...I set down in the Ashen desert and started to think. Ok. How these Pygmy kings survived still, in the apocalypse? Well, lets say they was kept by Filianore egg, so Gael eats them in the moment we come. And we are time-travellers, so there will be almost no affection on classic game, nobody knows anything that happens outside their cycle. They can only feel, like Yuria of Londor feels the dark mark inside you.
But actually, what happen in the completely dead world, and what would you do being, probably, the last existing creature with fire and dark inside you? Another crazy king to be defeated inside the cycle? Or the world refreshed, and on the bones of old world there is grow, for example, Bloodborne universe?)
And, still, what the heck is wrong with this Ariandel, in the end of the game, with Crazy Gael, this world is not even existing and he, actually, can't go back in time, even if he would find this bloody dark soul...
...so, may be, he did not, and we did not, in the end?
I pretty understand, probably, developers said that the young artist will draw a new world, where everyone will live in peace, without cycle of fire (how?)... but it is remarkably weak and senseless, like planned surprise. Some kind of coming out, spoiling the greatest story. Reminds me situation with DS2, where everyone was so busy with Bloodborne that a little bit fracked up the whole game and lore.
I have clear feeling that they gave up in about 50% of DLC development and just rushed it to the end... Overlayed with crisis of ideas, with totally complicated lore and plot, with some mistakes and bad ideas of the past; they just finished it as fine as they could.
And I still love it. I love this experience and impressions that DS and FROM SOFTWARE gave me. Yes, it could be even better, but they already have created the real world, the whole universe, the allegoric reality. It is deep enough, and, deus ex machina, we keep this fire in our souls. We will keep research the game for some more time. We will keep it our hears later. We will create something new, looking back to what we felt.
I will create.
Dennis Aloepole, 05/11/17