By Wes Fenlon, Sean Martin
Sony's big on PC ports now, but the most-requested of them all is still MIA.
The PlayStation game eternally at the top of our port wishlist is still stuck on the PS4. Though Sony's PC library now includes the likes of God of War and Horizon, with Uncharted on the way, FromSoftware's beloved gothic action-RPG remains but a rumor. Every one gets our hopes up, but so far they've always disappointed.
In 2020, rumors of a PC port were flying around with near certainty. Bloodborne on PC was surely going to be announced at any minute! But it didn't happen. Now we're heading into 2023 with no solid evidence that Bloodborne will ever come to PC.
Could it happen? Will it happen? Does the new era of Sony PC ports make it only a matter of time?
Here's everything we know about Sony's PC porting plans—and every scrap of rumor we've heard about Bloodborne on PC.
You can play Bloodborne on PC... with Playstation Now
Though the new PC ports of Sony games look promising for Bloodborne, there are still no massive announcements in regards to a remaster or a PC version. With that in mind, it's worth a reminder that you can play Bloodborne on PC, though you'll have to use the Playstation Now PC app.
For those that don't know, Playstation Now is Sony's game streaming service, and Bloodborne is one of the titles available with it. In fact, Bloodborne is the most-played Playstation Now title on PC (opens in new tab). The only big drawback is that the quality depends on how decent your internet is, and games can look pretty dreadful if your connection is on the slower side.
If you do plan to try it out, I definitely recommend using a wired connection, as that will make things as stable as possible.
The Nvidia leak didn't mention Bloodborne, but it did mention Demon's Souls
In September 2021, a list of games in Nvidia's GeForce Now database (opens in new tab) leaked, and seemingly included a bunch of unreleased upcoming games. Nvidia claimed the games on the list were purely speculative, but since September at least 10 games from the list have been revealed. It's possible some others will be canceled before ever being made public, of course, but the list is definitely legit, and it includes several PlayStation games including Ghosts of Tsushima, Returnal, and Demon's Souls.
But not Bloodborne. So if there is a Bloodborne port in the works, it either started recently enough not to be on that list, or Sony kept it very secret.
PlayStation has kept the PC ports coming
In a February 2021 interview with GQ Magazine (opens in new tab), Jim Ryan casually confirmed that Sony is bringing more of its first party games to PC. "Particularly from the latter half of the PS4 cycle our studios made some wonderful, great games," Ryan said. "There’s an opportunity to expose those great games to a wider audience and recognise the economics of game development, which are not always straightforward. The cost of making games goes up with each cycle, as the calibre of the IP has improved. Also, our ease of making it available to non-console owners has grown. So it’s a fairly straightforward decision for us to make."
Now we've seen several PlayStation games land on PC. Horizon Zero Dawn and Days Gone have already come out. God of War and the Uncharted collection are poised for 2022. Those are some of Sony's biggest exclusives.
But what about Bloodborne?
So far, Sony hasn't said a word about Bloodborne—and it hasn't gotten a PS5 upgrade patch, either. One complicating factor is FromSoftware as the developer. From is busy making Elden Ring (opens in new tab), and also isn't an internal Sony studio like the developers of most first party games. Is that a problem for a Bloodborne PC port? Hopefully not an insurmountable one.
Bloodborne PC rumors abounded in 2020 and 2021
None of these rumors amounted to anything, and it's been long enough now that it's hard to even think of this as a "where there's smoke, there's fire" situation.
There have been some random claims (opens in new tab) that Bloodborne is PC-bound, but no leaked footage or screenshots to back up those claims. There's no public proof that it exists, and no leakers with sterling track records have given us confidence in the port's existence.
A new rumor still pops up every few months, at this point. In October 2021, Xbox Era (opens in new tab) podcast host Nick Baker claimed that "I've been told there's a PC port that's already done, and I think what's happening with Bluepoint is, Bluepoint is doing the sequel. And I think Bluepoint might also be doing the console remaster of the first one. I think."
Is that information reliable? Seems highly unlikely that a PC port would be finished and sitting around unreleased for more than six months.
The rumor circus really first started heating up in June 2020, when streamer CaseyExplosion tweeted that a Bloodborne PC port by port studio QLOC was supposed to be announced at a PS5 event. The event was delayed, and when it finally happened, Bloodborne was MIA. 2020 ended with no sign that the rumor ever was anything more than a rumor.
What did get announced was a PS5 remake of Demon's Souls, another FromSoftware game. Was that what the rumors were actually about all along? It's possible, though Demon's Souls was developed by Bluepoint Games, and a Dark Souls Youtuber said (opens in new tab) QLOC was not working on a Bloodborne port.
That seemed to pretty much quash the rumors, but CaseyExplosion was convinced that Bloodborne is still out there, and on the way.
For those just joining me, yes Bloodborne *will* be coming to PC, I've had it confirmed by a very trusted source, and I have a lot of faith in the company who's doing the port, you won't be disappointed. It genuinely is happening. pic.twitter.com/Gik2QA5J5qJune 4, 2020
Could is still happen? Sure. Were those rumors from 2020 or later 2021 rumors based on real, accurate information? Maybe, but it sure looks less likely as more time goes by. So far, there haven't been substantial leaks or signs that a Bloodborne remaster is happening, just whispers. Everyone wants Bloodborne on PC. For now, we just have to wait.
At least now you can play this Bloodborne demake on PC for free
While we still don't know if Bloodborne itself will ever launch on PC, you can at least enjoy the Bloodborne PS1 Demake. It recreates the first area of the game in Central Yharnam and includes the boss fight with Father Gascoigne. The '90s-era visuals really suit Bloodborne well.
Our own Tyler Colp tried it out, and found a certain charm: "I played it on a gamepad with D-pad controls and rotating the camera on the triggers, which was a hassle—but in a good way. BloodbornePSX requires some patience before you start to see how far its developers went to make it not feel like a modern game. Characters and objects jiggle in place like my computer can't quite handle the graphical fidelity and Bloodborne's Central Yharnam is cut up into separate rooms, complete with an exit animation where you watch your character walk off before a loading screen fills your screen."
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Wes has been covering games and hardware for more than 10 years, first at tech sites like The Wirecutter (opens in new tab) and Tested (opens in new tab) before joining the PC Gamer team in 2014. Wes plays a little bit of everything, but he'll always jump at the chance to cover emulation and Japanese games.
When he's not obsessively optimizing and re-optimizing a tangle of conveyor belts in Satisfactory (it's really becoming a problem), he's probably playing a 20-year-old Final Fantasy or some opaque ASCII roguelike. With a focus on writing and editing features, he seeks out personal stories and in-depth histories from the corners of PC gaming and its niche communities. 50% pizza by volume (deep dish, to be specific).