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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.
A dozen new screenshots from Dark Souls II have been posted showing off the Covenant system. As a member of a covenant, players will be able to receive assistance from others against invading players (Way of Blue), automatically summon assistance from others (Blue Sentinels), offer sacrifice to the god of war Nahr Alma by invading other players’ worlds (Brotherhood of Blood), worship the sun by assisting others (Heirs to the Sun), and guard those bonded together (Bell Keepers). More covenants will be announced closer to launch.
Namco Bandai has released new screenshots from FromSoftware’s upcoming action RPG, Dark Souls II. The latest crop of a dozen-plus shots show more of the mulitplayer action, both player-versus-player and co-op, that’s in store for those brave—and/or masochistic—enough to venture back into the Souls series.
Namco Bandai has announced that the Dark Souls II beta that was scheduled for October 26 has been rescheduled for November 9. Those who have already downloaded the client will be able to play in the next round, which will run from 11:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. (PST). According to Namco Bandai, they have “worked with all parties concerned in the beta staging process to ensure that the November 9th beta round will commence on schedule and as promised.” New screenshots were released with the announcement and over a dozen posted, so be sure not to miss them below, PC and Xbox 360 gamers.