Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: From Software

Dark Souls II Collector’s Edition and Black Armor editions announced

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Namco Bandai is sending gamers back to the Dark Souls universe in style with the recently announced Dark Souls II Collector’s Edition and Black Armor Pre-Order Edition. The Collector’s Edition will include a 12” Warrior Knight figurine, a hardcover art book, a color cloth map of the game world, a copy of the soundtrack, and the Black Armor edition’s metal case. As mentioned, the Black Armor Edition will include a special metal case, as well as a copy of the soundtrack, and is available as a free upgrade for those who pre-order. New screenshots were also released and are posted below.

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Dark Souls II closed beta announced for PS3, beginning October 5

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PlayStation 3 owners looking for an early dose of pain will be able to get their fix on October 5 when the Closed Beta test launches for Dark Souls II on PSN. Publisher Namco Bandai has announced that, starting September 5, eager adventurers can find out more info about the beta and registration process at the official Facebook page. The beta will feature one of the tougher areas of the game, as well as new enemies and traps.

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Armored Core: Verdict Day Club Namco Bundle announced for PS3

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A special version of Armored Core: Verdict Day for PlayStation 3 is now available for pre-order at clubNamco. The $149.99 premium release will include a copy of the game, the soundtrack, an art book, and a limited edition figurine of an Armored Core unit. Currently in development at series creator FromSoftware, Verdict Day will allow players to form squads of up to 20 combatants and enlist non-playable factions to battle for territory in a massive war that takes place on an off- or online persistent world.

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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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Armored Core: Verdict Day launching this summer for 360, PS3

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FromSoftware will be returning to the world of giant army-crushing robots this summer with Armored Core: Verdict Day for 360 and PS3. Publisher Namco Bandai announced that players will battle alone or in squads of up to 20 friends for the remaining scraps in a resource-starved, war-torn world. In-game factions can also be hired to lend a hand for solo pilots as they battle for territories controlled by other players in a persistent multiplayer mode.

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Demon’s Souls set to launch next week on PS Network

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For those Dark Souls fans who have yet to try its predecessor, the equally humbling Demon’s Souls, you will soon be able to snag a digital copy. Atlus has announced that, beginning next week on January 8, Demon’s Souls will be available on PSN for $19.99. To celebrate, Atlus will be hosting a World Tendency Event from January 8-14, which will set the servers to Pure White so that players can explore new areas and meet special non-playable characters.

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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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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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