Dark Souls News

Nintendo Switch is getting Dark Souls Remastered

Nintendo Switch is getting Dark Souls Remastered

UPDATE: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One versions confirmed too.

UPDATE 2.35pm: Dark Souls Remastered has unsurprisingly just been confirmed for non-Nintendo Switch platforms as well.

It will arrive on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on the same day - 25th May.

ORIGINAL STORY 2.00pm: FromSoftware's legendary Dark Souls will get a new lease of life on Nintendo Switch.

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Bandai Namco launches a Dark Souls clothing line, but...

Dark Souls publisher Bandai Namco has launched a clothing line promoting From Software's action-RPG series. However, it looks like this:

That's the pattern on a hoodie, but the other clothing in Bandai Namco's line-up is equally ill-befitting of From's fantasy franchise. The "screamo" ska-punk aesthetic clashes wildly with the ethereal aesthetic of Dark Souls. "It's soul farming time"? Who says that? "Back stab"? That's not even part of a witty phrase. And don't even get me started on "keep dying" overlaid atop an Xbox gamepad.

There have been other Dark Souls shirts that better capture the series' feel - or are at least more fashionable. Meat Bun has featured a few unofficial Dark Souls shirts that are pretty stylish, though the only one in its current catalogue portrays Nito.

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Dark Souls to receive Xbox One backwards compatibility

UPDATE: Pre-order bonus for Dark Souls 3 confirmed, priced.

UPDATE 16/02/2015 4.43pm: The Xbox Marketplace listing for Dark Souls 3 - including the pre-order bonus of backwards compatible Dark Souls - has surfaced for the UK. The core game costs £49.99 or you can snag the Deluxe Edition with the Season Pass for £69.74.

Twitch completes Dark Souls

After modding it into a turn-based game.

Six weeks ago thousands of players took to playing the same game of Dark Souls, simultaneously, over Twitch. As you would expect, this poor Chosen Undead's rampant case of multiple personality disorder made them unable to even get past the starting area. At one point they destroyed their only weapon after smashing it against a wall too many times. Things were not going well, to put it mildly. So channel TwitchPlaysDark modded the game to make it a turn-based affair.

Streaming video service Twitch has allowed thousands of players to play the same game before with Twitch Plays Pokémon, an experiment later applied to Metal Gear, and now Twitch has faced its greatest challenge yet: Dark Souls.

Dark Souls series sales surpass 8.5 million

The brilliant Dark Souls series has surpassed 8.5m sales, and more than 3.25m of those were on PC.

The numbers come from a Japanese presentation by From Software, reported by Famitsu and relayed/made sense of on NeoGAF.

According to the numbers:

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Dark Souls PC patch removes region lock

Dark Souls PC patch removes region lock

Prepare to die together.

Dark Souls' PC port, dubbed Prepare to Die Edition, has removed its region lock.

"A nice fix is available for all players since January 19th 2015 to completely remove the infamous multiplayer region lock in Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition," publisher Bandai Namco said on Steam.

The publisher confirmed to Eurogamer that this was posted by a developer and is an official patch. One need only launch the game in Steam with auto-update enabled to enjoy Dark Souls in its newly region unlocked splendor.

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It's the last day of the Steam Sale

"And we've brought back the most popular deals."

Got any money left? It's the last day of the venerated Steam Sale, dubbed "Encore Day", for which the most popular deals have been brought back.

Dark Souls mod makes enemies horrifyingly aggressive

Rearranges their placement and you can't run from them.

Thought Dark Souls was too easy? Or perhaps too predictable upon your umpteenth playthrough? Well I've got just the thing for you, young grasshopper, as a modder JITD has tweaked the game to make enemies vastly more aggressive and unrelenting.

Prior to its dark fantasy action/RPG hit Demon's Souls, developer From Software made the similarly sadistic first-person King's Field series. Now, YouTube user Soul Slasher has reimagined From's latest hit, Dark Souls, with this classic perspective in a new mod.

Dark Souls worldwide sales total 2.3 million

Dark Souls worldwide sales total 2.3 million

Sequel to be released on Xbox 360 in Japan for first time.

Dark Souls has now sold more than 2.3 million copies worldwide, developer From Software has announced.

