Although Namco Bandai had confirmed the existence of the game a bit ahead of time, the official announcement took place during Microsoft's press conference. The game was officially announced for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
After skipping Dark Souls 2 to work on Bloodborne, series creator Hidetaka Miyazaki is now back to direct the development of the game that will take players "across a wide variety of locations in an interconnected world of unrelenting challenge and deep RPG gameplay as they search for a way to survive the coming apocalypse". Dark Souls 3 might also be the last title in the franchise, as Namco Bandai describes it as the "final episode".
"The DARK SOULS brand became a phenomenon thanks to amazing work from our dear partners FromSoftware and our very own BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment teams," said Namco Bandai. "But above all, we are blessed to have such a supportive and loving community, and we are happy to dedicate this final episode to them!"
Dark Souls 3 launches in early 2016.