Bandai Namco has announced Dark Souls 3, the next game in its critically-acclaimed franchise heading to PS4, Xbox One and PC in early 2016.

Original director Hidetaka Miyazaki is back to direct development on the third game, with the game set to 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".

The first screenshots can be seen through here.

Dark Souls 3 could end up being the last game in the franchise, however, with Bandai Namco describing the title 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 Herve Hoerdt, Vice President of Marketing & Digital at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe. "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!"

Take a look below for the first trailer.

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