as any of Kotaku or IGN’s leakers. Also NeoGAF the process is more transparent, someone makes a claim, if that thread remains and the original poster isn’t banned you can at least assume that the original poster is in a position to actually comment about what they are saying.

  • shogunknight

    Please be true, dont be false. Please be true, dont be false.

  • badmoogle


  • Sevyne

    Oh god I hope this is real!

  • Ryu Sama

    OMG YES!!! Love the name too! BEAST!!!

  • Mar Mar

    Beast = Demon.

    Demon’s Souls 2.

  • new_tradition

    The dogs(?) made me think of The Order 1886 game at first.

    I guess this title probably would’ve been an E3 reveal. Oh well :P

  • True Gamer

    Yo I just shit myself -_- i got way to excited and…poop. lol but damn is this DEMON SOULS 2?!!!!

  • $102890726

    Hopefully Sony will give more info on this at E3.

  • miyamoto

    its demon’s Souls meets Devil May cry

    • Jay

      Nah, a single bluray couldn’t contain such awesomeness.

  • Vayne

    Actually looks… pretty interesting.

  • MrRobbyM

    After the slight disappointment that was DaS2, SCEJ and probably Miyazaki will save us. I am SO SOS SOSOSOSOSO excited. E3 needs to hurry up.

    • badmoogle

      DS2 was a big disappointment for me when i compare it to the two previous games.Of course it still miles better than most other modern big AAA RPGs.
      Anyway yeah,in Miyazaki and his team (which btw had mostly nothing to do with Dark Souls 2) we trust!!

      • Sevyne

        Pretty much this. DaS2 is a really good game. It’s just kind of bad when compared to DaS1 and DeS.

      • Six

        I’m worried I’ll be agreeing with this.

        I put over 400 hours into Dark Souls. I’m about an hour into DSII and I’m just not feeling it. x_x

        • MrRobbyM

          Don’t worry, it gets better as you go along. Though it definitely is a much weaker game compared to the previous entries. DaS2 makes me want to replay DeS again >_>

          • Six

            I’m already starting to notice, actually. Like badmoogle said, I’m sure it’ll still end up being better than most other games.

        • louis

          well, if youre only an hour in then keep playing. its a great game either way

  • sub_o

    The Last Demon’s Guardian Vita Agent Soul.

  • rurifan

    I admit, I misread the name and was still prepared to believe it.

  • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

    I want it! I hope this rumor is true…

  • Patrick Dorsman

    My…. god

  • z_merquise

    A dark-fantasy action game with a shotgun-wielding protagonist? Cool!

    I’m so looking forward to see more of this game.

    • alok

      Have you played the first Devil May Cry?

      • z_merquise

        More than a decade ago and playing it now thanks to the HD collection.

        • alok

          Amazing japanese games in the PS2 era.Hope they make a comeback in the PS4 era.

  • Jerry Hu

    Make it happen!!!

  • Zackasaur

    Holy shit, this looks like what I actually wanted from From Software.

    A dream come true!

    • Budgiecat

      Well I want a new tenchu. Guess I’ll still be dreamin’…..

      • ShadowFang

        I want a new Metal Wolf Chaos!

        FROM Software has abandoned us both for now. :)

        • Budgiecat

          oh yeah

          And Another Century’s Episode! (not R….they didn’t make that one)

          er….I guess they can leave Enchanted Arms and Ninja Blade where they are though…

        • FTM

          Blows my mind that was never localized. If Americans love anything, it’s America— and you don’t get more American than Metal Wolf Chaos XD
          Never had a chance to play it myself though (just watched a Playthrough on Youtube), so I really dunno if the actual game was good or not. But I’d definitely enjoy being able to experience it for myself; maybe an English HD Remaster someday?

      • Audie Bakerson

        And I want a new Rune/Lost Kingdoms!

        • Crevox

          Yes please

  • JoJo_718

    This time, I bet they are publishing it themselves outside of Japan.

  • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

    I hope its just a dark fantasy game, not with guns….Im so tired of guns T_T

    • DarthDiggler

      That’s racist! :) LOL

  • ShadowFang

    Looks like Dark Souls & Shadow of Mordor. i wonder if this is related to any of the trademarks recently registered by SCE? Perhaps this is, “Entwined” now? Or, “Bloodborne”?

    At any rate, I’m not the biggest fan of “dark (read: gross, dirty, muddy) fantasy”. It’ll do well at retail for sure; it’s the new hotness. And it’s gonna be a great game for sure; I’ll probably pick it up as long as it’s good. Another great exclusive for the PS4 and all that. But Sony gave us games with much more imagination & color than this in the past. Legend of Dragoon, Dark Cloud, Folklore, etc. Can we get a return to “Colorful fantasy” soon?

    • DarthDiggler

      @vincevazquez:disqus The more adult themed adventure and RPG games seem to be stuck in the dark theme for the moment.

      It seems the SciFi games have cornered the colorful fantasy theme.

      • Budgiecat

        Its funny because its almost in a juvenile manner…

    • louis

      there are tons of jrpgs and MMOs that are colorful.

  • DeadnBuried

    I hope all those screenshots are from one location and that the whole game won’t look like that. It’s Dark Souls 1 and 2’s bright and varied locations that make them infinitely better than Demon’s Souls. I played the Dark games to death, multiple times but got bored of Demon’s after 15 hours because it was so artistically void. If this new game turns out to be all brown and grey and dark I won’t even bother with it. So uh, more Dark and less Demon’s, Kay?

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      Demons was amazing! The desolate dreadful world was gorgeously made, and had tons of variance!!!

      • DeadnBuried

        I’ve got to disagree with you there, ol’ bean! Boletaria Palace was grey. The stormy skeleton world was grey. The prison was brown and black. And the valley of defilement was brown and black. Venturing deeper into them only lead to more brown, grey and black. It was so, so painfully dull. Even the nexus was black and brown! Seriously, the likes of Call of Duty and Gears of War are infinitely more colourful.

        I quit playing not out of difficulty, but out of boredom. Those places were so dull and boring that I just couldn’t be bothered to explore them. With no real story to speak of and boring art direction throughout there was literally nothing to keep me playing.

        The two Dark Souls games, on the other hand, are full of places like the Crystal Cave, Darkroot Garden, Forest of Fallen Giants, Dragon Aerie, Heide’s Tower of Flame, The Iron Keep, The Duke’s Archives and Anor Londo. Each of those places alone were infinitely more enjoyable than anywhere I’d played in Demon’s Souls. Exploring the two Dark Souls games was an absolute joy because time after time I’d just find somewhere even more stunning and gorgeous.

        • Sevyne

          To each their own I guess. Demon’s was my favorite one.

          Your reasoning for liking the two Dark games more than Demon’s is reasonable though (and they are great for sure). I can’t fault you at all for feeling that way, but the structure and the murky, dark atmosphere of Demon’s was rather fitting in my opinion.

          • badmoogle

            Yeah and each location in Demon’s really had its own unique atmosphere and level designs regardless of their color palettes.

        • Keegs79

          It had its own dreadful style more purposely similar to Fallout 3 than Gears or Call of Duty. I played all the way through Demon Souls. I purposely think it had enough variety for having everything is going right and its ridiculous the colors as if it makes or breaks a game. You are right, there are more variety in the sequels but the game was fun to me because the rewards was fun.

          Of course this is all my opinion but I think it also had the most incredible looking dragons, bosses, and other enemies that they all were unique. I think the atmosphere and the encounters in each environment mixed things up well. I also have to give them credit for such an incredible level designs, not just in Demon’s Souls but of course all of them.

          Everyone has their own opinion. The gameplay is what does me in these games the most. It is incredible with all the talk about casual games, easy games that something like Demon’s/Dark Souls can come out and be extremely popular. I am dying to hear more about the rumored Project Beast in the works and Dark Souls for the PS3/XB1!!!

        • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

          : ) Im glad you enjoyed Dark, I still prefered Demons, but I like desolation and ruin when its pulled off the way I like it !
          Also I havent seen you in forever!!

          • DeadnBuried

            Yeah, I can understand that. Hopefully this Project Beast will have the best of both worlds to keep us both happy!

            Haha, yeah, I don’t have half as much time these days. I used to have all the time in the world, but then I got a job and a girlfriend at the same time and I just kinda dropped off the face of the internet for a long time as a result! I stopped using Kotaku entirely because of Kinja; it was bad enough on a desktop, but on a mobile device? It was unusable. Thankfully the new Kotaku UK doesn’t support Kinja and has Disqus instead so I’ve been going back again since then. It was the first time I’ve commented there in a good year or so!

            How’ve you been anyway? Everything all good on your end?

            • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

              Yeah everythings good on my side, I pretty much abandonded Kotaku a while back and am manily at with a bunch of the older kotaku group

              Besides that just working

  • bloodiOS

    I’ll wait for an actual trailer.

    • Ghost Doge

      Due to recent events, I’ll wait until the game is released :P

      • MrRobbyM

        DaS2 was made by a different team and as we all know, Miyazaki wasn’t the director.

        • Ghost Doge

          *Didn’t know*

          I haven’t looked into devs, teams, etc.

          Never actually finished Demon’s Souls (lack of time, no frustration or anything along those lines), only watched a friend of mine play through Dark Souls, now that I’ve got time, Dark Souls 2 is out and I felt like picking it up for some entertainment. Suppose it’s fair to call me a casual :D

  • Audie Bakerson

    I’ve always been skeptical From Software would be involved in any Demon’s Souls 2 without a LOT of money. I just don’t see a company that has managed to successfully make their concept into something they own going back something owned by another company.

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      Sony did help make Demons Souls, and came up with many of the concepts :/

      I cant see why they wouldnt be ok with going back to that

    • Dick Mountainjoy

      Why would they need a lot of money? Sony co-developed the game that catapulted them to a AAA studio.

      • Audie Bakerson

        Why would a company move AWAY from self owned IPs when they don’t need to?

        • Dick Mountainjoy

          Because they’ll have a major AAA exclusive on the top selling next gen console?

  • Al Buns

    Better be at E3

  • Chaos Raiden

    Beast Souls?

    • ECH0 ROME0

      “This is BS!”
      -me every time I die

    • Elvick

      Beast’s Souls :P

  • Azure

    The other “Beast” is Shadow of the Beast not The Last Guardian.

    Edit: oh.. nevermind.

    • Sevyne

      Read that last line a little more carefully. It was a response to someone calling “The Last Guardian” a beast (as in the verbal slang “beast”).

      • Azure

        Yeah.. sorry.

  • 罪罰

    #based Sony #based From

  • Jay

    I’m trying to not get excited… It’s not working.

    • badmoogle

      Let your Soul embrace the hype…so the world might be mended…

      • Jay

        So the world might be mended…


  • HighBrowDrifter

    Oooh Yeeah!

  • Dick Mountainjoy

    Shotguns in a Souls game?

    • DarthNemesis

      You don’t know what this game is or how guns will work.People need to stop judging something before t is even revealed.

      • Dick Mountainjoy

        I dont think you get the context…

  • icup ✔️

    no way.

  • Elvick

    I’m ready.

  • tokyobassist

    Thank god. I know some Souls fans are dying from cardiac arrest from hearing “shotgun” and “Souls” in the same sentence but I’m ready for change. All the Solaire pandering in Dark Souls 2 was lame as fuck and Souls fans just want harder games but fail to take into account what makes a Souls game great. Dark Souls 2 wasn’t even in the same league as the first two Miyazaki directed games.

    This looks fresh at least (instead of shouting blasphemy think about the possibility that they could be replacing the bows in this game) and I know Miyazaki mentioned wanting to make a new, warmer game so at least we have fresh experiences on the way.

