Dark Souls 3's first DLC expansion Ashes of Ariandel launches today, and I can't wait to get stuck into it. Ashes of Ariandel transports players to a snowy landscape hidden behind a cursed painting - a set-up which will no doubt sound familiar to players who journeyed through the original Dark Souls' optional area, the Painted World of Ariamis. It's unlikely the connection is purely coincidental; there'll be plenty more lore to try and decipher (or completely ignore) by the time this DLC has done the rounds, I'd wager.
The Ariandel DLC promises new enemies, new bosses, new weapons and new PvP modes, so I thought I'd play through my first attempts live, today from 3pm. And I've roped Johnny in to spectate because, well, misery loves company.
I reserve the right to curse freely, just so we're all clear. And in case you were wondering, the DLC requires you to have access to the Cleansing Chapel located by the Cathedral of the Deep, so you will need a prior Dark Souls 3 save file to access the new content. In fact, if you want an in-depth look at what to do and what to expect from Ashes of Ariandel, you might want to check out our guide, too. Word on the street is it's best suited to players Level 80-100, so my Level 91 knight should be just fine. Should being the operative word here. Wish us luck.