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Bandai Namco released opening cinematic from Dark Souls III

Dark Souls III’s intro has been released by Bandai Namco. FromSoftware’s upcoming action role-playing game will once again pit players against streams of diabolical traps and deadly, though quite nice-looking, enemies. The video highlights the characters that players will run across as they fight their way throughout the land of Lothric.

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Dark Souls III multiplayer screenshots, character art released

Bandai Namco has released a new set of screenshots of the multiplayer component from Dark Souls III. The 10 shots highlight the staples of the series, including dark spirit invasions, co-op summoning, bloodstains that replay a player’s death, messages left by others, and phantoms of others running through the same area. Several art pieces were also released for a number of builds: Academy Assassin, Herald of White, Northern Warrior, and Wandering Knight.

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Dark Souls III to launch next April, new gameplay video, screens up

FromSoftware’s next entry in the Souls line will launch next April, according to Bandai Namco. Dark Souls III, scheduled to ship for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, will task players with trekking through a new realm to learn its mysteries as they battle the Lords of Cinder. Skills will also be introduced, which will add attack modifiers to each weapon type that can result in anything from enemies being knocked out of guard to more powerful swings. A new gameplay trailer and screenshots were also released, check them out below.

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Dark Souls III announced for PC, PS4, and Xbox One

Bandai Namco has officially revealed FromSoftware’s next title, Dark Souls III. The “dark and brooding fantasy adventure” is scheduled to launch in early 2016 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Not much else was revealed about the upcoming journey, other than it will be similar to the previous games, with players traveling throughout an interconnected world, avoiding traps, searching out secrets, and battlings monsters and beasts. Though there is a bit of a twist this time around, as players are trying to avoid a looming apocalypse.

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FromSoftware’s latest action-RPG Bloodborne out now for PS4

FromSoftware’s follow-up to Dark Souls 2, Bloodborne, is now available for PS4. The system exclusive sports a similar tone and atmosphere to the Souls series, once again pitting players against hordes of monsters in a foreboding land filled with danger. This time, players must venture through the city of Yharnam in the midst of a deadly outbreak that has led to the streets being filled with crazed citizens and strange monsters, as well as into a constantly changing labyrinth known as the Chalice Dungeon. Combat is a bit different this time around, though, as guns can now be used, which fits nicely with the new Victorian Era theme.

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Dark Souls: Prepare to Die to migrate from GFWL to Steam in Nov.

Bandai Namco has announced that they are working with FromSoftware to allow gamers to migrate Dark Souls: Prepare to Die, along with its saves and achievements, from Games for Windows Live to Steam. The process has already begun, but the migration period will not being until November. Full details are below, but gamers can start by heading to Xbox Support to learn about how they can get the Token that is required to activate their copy on Steam. Save data and Achievements will be transferable during a specific period, but tokens can still be redeemed after the period ends.

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Dark Souls II: Crown of the Old King launches for console, PC

Crown of the Old Iron King, the second part in Dark Soul II’s The Lost Crowns downloadable three-part mini-campaign, is now available. The add-on is available for 360, PC, and PS3, supplementing the original game with new enemies, bosses, gear, and locations. Unlike its grim subterranean predecessor, Crown of the Sunken King, Crown of the Old King takes place in the same type of lave-filled and ash-strewn environment as the foreboding Iron Keep from the original game. (Hint: the DLC might be accessible from there.)

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Dark Souls II launches on Steam, now available for PC

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.

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Dark Souls II now out for 360 and PS3, break out the stress balls

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.”

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Dark Souls II launching for PC on April 25, screenshots released

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.

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