    • adhesive

      The only Souls fans that want harder games are the clowns that fell for Bamco’s marketing and jumped on the bandwagon on Dark Souls to feel SO HARDCORE.

      Anyways, Dark Souls 2 is significantly better than Dark Souls despite its numerous flaws.

      • tokyobassist

        Dark Souls 2 does in fact make improvements but I have to say that taking more steps back than forward isn’t something I really want to praise them for. Am I enjoying the game? Sure but as a fan I don’t agree with a lot of the design choices in this entry.

        As for these “hardcore” Souls fans, they can die in a fire.. I can’t stand the ones that complain and say anything BUT Demon’s Souls was a good game. I can’t stand the ones that doesn’t shut up about “Praising the sun” while pointing and laughing at the Skyrim kids with their “Fus Ro Dah” and “Arrow to the knee” meme and literally being just as much of tools. I can’t stand the dudes that play nothing but Souls and needs to judge everything off of the Souls games without even being able to articulate what draws them to the games.

        Too many of them to name but you get my point.

        • Jay

          I still think Demon’s was the best one overall, by a good margin. And I think shotguns could be kool if implemented well. No need to get rid of bows, just have shotguns do more damage up close, and close to nothing from range.
          I also think Dark Souls II is better than Dark Souls, but only for superficial reasons. If it’s back being a Sony exclusive and under Miyazaki, I think it will be a much more polished and focused experience for it.

  • DarthBrian

    And no other gaming sites are reporting on this. That is really odd.

    I see two possibilities:

    1) They know about the game already but are under NDA so they can’t report on the “rumors”, regardless of how substantiated they are.

    2) They don’t want to steal clicks away from all their precious Call of Duty article clickbaits, regardless of this game giving them even more clickbaits.

    • badmoogle

      Fuck the big sites.They are nothing than PR outlets always licking publisher’s shoes for bones.
      They must feel pretty stupid now that they are not allowed to comment on this rumour yet almost every Souls fan knows about it.

      • Lara Croft

        Please, there are plenty of smaller sites that do a lot flame baiting and misleading headlines. Doesn’t matter if it’s a big or small site, both are guilty.

        • Elvick

          Gematsu isn’t! :D

          That’s why it’s my fave.

          • Lara Croft

            I AGREE :)

        • badmoogle

          Can you give me some examples of those smaller sites that do “a lot flame baiting and misleading headlines”?

          • Lara Croft

            DS, Gamingblot, Dark side of gaming etc.

            • badmoogle

              I hoped that you could provide examples of the sites actually posting flame baiting and misleading headlines not just a few sites that no one has heard about…(and what’s DS?do you mean DualShockers?)

              And anyway my point was also about the bigger sites kissing the asses of the publishers to get their “exclusive scoops” something that the smaller sites could never hope to do since they are well…small and insignificant to the big publishers.And this situation shows that all the big sites knew about Project Beast yet it was in the contract they signed to not say anything about it like the good puppies they were until Sony said so.

              But now that the story has been leaked and the thread on NeoGAF gets more than one million views in just one day they all look stupid to not be able to say anything about it.Funny how the ass kissing can sometimes result in making them bite their own asses.

              • Lara Croft

                They are small compared to IGN, but people have heard of them. And Yes I meant DualShockers. A lot of their headlines and articles are flamebaits. But hey, its gets the clicks. The site is a fanboy warzone.

                But it’s just pure speculation to say IGN knew about Project Beast. For all we know it could be a fake leak. It’s all just speculation at this point. It’s just very unfair to accuse only the big sites of wrong doing.

    • AdachiTohru

      3) They dont want to spoil the e3 surprise

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  • DarthBrian

    This is a pretty good video summing up all the info we have so far on Project Beast.

    Story spoilers for Demon’s Souls though.

  • Zukato

    Let it be true!

  • DarthBrian
    • badmoogle

      ” There was no insight as to how the images ended up on the site, so at the very least, enjoy this as very clever fan art.”

      Lol what an idiotic statement.

      • DarthBrian

        lol. yeah.

  • Jerry Hu

    It will happen!!!