A new and ambitious mod for Dark Souls 1 has reignited the game's community after surprise-launching this week.
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.
The Dark Souls series is getting a limited edition vinyl soundtrack this autumn.
Dedicated Dark Souls fan and YouTuber Katapultoffel has recreated the opening level of From Software's classic action-RPG in LittleBigPlanet 3.
Dark Souls and Bloodborne developer From Software is already beginning work on a new IP, according to a translated interview with Chinese outlet GGN Gamer.
UPDATE 16/05/2016 10pm: The Dark Souls board game Kickstarter campaign has ended with a final tally of $5,342,789.
Dark Souls is getting an official board game courtesy of Steamforged Games.
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.
Last year the blacksmiths at Baltimore Knife and Sword made a working replica of Bloodborne's transforming "Saw Cleaver" weapon and now they've taken it upon themselves to manifest a real-life version of Dark Souls' Greatsword of Artorias.
Dark Souls and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 have received backwards compatibility on Xbox One.
Dedicated Dark Souls player The_Happy_Hobbit has done the unthinkable and completed From Software's notoriously challenging action-RPG without taking a single hit.
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.
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.
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:
Bloodborne and Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki has revealed his favourite boss from the "Souls" series. And what do you know: it's from Demon's Souls.
From Software might have already made games that inspired the Souls series, but history wasn't adding up to much when Demon's Souls was first in development (around 2006). Internally, it was considered a failure.
If you thought fighting monsters with a horn was bats*** crazy, then try besting Dark Souls with a set of bongo controllers. Because that's what dedicated player Bearzly just did.
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.
UPDATE 27/01/2015 11.17pm: Yet another Dark Souls speedrun record has been set, only this time it's in a different category.
UPDATE: Unconfirmed reports indicate this was a mistake on Bandai Namco's part.
UPDATE 15th DECEMBER 9.19pm: The option to migrate your Dark Souls data from Games for Windows Live to Steamworks in now available.
If you thought Dark Souls was hard before, try playing From Software's classic using only a guitar controller.
Dark Souls publisher Namco Bandai has clarified that the original Dark Souls "will remain fully functional on Games for Windows Live for the foreseeable future".
A newspaper report linking the stabbing of a Leeds teacher to video game Dark Souls has been disputed.
From Software, developer of Dark Souls and Dark Souls 2, has been bought out by Japanese publisher Kadokawa.
From Software's cult classic Dark Souls now has its very own themed cafe in Tokyo.
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.
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: Design Works, a 128 page hardcover tome feature concept art for the fan-favourite action-RPG, will be making its way to both Europe and North America on 12th November.
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.
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."
Dark Souls stands apart from everything else and it's brilliant for it. So when new game director Tomohiro Shibuya said he'd like Dark Souls 2 to be "more straightforward and more understandable" well he sure gave us the willies.
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.
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."
You may have to play through Dark Souls again if you want to access the £10 Artorias of the Abyss DLC.
The new and additional Dark Souls: Artorias of the Abyss content will be released on Xbox Live and PSN on 24th October, Namco Bananas has said.
Dark Souls' dodgy PC port has been upgraded a second time by fans keen on enhancing the much-loved adventure.
Earlier this week we reported that Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki was considering adding "another difficulty that everyone can complete," as per the creator's comments in an interview with the Metro.
Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki is contemplating adding an easy mode to From Software notoriously difficult action-RPG.
Pork bun-munching Hong Kong adventure Sleeping Dogs has seen off THQ challenger Darksiders 2 to remain top of the UK all-format chart.
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition is coming to PS3 and Xbox 360 on 26th October, Namco Bandai has announced.
A fan-made mod for Dark Souls on PC has fixed the game's rendering resolution.
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.
Update: Publisher Namco Bandai has contacted Eurogamer and classed the below as a "listing error". The PC version of Dark Souls will not support in-game chat.
Dark Souls developer From Software is having a torrid time getting its beloved action RPG up and running on PC and has confirmed it isn't including any optimisations for desktop gamers.
That settles it - Dark Souls PC will be available on Steam, and the game's extra content will be offered on console.
Gear of War creator Cliff Bleszinski has spoken out against Japanese game developers for ignoring multiplayer options.
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.
Microsoft has reaffirmed that maligned PC service Games for Windows - Live service is here to stay.
As revealed last week, PC gamers picking up From Software's phenomenal action RPG Dark Souls in August can expect a sizeable chunk of brand new content to plough through.
The PC version of Dark Souls may not be restricted to Games for Windows Live, Namco Bandai has said.
Thousands have signed an anti-Games for Windows Live Dark Souls PC petition.
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.
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.
Simultaneously, Namco Bandai teased a Dark Souls Facebook announcement and Australian magazine PC PowerPlay teased a forthcoming issue with the tell-tale Dark Souls death message "You Died".
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.
An online petition campaigning for a PC version of Dark Souls has caused enough commotion to be noticed by publisher Namco Bandai.
A DLC expansion for From Software's brutal-but-brilliant action RPG Dark Souls is on its way, according to EGM.
An online movement calling for a belated PC release for From Software PS3/Xbox 360 action RPG Dark Souls is gathering pace.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 roared to the top of the Japanese software chart in its debut week, shifting a very impressive 279,567 copies.
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.
The achievement list for From Software's Dark Souls has gone live, courtesy of Xbox360Achievements.org.
Immortalise your commitment to Dark Souls by designing a shield that will be offered as post-launch downloadable content.
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).
This year's Eurogamer Expo will be the biggest yet, with our doors open for longer than ever before.
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 won't be broken into levels and stages like Demon's Souls, so where do you respawn? At one of the new Beacon Fires.
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' developer From Software has no plans to release a demo for the game prior to its release.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
The next game from Demon's Souls developer From Software is a dark fantasy game called... Wait for it... Project Dark.