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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Dark Souls II
Three new chapters have been announced for Dark Souls II. Bandai Namco has announced that FromSoftware is currently developing three downloadable packs, dubbed the The Lost Crowns trilogy: Crown of the Sunken King, Crown of the Old Iron King, and Crown of the Ivory King. The packs will drop on July 22, August 26, and September 24. Each will be available separately for $9.99 for console and PC and as a bundle for $24.99 as part of a Steam season pass for PC. The packs will add new areas, enemies, and bosses, with the first entry tasking players with exploring underground caverns dotted with pyramids in search of the crowns once owned by King Vendrick.
PC gamers now get their turn to rage at the pitiless void with the launch of Dark Souls II. Available through Steam, the follow-up to the 2011 original features the same type of enigmatic storyline, surreal environments, and action-RPG-style gameplay as its predecessor. The PC version also features increased texture resolution, an improved frame rate, and support for keyboard-and-mouse controls and gamepads.
Bandai Namco has announced a slew of new titles across all platforms. Some of the highlights include the development of Grid Autosport for 360, PC, and PS3, the localization of both Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment and Tales of Hearts R for PS Vita, and details about Tales of Xillia 2’s $130 Collector’s Edition. Additional info about each of those, and more, can be found below. We’ve also posted some new screenshots from the free-to-play PSN release Ace Combat Infinity, the PC version of Dark Souls II, and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle for PS3.
The 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Dark Souls II are now in stores. The famed tough-as-nails action-RPG series, which began in 2010 with the Atlus-published Demon’s Souls, returns with the same controller-gripping difficult, integrated multiplayer, and grim atmosphere that has made it such a hit. Series creator FromSoftware continues their role at the helm, adding to the sequel “improved visuals, life-like animations and dynamic lighting” while retaining “the game’s core tenants to provide challenging gameplay and deliver true emotional elation from each hard-fought victory.”
Namco Bandai has handed PC gamers their marching orders to be suited up to take down Dark Souls II on April 25. The PC version can be pre-ordered today from Amazon, ClubNamco, Steam, and GameStop as either a standard edition or as a collector’s edition, though the latter isn’t available through Steam. Pre-ordering will allow access to the Black Armor Weapons Pack, detailed below, as well as a digital artbook, a download of the soundtrack, and a digital comic book. Additionally, the computer version will feature higher texture resolution and increased framerates, plus support for gamepads.
A new Dark Souls II trailer has been released to help steel the anxious adventurer. The new footage, titled Hollow Lullaby, runs for over a little over a minute and reveals only a few more snippets of what will be awaiting players on March 11. Nothing like a virtual pat on the back to let you know that you’re in for some pain.
Namco Bandai has announced that gamers who pre-order Black Souls II Black Armor Edition or the Collector’s Edition will receive a voucher for the Black Armor Weapons Pack. The set, detailed below, includes five weapon and shield sets, with kit ranging from maces to daggers, such as the Yellow Quartz Longsword and Yellow Quartz Shield and the Transgressor’s Staff and Transgressor’s Leather Shield. The release emphasized that the voucher will not be included in the standard version.
Following the release of yesterday’s Curse trailer, Namco Bandai has released over a dozen new screenshots from Dark Souls II. The new shots feature all that is the Souls series: exploration, monsters, magic, and combat. Oh, and of course, some weird-looking characters.
Dark Souls II edges ever closer to release, and today, Namco Bandai has released a new trailer showing more of what FromSoftware and company have in store. The latest video, Cursed, shows nearly three minutes of new gameplay footage, including some of the monsters that will need to be bested and skills mastered as part of the grueling campaign.