Nah, this happened to me in the harbor area. Besides getting lost repeatedly in the residential area, I found access points to two or three other areas, but ended up going to the one that dumps you out right next to a coliseum with a boss. That felt right to me, so that was the path I stuck with.
In this way, I feel the Dark Souls roots, but unlike Dark Souls, the art style is too basic to communicate transitions very effectively. I’m sure it’s a limitation of the budget.