The first enemy that will test your worth is Iudex Gundyr.
Once you secure passage to Firelink Shrine, you’ll meet various characters – Including Hawkwood, a fugitive of Farron’s Undead Legion and a mysterious Firekeeper that will help you on your path.
As the fire fades, only embers remain…”
First off, this Iudex Gundyr character seems to be a boss, but the way the post describes him as “the first enemy that will test your worth” seems to suggest he is the first boss that players will encounter. This could mean that he will be taking on the role of the Asylum Demon from Dark Souls. Dark Souls II and Bloodborne both had branching paths that could lead the player to encounter different first bosses, so perhaps this confirms we will be getting a definitive first boss of the game. This guy looks quite similar in size and design to Dark Souls II’s Looking Glass Knight without his trademark shield.
Next, Firelink Shrine. The way the post so nonchalantly name drops this area seems odd, but perhaps it’s not the Firelink Shrine we know and love. The screenshots don’t depict the hub world from the original, but they do show us a peaceful, dimly lit stone room where a few kind souls take reprieve. One seems to be the woman from the first Dark Souls III trailer with the crown, and another (presumably the fugitive, Hawkwood) looks awfully similar to our crestfallen friend from Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls.
Another screenshot that potentially displays the new Firelink Shrine is an exterior view that features a bell tower and a crumbling bridge. Bells have never been “just bells” in Dark Souls, so it’s very likely there will be some significance attached to it.
There’s also a very Bloodborne-esque shot of the player casting pyromancy at what looks like a bunch of slug-people. Gross, but fitting.
Speaking of inexplicable gross things, that giant blob of sentient tar is back, this time with a buddy that looks very similar to Iudex Gundyr with a halberd. Either this creature is controlling this soldier or vice-versa, but either way, it’s a very intriguing visage.
The rest of the shots are serene landscapes or just showing different areas, but regardless of their content, all these shots look incredibly promising and continue to heighten the intrigue that Dark Souls III has surely instilled within all Souls fans.