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:

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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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