David Brown
Overload of New Bloodborne Information Just Days Before Release
Blogs, Blood Gems, and button-mapping, oh my!
03.20.15 - 4:46 PM

Some interesting new details about Bloodborne are coming together as the game nears its highly-anticipated release. First off, more information about the "Hunter's Dream" has come straight from From Software and SCE through the official PlayStation blog. Here's a little bit from the blog itself:

"In the Hunter's Dream, you'll be able to purchase items, level up your character by speaking to the Doll, repair and upgrade your weapons (more on that below), and get useful advice from Gehrman, the old man in the wheelchair.

The main currency in Bloodborne is called Blood Echoes, which you can earn by hunting beasts and more. Use Blood Echoes to purchase items from the shop in the Hunter's Dream, or even repair and strengthen your weapons. In your adventures, you'll soon come across special items called Blood Gems, which can be attached to weapons in order to increase their attack power and even add special characteristics to your weapons.

In the Hunter's Dream, you can also interact with the Memory Altar in order to memorize special Caryll Runes to upgrade your character. Some runes may allow you to carry more items in your inventory, or boost the amount of Blood Echoes you receive from each beast you hunt down, allowing you to customize your hunter however you see fit.

I don't want to give away any more information so as to not spoil any major surprises for you. But I do have one cool piece news for those of you who have an official PlayStation Gold, Silver or Pulse Elite headset: on March 24, open your Headset Companion App to download a custom Bloodborne Audio Mode that's been tuned specifically to bring the unique world of Yharnam to life."

Still need more? Check out the new "Cut You Down" trailer below.

In addition to all of this, new details regarding Remote Play through the PlayStation Vita have also come to light. If you're days into Bloodborne, but desperately need a bath (especially after that last boss fight), don't worry about stopping. It has been confirmed that you will be able to customize the buttons on your PlayStation Vita to account for the buttons it is missing to play the game.

Strong attacks and gun blasts, which are controlled with the L2 and R2 buttons on the Dualshock 4 can be placed on the bottom corners of the Vita's touchscreen. Gestures and personal effects, usually controlled by the touchpad on the PS4, can be reassigned to the front touchpad on the Vita. As for locking on to enemies (normally the job of the R3 button), you only have to use the right half of the back touchpad. It sounds a little tricky, but devoted hunters should be able to adjust in a snap.

Bloodborne launches from your worst nightmares and into reality on March 24th in North America and March 27th in Europe. We'll be bringing you a review very soon. Happy hunting!