Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Dark Souls

E3 2013: Namco Bandai – Pac-Man CE DX+, Tekken Revolution, more

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Namco Bandai showed off a dozen titles at E3, many from their biggest franchises, and several of which are set to ship shortly. The full line-up features Armored Core: Verdict Day, Dark Souls II, One Piece Pirate Warriors 2, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, Pac-Man CE DX Plus, Pac-Man Museum, Power Rangers Megaforce, Project X Zone, Ridge Racer Driftopia, Tales of Xillia, and Tekken Revolution. Several of the highlights are detailed below.

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Dark Souls II shield design contest announced, screens released

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A new shield design contest has launched on Facebook for Dark Souls II. Gamers who want to see their work in-game can submit their shield designs between today and May 13 for the community to vote on. Voting will start on May 14 and end on May 20, and the entries with the most votes will be sent to FromSoftware for the final round of selection. The development team will choose six designs to appear in the game, and Namco Bandai will announce the winning artists at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.

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Dark Souls II announced for consoles and PC, trailer released

Namco Bandai will be bringing some more of that unique FromSoftware-style pain with Dark Souls II for 360, PC, and PS3. The upcoming action-adventure release will feature a new hero and story, as well as the return of multiplayer and the series’ traditional level of punishing difficulty.

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Dark Souls for 360, PS3 expands with Artorias of the Abyss DLC

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The extra content that was added to the Prepare to Die Edition of Dark Souls for PC, Artorias of the Abyss, has launched as DLC for 360 and PS3. The FromSoftware-developed expansion features a new quest that will see players setting out to battle the evils behind a darkness spreading from the forests of Oolacile, and a host of new content, including maps, bosses, enemies, weapons, and armor. The player vs. player component has also been improved, with gamers now able “to assemble battles against one another for all-out fights to the death.”

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DLC, PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition launches online for PC

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PC gamers finally get the chance to know a particular kind of pain today with the launch of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition for PC. Available on Steam and Impulse, the new version of FromSoftware’s action-RPG includes an enhanced online player-versus-player mode, as well as new environments, maps, bosses, enemies, loot, and non-playable characters. And then there’s the biggie: a new chapter set in the kingdom of Oolacile, where players must fight off the darkness that is slowly destroying the land.

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Dark Souls: Artorias of the Abyss DLC dated and detailed

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Dark Souls isn’t done with you quite yet. Namco Bandai has announced additional details about the upcoming DLC pack for FromSoftware’s action-RPG, Dark Souls: Artorias of the Abyss. The expansion will include a new chapter that will host new maps, environments, bosses, enemies, and non-playable characters. In the new adventure, players must venture out into the forests of Oolacile to investigate the origins of a darkness that is engulfing the lands. The pack will also include an online versus mode, pitting players against each other in matches of one versus one, two versus two, and four versus four.

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Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition heading to PC, hungry for tears

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Dark Souls, the game that wants only for your pitiful cries for mercy, is heading to the PC. Namco Bandai announced that they will be publishing Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition, an expanded version of FromSoftware’s crushing action-RPG. Set to launch on August 24, the Prepare to Die Edition will include an improved player-versus-player mode as well as a new chapter, Artorias of the Abyss, which will host new areas, enemies, and bosses.

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Dark Souls ready to make you break some 360, PS3 controllers

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From Software’s Dark Souls, follow-up to 2009’s Demon’s Souls, is now available for the 360 and PS3. The Namco Bandai-published action-RPG continues the original’s blend of off- and online play, with players joining in or hurting others as they make their way through the Northern Realms. And, of course, it’s difficult. Very difficult.

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PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Dark Souls – new screenshots released

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Dark Souls, the 360 and PS3 spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls, is only a few months out. To make sure October 4 is seared into gamers’ brains everywhere, Namco Bandai has sent along some additional screenshots to get everyone suitably excited for From Software’s follow-up.

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PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Dark Souls shield design contest announced

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This isn’t normally something we would bring to you good people, but A.) we loved (love) Demon’s Souls and B.) the idea of user-created shield emblems in a tough-as-nails RPG is awesome. With that said, Namco Bandai is running a Facebook contest for Dark Souls, the 360 and PS3 spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls, in which contestants submit shield designs from now until July 13 via Facebook.com – Dark Souls. The three winning designs will then be available as post-launch content, and their designers will receive both a copy of the limited edition version signed by game director Hidetaka Miyazaki and their name in the credits.

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Contests, PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News