Namco Bandai announced the release date for the highly-anticipated sequel to Dark Souls at the company’s Tokyo Game Show event. The two launch dates are indicative of the game’s release on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360; Namco said that a release for the PC would come shortly after the release of the console versions.
In addition to the release date announcement, Namco revealed an exciting piece of news for true Dark Souls fans. Along with the standard edition of the game, a “Black Armor” and Collector’s Edition of Dark Souls 2 was shown. The Black Armor edition of Dark Souls 2 comes with a free collectible metal case and the game’s soundtrack CD with a pre-order. The Collector’s edition of the game will include the contents of the Black Armor edition along with an authentic cloth game map, collectible art book and a 12″ Warrior Knight figurine.
A new trailer for Dark Souls 2, titled “Aching Bones” was also released and shows off some new gameplay and difficult foes that will certainly challenge even the most veteran of players. The trailer follows a handful of character classes attempting to slay a certain enemy. Knights, mages and assassins fall at the hands of their foes and are only beat by a stronger class. The trailer ends with one character using magic and weapons to finally defeat a powerful foe. Fluid and complex combat along with a number of deaths are definitely the focus of the trailer which also sports the game’s tagline “Go Beyond Death.”
Dark Souls 2 does little to stray from its predecessor’s DNA which, considering the acclaim Dark Souls received, is a good thing. Despite coming out well after the release of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Dark Souls 2 is a fantastic looking game and will give players plenty of reasons to hold on to their old consoles.
Check out the “Aching Bones” trailer below.