BloodborneÂ is anÂ action role-playing gameÂ developed byÂ FromSoftwareÂ and published byÂ Sony Computer EntertainmentÂ forÂ PlayStation 4. Announced at Sony'sÂ E3 2014Â conference, the game was released worldwide in March 2015.Â BloodborneÂ follows theÂ player character, the Hunter, through the decrepitÂ Gothic,Â Victorian eraÂ inspired city of Yharnam, whose inhabitants have been afflicted with an abnormalÂ blood-borne disease, with the player character unraveling the city's intriguing mysteries while fighting beasts, ultimately attempting to find the source of the plague and stop it. The game is played from aÂ third-person perspective, players control a customizable protagonist, and gameplay is focused on weapons-based combat and exploration. Players battle varied enemies, includingÂ bosses, usingÂ itemsÂ such as swords and firearms, and journey through the story, exploring the game's different locations, interacting withÂ non-player characters, collecting key items involved in the story, and discovering and unraveling the world's many mysteries.Â BloodborneÂ began development in 2012 under theÂ working titleÂ ofÂ Project Beast. Bearing many similarities to theÂ SoulsÂ series of games by the same company,Â BloodborneÂ was partially inspired by the literary works of authorsÂ H. P. LovecraftÂ andÂ Bram Stoker, and the architectural design of certain real world locations in places such asÂ RomaniaÂ and theÂ Czech Republic. The decision by game directorÂ Hidetaka MiyazakiÂ to create a newÂ intellectual propertyÂ (IP) and not anotherÂ SoulsÂ game was made because he wanted to create something "different"; at the same time, Sony wanted a new IP to be made exclusively for the PlayStation 4. BloodborneÂ received critical acclaim, with praise being directed at its gameplay, particularly its high level of difficulty,Â sound design, atmospheric environments, interconnected world design, and plot. However, some criticism was directed at its technical performance at launch, which was improved with post-release updates. An expansion for the game, titledÂ The Old Hunters, was released in November 2015. By the end of 2015, the game had sold over two million copies worldwide. It was nominated for multiple year-end accolades includingÂ Game of the YearÂ by several gaming publications. The game also had a few spinoffs produced, such as aÂ board gameÂ andÂ comic bookÂ series. BloodborneÂ is anÂ action role-playing gameÂ played from aÂ third-person perspectiveÂ and features elements similar to those found in theÂ SoulsÂ series of games, particularlyÂ Demon's SoulsÂ andÂ Dark Souls.The player makes their way through different locations within the decrepitÂ GothicÂ world of Yharnam, while battling varied enemies, includingÂ bosses,collecting different types of usefulÂ itemsÂ that have many uses, interacting with the strangeÂ non-player characters,opening up shortcuts, and continuing through the main story. At the beginning of the game, the player creates their character, the Hunter. The player determines the basic details of the Hunter; gender, hairstyle, name, skin colour, body shape, voice, and eye colour, are some of the details the player determines. The player also chooses a starting class, known as an "Origin", which provides a basic backstory for the Hunter and sets the player's starting attributes. The Origins allow the player's Hunter to have a distinct play style, which, along with physical appearance, give the Hunter a unique personality. For example, one Origin may describe the Hunter as a cowardly weakling, which would indicate the player prefers to avoid conflict, while another Origin may describe the Hunter as being a ruthless, killing machine, which would indicate that the Hunter prefers to engage in combat.Another way the player defines their Hunter is by choosing what brotherhood they are a member of. These religious societies, known as 'Covenants', each have their own views on the world of Yharnam.