Ok, this is going to be a "rantish" sort of blog post so if you don't like those, click away now. I understand I shouldn't form my opinion this prematurely; however, this has been bugging me. So here you go.
What is bad to me
Off the bat, I will say that I'm not very excited for DSII. Here's my reasoning:
(As you probably know by now)Hidetaka Miyazaki won't be very involved with the game. This scares the EVERLIVING CRAP out of me. Miyazaki is a brilliant man that had a game(games I suppose, if you include Demon's Souls. But I've never played it so I can't give my opinion on it.) with a brilliant concept. And he's being nearly dropped from the development of it's sequel? I don't like the sound of that.
"More accessible" is also scaring me. From what I understand, they are going to limit the amout of ways the player can go at the start of the game. To put this in perspective, it would be like if you couldn't do anything other than go straight to the Undead Burg in Dark Souls. There would be no New Londo Ruins, Catacombs, Valley of Drakes, etc... until you reach that point of the game. I HATE that idea. I want to wander around aimlessly until I find where I'm supposed to go WITHOUT the help of the game.
Bamco is going to be more involved in the game. I have nothing against Bamco personally; however, I know for a fact that they will try to form the game to suit what will give them better business over what will please the fans more. Bamco is a great company; however, we all know they care more about the money than the consumers.
I've been hearing rumors that you won't have much choice in the creation of your character at the start of the game. NOTE: This is not solid fact so it has not had THAT much of an impact on me. HOWEVER, should FromSoft make it solid fact, that will make me extremely disappointed.
What is good to me
Now, don't get me wrong, there are things about this game I like the sound of too. Some examples are:
I love the fact that we're not going to be in Lordran anymore. It's got me wondering where the game will take place.
I've heard rumors of boats being in the game. I like that idea... a lot.
Prequel as a Sequel
I like the fact that it will take place before the events of Dark Souls.