Namco Bandai has today announced that Dark Souls II will be available to buy from March 14th for PS3 and Xbox 360 – which we already knew – and April 25th for PC.
Via a press release, the publisher has stated that the PC version will make up for the slight delay by having better texture quality and an enhanced framerate – something which will no doubt come as a relief to those who bought the first game on PC, only to find that it was locked to 720p and 30fps. In addition, FROM software has been working diligently to ensure that the game works just as well with mouse and keyboard as it does with a controller.
Furthermore, the press release goes on to state that: “As for console, and while supplies last, fans preordering the game will receive the Black Armour Edition – containing an Exclusive Metal Case, the Original Game Soundtrack and an early access to the Black Armour Weapon Set – or if preordered on STEAM® fans will get bonuses – digital soundtrack and the early access to the Black Armour Weapon Set, the Official Dark Souls™ II Artbook in PDF format and The complete Dark Souls™ II Digital Comic Book (written by Rob Williams and Andi Ewington with art provided by Simon Coleby) as digital extras for a complete immersion in the universe of DARK SOULS™ II“
The original Dark Souls was itself a “spiritual successor” to the PS3-exclusive Demon’s Souls, which was itself a spiritual successor to the King’s Field series of gamers. Players select an avatar and class, and traverse a vast open-world environment where danger – and death – lurk around every corner. While the game enjoyed a punishing difficulty level, it was never unfair.
Despite tweaks to the new game’s mechanics, including health drops, developer FROM Software has stated that, if anything, the sequel is even more difficult than its predecessor. We’ll soon find out for ourselves when the game is released this month.
In addition, new screenshots have been released of the PC version – which you can see below – and a new trailer has been released – which you can see above.