That might just have been an overzealous Dickwraith. It’s when they’re invulnerable, 1-shot you, destroy all your equipment and leave you cursed and infested with a brain parasite you know for sure something fishy is up.
edit: This popped into my YouTube feed this morning and I found it very interesting (he has some neat videos about DS1 as well).
Looking at known cut content, some early trailers and other things (such as the few leaked stories/rumours about development) there’s a lot to suggest the game would have had much more interesting level design and level layouts a little more interconnected and reminiscent of DS1.
If you’re interested in this sort of thing I’d absolutely recommend looking up some concept art for the game.There’s no telling what was actually being developed at any point, but there are a lot of interesting concepts and ideas that never made it in, and stuff that made it in but in more pedestrian and less interesting versions.