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Dark Souls 2 gameplay video released: 12 minutes of in-game footage

Update: A second trailer added

Below is the world premier Dark Souls 2 gameplay video, presented by IGN.

Game producer Yui Tanimura and Namco Producer Tak Miyazoe talk you through 12 minutes of gameplay footage.

Update:A Second trailer has also been released, and we've added it below the 12-minute gameplay video.

Second trailer:

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New Dark Souls 2 screenshots were also released earlier today.

CVG has seen the game, and will publish an in-depth Dark Souls 2 preview later this week.

The sequel was first unveiled via a Dark Souls 2 trailer at the Spike Video Game Awards. It will be the first in the Souls series not to be helmed by creator from Hidetaka Miyazaki. Instead newcomers Tomohiro Shibuya and Yui Tanimura will take the reins, with Miyazaki supervising.

While the game promises to be "more straightforward and more understandable" than its predecessor, Miyazaki has moved to allay fears that the sequel could tone down the series' trademark high difficulty.