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Dark Souls dev punishing early birds

Nasty surprise for street date busters.

Dark Souls developer From Software has a vicious surprise in wait for anyone who manages to get hold of the game ahead of its published release date.

According to Japanese blog Esuteru, as deciphered by Edge, the studio is sending max-level Black Phantoms into the games of anyone who shouldn't be playing the game yet to deal out all manner of havoc.

The beasts' stats are set at a fearsome level 145, with 1900HP and all abilities at the maximum 99.

Best hold off booting up that promo copy until 7th October then.

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