Company boss Eiichi Nakajima announced the figure on stage this week at an event for Japanese press, attended by Gpara (thanks, NeoGAF).

A Japanese release of sequel Dark Souls 2 on Xbox 360 was also confirmed. It's the first time the series has appeared for Microsoft's console in the region.

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Miyazaki won't be directly involved in Dark Souls 2, doesn't want too many sequels

Miyazaki won't be directly involved in Dark Souls 2, doesn't want too many sequels

"The concept of time and the existence of time is something that will be key to Dark Souls 2.”

Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki revealed that he won't be directly involved in the production of Dark Souls 2.

We knew he'd handed of the directing reins to Tomohiro Shibuya and Yui Tanimura, and that Miyazaki would be hanging around in a supervisor position, but it was unclear what exactly that entailed. In a recent interview with Edge, Miyazaki clarified that he would hardly be involved in the game's development at all.

"I will not be involved in the actual development of Dark Souls 2," he said. "I want to clarify that I will be a supervisor, not the actual director or producer."

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Dark Souls 2 officially announced

Dark Souls 2 officially announced

UPDATE: Coming to PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Update: According to publisher Namco Bandai's Czech announcement (translated into English via Google), Dark Souls 2 is coming to PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. (Thanks, Eurogamer.cz!)

From Software will be developing again with series creator Hidetaka Miyazaki overseeing production alongside director Tomohiro Shibuya, who worked on the Monster Hunter series.

"Dark Souls 2 will offer loyal fans exactly the kind of demanding challenges and never-ending struggle that became the hallmark of this whole series," said the publisher.

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Dark Souls' director reveals the pendant's true purpose

"I actually had a little bit of an intention to play a prank.”

Upon beginning a new game in Dark Souls you're offered the chance to pick a starting "gift" to help you on your travels. These range from very useful, like a master key that can unlock any door, to forgettable, like 10 fire bombs. The most mysterious item was the pendant as its in-game description read, "Trinket. No effect, but fond memories comfort travelers."

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition gets a new Gamescom trailer

Namco Bandai has released a new trailer for From Software's Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition - shown below.

The upcoming PC release - due on 24th August - will contain the new Artorias of the Abyss expansion, which will also be available as DLC for the console versions at an unspecified date.

The new trailer shows off a few new bosses - or at least I think they're bosses - it's hard to tell when the main game has hydras the size of a football field as regular enemies.

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Dark Souls sells over a million in the West

Dark Souls sells over a million in the West

Ace Combat, Soulcalibur 5 sales in.

From Software's superb action role-playing game Dark Souls sold over a million copies in the West, Namco Bandai has revealed.

That's 1.19 million units on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Europe and the US, to be exact. Japan sales aren't included because there the game was published by From Software itself in collaboration with Sony Computer Entertainment Japan.

Shifting over a million units in the West alone can only be considered a success, and with the upcoming PC release set to add to that tally, From Software is no doubt celebrating. A sequel - or at least a spiritual successor - can't be far off.

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Dark Souls PC release date announced, Games For Windows Live support confirmed

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition launches for PC on 24th August, publisher Namco Bandai has announced.

The expanded take on From Software's acclaimed action RPG will support Games For Windows Live. There's been no mention of a console DLC release for the new content.

Check out the new trailer below for a glimpse of some of the new bosses and areas added to the game. We'll have more details from Namco's reveal event in Las Vegas soon.

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Dark Souls PC confirmed in German magazine

Dark Souls PC confirmed in German magazine

Prepare to Die Edition adds new bosses.

From Software's beloved action RPG Dark Souls is coming to PC, according to a reveal in German games magazine PC Action.

Dubbed the Prepare to Die Edition, it'll apparently be exactly the same game that launched on consoles last year, but with the addition of two new bosses: Guardian of the Tomb and the Black Dragon. There's no mention of whether the new content will also be made available to console gamers.

According to a summary of the article posted on NeoGAF, the new version will support game pads and be on shelves this August.

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Dark Souls dev sorry for frame-rate issues, uncertain on sequel

Dark Souls dev sorry for frame-rate issues, uncertain on sequel

"We don't know if the users will forgive us."

Dark Souls developer From Software has admitted to "technical difficulties" which cause troubling frame-rate issues in its hard-as-nails role-player.

