FromSoftware is working on a sequel to 2011’s hardcore hit Dark Souls, Namco Bandai has announced.

According to the publisher, Dark Souls II will “continue a legacy of presenting its passionate fans with the kind of unrelenting challenges that have become a hallmark of the series, while presenting devilish new obstacles for players to overcome”.

The game will feature a new hero, a new storyline, and an unfamiliar world for players to survive in.

Development is being supervised by series creator Hidetaka Miyazaki, and led by FromSoftware director Tomohiro Shibuya.

“This new chapter in the Dark Souls saga presents opportunities for us to drive innovation in gameplay design, develop an entirely new story, and expand the scope of the world in which the player interacts with the game,” said Shibuya.

“The entire development team is striving to make Dark Souls II an experience that is fresh while not forsaking its roots in presenting players with challenging gameplay. Our goal is to surprise and delight our fans with new experiences and plot twists while enticing new players to join our dark journey.”

According to Namco, FromSoftware is revamping the series’ server-based multiplayer gameplay to put a distinct Dark Souls II twist on the concept of playing and sharing with others.

The game will be available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC.