Bloodborne Fan Restores Cut Content Featuring Vileblood Queen


Internet historians are nowhere near done with Bloodborne, despite the game coming out nearly half-a-decade ago on the PS4. In a new video, Bloodborne lore-master Lance McDonald has pieced together hidden, unused lines from the Vileblood Queen, potentially exposing a plotline that never came to fruition.

As mentioned above, news comes by way of Souls series dataminer and From Software savant, Lance McDonald — a name that should be easily familiar to those who continue to follow the Bloodborne scene. In the video posted yesterday, McDonald provides a deep-dive look into both the original content for the Vileblood Queen and what was cut:

If you haven’t yet played Bloodborne (what are you doing with yourself?), here is the quick primer of Annalise, the Vileblood Queen. The NPC can be found in Castle Cainhurst after first donning the Crown of Illusions. The Vileblood Queen is the last remaining descendant of the Vilebloods — a regal vampiric family with a tainted bloodline ancestry.

As you can see in the early part of the video, the Vileblood Queen still plays an interesting part in Bloodborne. Sporting a regal tone, the Vileblood Queen does not stand for any disrespect; if you choose not to kneel for her you will face some harsh tones and shade. However, those who do bend the knee are able to swear an oath to the Queen, joining the Cainhurst Vilebloods.

While this is all well and good, previous datamining efforts have shown there are unused dialogue options and — more interestingly — a new voice actress altogether. Piecing it together with files from the Alpha Version of Bloodborne creates new context and a totally different tone to the situation.

Starting at around 1:58, you can see the new dialogue options — worth noting, the Vileblood Queen suddenly sounds more regal and much more demure. This is not only a change in tone, but a change in voice actress — instead of using Jenny Funnell who also voiced Doctor Iosefka, the Vileblood Queen was voiced by Evetta Muradasilova. Muradasilova similarly provided voices for The Plain Doll and Lady Maria of the Astral Tower Clock within Bloodborne.

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This switch of voice actress isn’t necessarily only cosmetic — McDonald draws connections between the bloodline and background of the Dolls, the Vileblood Queen, and Cainhurst, so there is a decent amount of speculation to be had on how this all connects.

Regardless, it’s fascinating to see the lengths fan of the games are taking to uncover even the smallest details of the game — including areas, dialogue, and components that went entirely unused.

Outside of this discovery, Bloodborne fans are keeping a bonfire alive for the game by picking apart old data, including finding an unused boss titled Great One Beast or showing similarly cut footage of Father Gascione as a companion NPC. Of course, others are flexing their Bloodborne skills in different ways, including perfect runs of the title’s hardest boss or creating some awesome DIY projects.

Bloodborne is available exclusively on PS4. If you somehow missed the atmospheric Souls-like title, you can still grab it via Amazon.

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Apex Legends Server Crash Reveals What Hidden Lobby Looks Like


Game development is a tricky beast — regardless if we are talking about small indie titles or breakthrough AAA successes like Apex Legends by developer Respawn Entertainment and EA. There are a ton of tricks and smoke-and-mirror workarounds to deliver a smooth end-user experience to the player, which creates a cohesive end-product. But occasionally it is fun to get a glimpse behind the curtain, and that is exactly what one of the battle royale players did, revealing the hidden pre-game lobby of the Apex Legends map.

The footage comes from a user on the dedicated Apex Legends Reddit community, who offered some gameplay video pre-game. As the player is choosing between which Legend he will be playing as, the game’s polished UI freezes. After a moment, we see a brief glimpse of a low-asset walkway to the map, where different character models of all the Legends are casually waiting:

Server crash gives glimpse into what lobby really is from r/apexlegends

And as soon as that hidden lobby appears, it vanishes. Left in its place is an error screen noting that the connection to the server timed out.

This layout has managed to solve some of the community’s ongoing questions about the pre-game selection process. According to some, they have been able to hear the other characters in the background — as you are looking over Mirage, you may here Caustic coughing in the background. Others have said that they have seen this flash previously before their game loaded, but weren’t able to verify it.

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Does knowing this have any real effect on how you enjoy the game? Very likely not — all game development is manufactured and has smart workarounds to offer a seamless experience. In fact, occasionally a game breaking (in a minor way) is a good way to appreciate the hard work put into the title.