From Software felt out of its depth with the game's huge scope, Dark Souls' creative director Hidetaka Miyazaki revealed to Edge.

"Yes, there were technical difficulties," Miyazaki said. "I don't believe that it's okay to have them, but realistically speaking, it was quite a large-scale game - even in terms of budget and expectations.

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Dark Souls patch 1.05 released, notes

Dark Souls patch 1.05 released, notes

Out now on PS3 and Xbox 360.

Dark Souls patch version 1.05 has been released.

US members of the Dark Souls forum confirm they have downloaded the patch. And on both platforms, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Eurogamer can confirm that a Dark Souls patch is available to download in the UK on Xbox 360 now.

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Namco Bandai records big half-year profit

Fuelled by strong software sales in Japan.

Publisher Namco Bandai has announced healthy profits for the first half of this financial year, boosted by strong software sales for a number of Japanese titles.

Dark Souls worldwide sales: 1.5 million shipped

Dark Souls worldwide sales: 1.5 million shipped

Impressive enough for a third game?

More than 1.5 million copies of Dark Souls have been shipped to shops around the world, publisher Namco Bandai has announced.

They haven't, therefore, necessarily been sold.

North America has the largest amount of copies (620,000), followed by Europe (470,000) and then Japan (370,000), Andrisang reported.

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UK top 40: FIFA denies Rage, Dark Souls

But newcomers debut strongly.

Phenomenally popular football game FIFA 12 has beaten strong opposition from newcomers Rage and Dark Souls this week to remain top of the UK all-formats software chart.

Out This Week - 07/10/11

Rage! Dark Souls! NBA! Cursed!

It's been a long time coming. This week meaty shooter Rage emerges from the vaults of id Software - the makers of Doom, Quake and Castle Wolfenstein, no less.

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.

Dark Souls October release date

Dark Souls October release date

UPDATE: European launch confirmed.

Update: Namco Bandai has confirmed a 7th October European release date for Dark Souls.

Original story: Dark Souls - the spiritual successor to wickedly wonderful action RPG Demon's Souls - has a release date: 4th October.

The 4th October date comes at the end of a new Dark Souls video for E3 (posted below).

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Dark Souls Collector's Edition detailed

Deluxe set to cost same as standard game.

Forthcoming action RPG Dark Souls is getting a lavish Collector's Edition, and it won't cost you a penny more than the standard game, publisher Namco Bandai has announced.

Dark Souls 1.5x as big as Demon's Souls

Explore and set own side-quests.

Sequels tend to be bigger (even when they're called spiritual successors) - so how much bigger is Dark Souls than Demon's Souls? Half as big again, game director Hidetaka Miyazaki has revealed.

Dark Souls almost called Dark Race

Dark Ring discounted too.

Dark Souls, From Software's spiritual sequel to PlayStation 3 sleeper hit Demon's Souls, was almost called Dark Race, producer Hidetaka Miyazaki has revealed.

Miyazaki up for doing Dark Souls NGP

"It won't be a straight port if we do it."

Hidetaka Miyazaki, the man behind Demon's Souls, has said he'd be interested in producing an instalment in the series for the Sony NGP.

Dark Souls plans late 2011 release date

Dark Souls plans late 2011 release date

Miyazaki: Expect to die a lot.

Dark Souls, the much-anticipated spiritual successor to From Software's acclaimed 2009 RPG Demon's Souls, will launch in Europe and the US in late 2011 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, publisher Namco Bandai has confirmed.

The announcement came during the publisher's Ignite event in San Francisco, which saw producer and director Hidetaka Miyazaki showing off several maps during a gameplay demo.

These included one set in the grounds of some ruins and another in a gloomy castle. There was also a lava level on show, plus a map set in a stony fortress full of booby traps and obstacles to overcome.

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Dark Souls harder than Demon's Souls

Difficulty "greatly increased".

PS3 action RPG Demon's Souls was infamous for - and defined by - being bastard hard. Bravely, developer From Software has decided to make PS3 and Xbox 360 successor Dark Souls (formerly codenamed Project Dark) even harder.

Will Project Dark come to Europe?

"Wait and see," says Namco Bandai.

From Software's Project Dark, announced at the Tokyo Game Show as a 2011 PlayStation 3 exclusive, may see a European release, Namco Bandai has teased.