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See Dark Souls 3: Ashes of Ariandel's new PvP mode in action

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Dark Souls 3's first piece of downloadable content, Ashes of Ariandel, drops later this month. The first of two planned add-ons for the game will include new weapons and armor, as well as an area dedicated to player-versus-player combat. In a new trailer released by publisher Bandai Namco today, we get a look at what those three-on-three matchups will look like.

The new PvP map, reportedly called Hollow Arena, is more than just a flat battleground in which players can square off. It appears to be a slanted map with a few structures where players may take cover or hide from their opponents. Ashes of Ariandel's dedicated PvP component also appears to have some decorative reward to it; players are shown with various types of crowns floating above their heads in the trailer.

Bandai Namco also promises one-on-one battles as well as free-for-all modes, if you can't get a team of undead together.

Dark Souls 3: Ashes of Ariandel comes to PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One Oct. 25. The expansion costs $14.99 and is included as part of Dark Souls 3's $24.99 season pass.

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