From Software’s punishing action-RPG, Dark Souls, is known (and in many cases, loved) for its brutal difficulty, so it comes as no surprise that Steamforged’s Dark Souls-inspired board game is claimed to be “the hardest board game you have ever played.”
Creator Steamforged Games released an update detailing new gameplay details for the allegedly crushing tabletop game, which includes a “fast set up, long reveal” mechanic, as well as “clever management of stamina to survive.”
“Designed from the ground up, the Dark Souls board game is a brutally hard exploration miniatures game for 1-4 players. “Prepare to die.”
Similarly to the game’s interconnected passages, the playable area is said to expand as players explore the board, with each game requiring “deep strategic play” in order to survive. It’s certainly sounding complex, that’s for sure.
Whilst the only confirmed boss fight in the main game so far is Dragon Slayer Ornstein and Executioner Smough, Steamforged appear to draw on all three titles in terms of mechanics and foes. “We wanted to be sure to use both old favorites as well as new enemies from Dark Souls 3” it says on the Steamforged website.
Steamforged’s last tabletop venture was Guild Ball – a crowdfunded board game centered around “medieval football.” The concept was hugely popular, raising three times its £30,000 goal. As reported by Polygon, The Dark Souls board game was announced on Steamforged’s official page last month.
“Steamforged Games is proud to announce we will be working with Bandai Namco Entertainment, developing an exciting board game for the Dark Souls universe.
As Dark Souls fans, we could not be more excited to be given the honour of developing a board game that embraces everything that makes Dark Souls the deep, compelling game experience that it is.”
The Dark Souls board game will be launched on Kickstarter on April 19 2016.