Bloodborne for PC: The Mystery Behind the Hidden Build
- 23 May 2023
Ever since its release in 2015, Bloodborne has been a PlayStation-exclusive game that has left many PC gamers craving a taste of its dark and fantastic atmosphere. Recently, Souls series dataminer Lance McDonald has reignited the discussion about a possible PC version of the game. This article dives into the latest evidence from McDonald's findings and discusses the implications of this hidden build for the gaming world.
The investigation started with a screenshot from the Bloodborne Wiki, which contained an intriguing filename: "Marcos-domenech-win64-sprj-160809-172519.jpg." Marcos Domenech is an environmental artist who has collaborated with FromSoftware on various projects, including Bloodborne, Dark Souls 3, and Elden Ring. According to McDonald, the "win64-sprj" part of the filename indicates that the screenshot was captured from an internal Windows build of the game. Furthermore, the unique angle of the image suggests the use of a developer-specific debug camera.
What makes this finding even more fascinating is that the screenshot depicts the Fishing Hamlet, an area from Bloodborne’s DLC. This information implies that the developer-side PC build includes the full retail release of the game, not just earlier prototypes. McDonald also claims to have seen an earlier build of the game running on PC in a "private setting," reinforcing the possibility of a full PC version of Bloodborne existing somewhere out there.
Despite these revelations, the chances of an official Bloodborne release for PC remain slim. The primary obstacle is Sony's reluctance to bring the game to other platforms, regardless of how easy the process may be. This hidden PC version suggests that porting the game to a high-refresh display or Steam Deck would not be a significant challenge, as much of the groundwork is already in place. However, without Sony's approval, this tantalizing possibility remains only a dream for PC gamers.
In conclusion, while the evidence is mounting in favor of a hidden Bloodborne PC build, the gaming community will likely never have the opportunity to experience it firsthand. As frustrating as this may be, dedicated fans continue to hold onto hope for an eventual release, even if it's through a remaster or remake. In the meantime, those interested in Souls series secrets and behind-the-scenes insights can check out McDonald's YouTube channel for more fascinating discoveries.