"Making it more accessible" is what worries me most. Dark Souls has such a crazy huge story to it that people wouldn't ever get without actually reading item descriptions/getting secret NPC's. I don't want a strict bad guy and cut scenes spelling the story out. i liked really digging for the story.
It looks like Kalameet (one eyed dragon/an optional boss in the DLC) in the trailer, which makes me assume this might be a prequel which could be cool.
Yeah, I see what you're saying. I like the minimalist plot too. I think that when game developers say these things, though, it's never as extreme as everyone thinks. It'll be a little different, but I'm sure despite that it'll still have that Dark Souls feel.