Apex Legends continues to be successful after hitting the Battle Royale scene running. Though the active fanbase is pressuring Respawn to address cheaters in the game while they are making more meta changes. Meanwhile, the community is really going HAM with fan projects including some excellent cosplay or nail art.

Apex Legends is available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One as a free-to-play game — we recently reviewed the game, and think it has the ability to change the development landscape as we know it.

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Jump Force Leaks Dragon Quest and JoJo Characters on Instagram


In any major gaming corporation, there are always instances where the PR divisions and the business divisions aren’t chatting with each other. Sometimes, this works to gamers benefits with unintentional leaks — and it appears that is what we got, with new images of Dragon Quest and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure being debuted in a Jump Force Instagram advertisement. Whoops!

News comes from many Instagram users who are reportedly seeing the same screens. In a push for advertising, publisher Bandai Namco is pushing across one of the world’s largest social media sites. What they didn’t expect was to leak a few unannounced characters, principally Dai from Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai and Jotaro Kujo from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures.

While first rumors of these images seemed to be chucked aside as a bad photoshop, an ad-hoc confirmation started to piece together as more people began seeing the ad:

This also extended to people seeing the advertisement on Facebook:

Taking this with a grain of salt but Yonkou tweeted the full image but this time its on facebook,weird. from r/jumpforce

For anyone who wants to see the total picture, a merged version can be seen below:

For those of you out of the loop of both of these characters, he originates in Doragon Kuesuto: Dai no Daibōken (or Dragon Quest: The Adventures of Dai) — a 27 volume manga that ran between 1989 and 1996. Meanwhile, Jotaro Kujo is one of the most recurring characters of the JoJo Bizarre Adventure series, taking up the role as a protagonist of the Stardust Crusaders.

In other Jump Force news, we got to see the addition of Boruto, Kaguya, Gaara, and Kakashi in the last couple of days. Before that, we saw the inclusion of special interactions that will be peppered throughout the game, as seen most notably in new Aizen gameplay footage. Oh, and lest we not forget that Bandai Namco and fast food giant Wendy’s (jokingly) confirmed the Wendy’s mascot during National Roast Day.

Jump Force will launch on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on February 15, 2019. If you’d like to pre-order the game you can do so right now over at Amazon and grab all of the game’s pre-order bonuses.

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Bowmore and Two Ubisoft Projects May Have Leaked on Some Actresses’ Resumes


What in the world is Project Bowmore? Us at DualShockers are scratching our heads as multiple references pointing to this currently unannounced project, reportedly coming from Ubisoft.

The rumor mill first started swirling with possible leaks of new Ubisoft titles this morning on German storefront MediaMarkt. While publication NintendoEverything picked up on an unconfirmed listing for Assassin’s Creed Compilation on Nintendo Switch, observant eyes noted a Bowmore title for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

However, this isn’t the only reference to “Bowmore” we would see today.

First uncovered by Twitter user NextGenPlayer, the observant Twitter user noted that Mandy.com’s voice actor catalog included an actress claiming to have done work for Project Bowmore.

Specifically, her resume reveals work on a teaser trailer.

Even more interesting, this isn’t a one-off profile. Another actress, this time Amber Goldfarb, lists on her resume “Project Bowmore.”

But the rabbit hole goes deeper — Project Bowmore isn’t the only unannounced Ubisoft title on Goldfarb’s resume. There is also noted supporting roles for a Project Rocket and Project Aegyptus.

If we are trying to deduce what these games are from the titles, we are no doubted out of luck. The term “Bowmore” is most associated with a single malt scotch whiskey, manufactured in a distillery based in Islay in Scotland dating as far back as 1779. Meanwhile, Aegyptus is the mythological king of Egypt and son of Belus. The “Rocket” in Project Rocket is anyone’s guess.

However, it is rather hard to trust anything on the internet following the combined headache that was the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate “Grinch” leak.

While there isn’t any way to know if these leaks are the real deal, this does seem like a situation where there are just too many coincidences lining up. Perhaps we see this “teaser trailer” for Bowmore at The Game Awards 2018. Until then, DualShockers will keep you updated with any information as developments unfurl.

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