Sony Japan details Bloodborne online play

It’s a lot like Dark Souls

In an update to the official Bloodborne website, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan has detailed the various modes of online play that will be available.

Real-time Modes


When a host player uses the “Hunter Calling Bell” item, guests will receive a notification and can use the “Resonant Bell” item to heed the call. The objective is to work together to beat a boss. The session will end if the host disconnects or dies, if the guests die, or if the “Separating Shot” item is used to return to single-player. Passwords of eight characters are set by the host, so random people can’t join just any game.


PvP matches in Bloodborne are 1v1 fights that occur in pre-determined areas. The defender is the host, and the invader is the guest. PvP is initiated when a guest uses the “Ominous Resonant Bell” item. The host has to start the process of allowing invasions by either beginning a co-op session or using the “Ominous Resonant Bell” item themselves to call forth a Bell Chiming Woman. The host then can be invaded in any area where the woman appears. Once the fight is over, the guest returns to their own game. If victorious, a guest invader is granted a reward.

Asynchronous Multiplayer

Hints or messages can be left for other players, and graves will appear where other players have perished in the world. Touching the grave replays how they died, and similarly to Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls, phantom images of those other players will linger in the area of a limited amount of time.

Chalice Dungeons

Chalice Dungeons can be played on or offline, and come in normal and randomly generated variations. To access randomly generated dungeons you must connect to the internet one time, and they can be publicly accessible and shared online. The game will require a day one patch, and for co-op and player-versus-player modes, PlayStation Plus is required.

Look at that cool guy with the wings, you know you wanna be cool too. Bloodborne releases March 24 exclusively on the PlayStation 4.

Bloodborne’s online features fully detailed [Gematsu]

Jason Faulkner