If you observe various Bloodborne gameplay videos released by From Software, you will notice that this game does not include any special type of defense mechanism.
Taking this fact into account, IGN made the efforts to get this clarified, and indeed, Sony’s Japan Studio confirmed that Bloodborne will have shields.
According to Masaaki Yamagiwa, producer at Sony’s Japan Studio, the over use of these shield will kill your character quickly in this game.
“There are shields in the game. However if you’re always standing back and guarding, you’ll die very quickly. So you have to incorporate it into your strategy of how you play and fight.
We wanted these encounters and battles to be so intense that If you just stand and wait, you’ll get overwhelmed and killed right away. We wanted to encourage players to not hide and wait, but instead be more aggressive and pro-active in battle.”
Bloodborne takes place in the gothic, ruined city of Yharnam which is rumored to house a potent medical remedy. Over the years, many travelers make pilgrimages to the city seeking the remedy to cure their afflictions; the player takes the role as one of these travelers.
Bloodborne will release on 24th March 2015, exclusively for PlayStation 4.
UPDATE: This story has been removed from IGN.