Welcome to the official *Dark Souls 2 Information Thread*!
Where all things Dark Souls collide, mix up, and emerge as wonderful anxiety-generating game - release expectations!
Updated September 30th.
FROM Software released a video today showcasing an upcoming DLC trilogy for Dark Souls II.
The DLC, projected to be released in episodic segments beginning on July 22nd, will be available on Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.
Episode 1: Crown of the Sunken King is slated for a July 22 release, followed by Episode 2: Crown of the Old Iron King on August 26 and Episode 3: Crown of the Ivory King on September 24.
All episodes will be either $9.99 a piece, or you can get a Dark Souls II Season Pass for $24.99.
“The Crown of the Sunken King sends players on a quest to reclaim the Crown that King Vendrick once owned,” according to the video’s description. “With an entirely new areas to explore within the Dark Souls 2 universe, players will find pyramids, underground caverns, and unknown foes. It is said that the Ancient Crown is buried deep below the surface, but surely it cannot sit unguarded?”
Dark Souls 2 is the sequel (or prequel) to the critically acclaimed Dark Souls. Following its origins in Demon's Souls, a game of unforgiving nature and heart-breaking challenge, the game quickly became touted as a "Maso game" in Japan, and its international release was expected to be mediocre. But gamers proved we love a challenge and that word of mouth can go a long way, carrying a game with little marketing all the way to sell over a million copies. This new installment has some significant changes to the composition of the development team, with director Miyazaki being replaced by Yui Tanimura and Tomohiro Shibuya, who worked on series such as Monster Hunter.
Shibuya's comments about the game don't shed a whole lot of light on the sequel, other than to indicate that the new title will be faithful to the older ones but also introduce new things (as expected, of course). "This new chapter in the Dark Souls saga presents opportunities for us to drive innovation in gameplay design, develop an entirely new story, and expand the scope of the world in which the player interacts with the game. We have taken these necessary steps with Dark Souls II in order to evolve the overall experience of the Dark Souls series...the entire development team is striving to make Dark Souls II an experience that is fresh while not forsaking its roots in presenting players with challenging gameplay. Our goal is to surprise and delight our fans with new experiences and plot twists while enticing new players to join our dark journey."
According to the game's publisher, the new game "will feature a new hero, a new storyline, and an unfamiliar world for players to survive in while delivering its signature brand of unrelenting punishment that players hunger for." It seems that multiplayer is going to be tweaked as well. Demon's Souls and Dark Souls had an unusual multiplayer system that allowed users to do everything from leaving quest hints for each other to invading each other's games.
Initial Gameplay Concepts
We don't know yet! Find out more details as they are unveiled in the wiki!
Trophy list reveals key secrets: http://darksouls2.wiki.fextralife.com/Trophy+and+A
Detailed Info about the game on the wiki:
Full data on items and their descriptions and images on the wiki's blog.
Beta Testing: US tickets coming soon!
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Simply download the Dark Souls II Beta Registration Ticket from PlayStation Store. It can be found in the ‘Games’ section under the ‘Latest releases’ tab.
Developed by FromSoftware and due on PlayStation 3 in March 2014, Dark Souls II is the highly anticipated sequel to the punishing 2011 break-out hit. The unique old-school action RPG experience captivated the imaginations of gamers worldwide with its incredibly challenging gameplay and intense emotional reward.
WHEN?!?!?! When are the US beta tickets coming?
Been checking every day
60FPS on PC? D@mn, now I'm not sure will I get it for PC or PS3. :/
I REALLY liked playing Dark Souls on PC, ran so smoothly. I still bought the DLC for PS3 though, so I could play with few of my friends.
The NA beta seems to depend on Sony for the moment... Namco's Community Manager showed up on Reddit and added a FAQ: Full Details Here
Q: Once I redeem the code and download the client am I guaranteed access for later testing rounds?
Q: What happens if I can’t redeem the code?
A: That means that particular testing round is full.
Q: Will you be able to tell us the exact time that the download will be available?
A: That’s the plan, yes.
Q: Is there a way to register so that I definitely get a code?
A: No, there is no registration. But getting a code won’t be a problem. We’ll have
plenty of those if you don’t receive one from Sony. The only limiting factor will be how many other people redeem their codes.
Q: Why isn’t there a sign-up process?
A: We’re working with SCEA and this is the best way to run things from their end.
Q: If I don’t get into the Network Test will it be the end of the world?
A: Maybe… Who knows, man.
I’ll try to answer any questions here, but hopefully this fills in some of the information gaps. Facebook.com/DarkSouls will always have the latest information and you can always find me on Twitter if you have questions later: https://twitter.com/JKartje
I’m pretty new to this job, but I look forward to doing cool stuff with the Dark Souls community. I’m a pretty hardcore Souls fan myself.”
Thought I'd add this to this thread. Looks like a Dark Souls II graphic novel is coming out in January 2014. Seems cool; check it out here:
Reminding everyone that the next Beta Round is on October 27th!!!
You can find a full writeup on Beta Impressions from players here: http://fextralife.com/dark-souls-ii-beta-what-we-k
A video of one of the bosses here:
i got a mail last night about a new BETA testing this sunday, since i was able to participate in the last playstation+ Beta, so should i download a new file or should i keep playing on the one from last time on sunday? and is this playstation+ exclusive aswell?