The biggest surprise at the VGAs was not Alison Haislip calling Gabe Newell "Gary," but the announcement of Dark Souls 2 with the epic CG trailer above.

Dark Souls is one of the most challenging and rewarding games to be released in ages, so the news of a sequel was well-received at the VGAs. And it was especially surprising—there was nary a whisper about the announcement ahead of time, and the Souls series has so far seen two iterations without a direct sequel.

Namco Bandai even confirmed that Dark Souls 2 will release this gen on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. While we'd love to play a Souls sequel on next-gen consoles, we'd rather play this one within the next year or so than have to wait any longer than that. There's been no official word on a release date, though.

Any Souls fans out there are going to want to read these quotes from the press release:

Built upon the foundation established by Souls series creator and Dark Souls II Supervisor, Hidetaka Miyazaki with development helmed by FromSoftware Director Tomohiro Shibuya, Dark Souls II will feature a new hero, a new storyline, and an unfamiliar world for players to survive in while delivering its signature brand of unrelenting punishment that players hunger for. Epic battles with gruesome enemies and blood-thirsty bosses await adventurers as they traverse through a devastated world filled with death and despair; only those who are strong willed or cunning can survive this journey to achieve great glory. Players seeking to share their experience will discover a revamped server-based multiplayer mode that will put a distinct Dark Souls II twist on the concept of playing with others.

“Dark Souls II retains the core essence of Dark Souls while evolving to present new twists and challenges that are sure to please longtime fans and attract new comers to the series,” says Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “FromSoftware is going to take a very dark path with Dark Souls II; players will need to look deep within themselves to see if they have the intestinal fortitude to embark on this journey.”     

“This new chapter in the Dark Souls saga presents opportunities for us to drive innovation in gameplay design, develop an entirely new story, and expand the scope of the world in which the player interacts with the game. We have taken these necessary steps with Dark Souls II in order to evolve the overall experience of the Dark Souls series,” says Tomohiro Shibuya, FromSoftware Director on Dark Souls II. “The entire development team is striving to make Dark Souls II an experience that is fresh while not forsaking its roots in presenting players with challenging gameplay. Our goal is to surprise and delight our fans with new experiences and plot twists while enticing new players to join our dark journey.”

So what do you think? Are you prepared to die some more?