Dark Souls II, the surprise sequel announced on December 8th on the Spike TV Video Game Awards, is going to be tough, its creators promised in a press release. That's to be expected. But here's a surprise: the series' creator, From Software's Hidetaka Miyazaki, will serve only as a supervisor on the sequel, while the game will actually be co-directed by From's Tomohiro Shibuya and Yui Tanimura. 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.

So what to make of this bit from the press release about Dark Souls II? "Players seeking to share their experience will discover a revamped server-based multiplayer mode that will put a distinct Dark Souls II twist on the concept of playing with others."

The game's publisher, Namco, is promising a game full of "unrelenting challenge."

Collector's edition and black armour edition (aka pre-order edition) have been announced. Black armour edition contains metal case and soundtrack. Collector's edition contains black armour edition, 30 cm/12" warrior knight figurine,art book and authentic cloth game map.

Release date:
USA: 03/11/2014
EU: 14/03/2014
ASIA: 13/03/2014
PC: ??/03/2013 (Said to be released "soon after" the console versions)

Source: Kotaku

Official Site: http://www.darksoulsii.com

Initial Gameplay Concepts

  • The game is not a direct sequel to Dark Souls.
  • As the game's protagonist, the players will embark on a journey to remove from themselves the affliction of a curse.
  • Bonfires and covenants return, as do gestures.
  • The difficulty level will remain, with the focus staying on learning from death to overcome challenges. The variety in ways to die has been prioritized but the focus is still on fairness.
  • Story will be presented in the same fashion as Demon's and Dark, unobtrusive and discoverable by players who wish to dig deeper.
  • Confusion over the usage of the word "accessible" has been clarified. What From means to do is streamline the tediousness by trimming the fat. There will be less backtracking and excessive traveling. Not being able to warp until later in the first game was a specific example cited.
  • While characters will not be able to be carried over from Dark Souls into the sequel, the directors mentioned some content will carry over although it is not entirely clear what or how.
  • Next gen was discussed and rumored still but the director has said it will be current gen to deliver the game to fans sooner.
  • A new graphics engine was created to address framerate issues and give the development team an extra tool in creating atmosphere. PC will run at 60 fps and Console versions will run at 30 fps.
  • Online interaction will be server based to facilitate unique experiences. It is unclear as of yet if they will be region based or not.
  • Environment traversal will encourage the player to go deeper into areas in darkness. A torch system has been implemented to provide light during these portions.
  • Mist will perform the same gateway function that fog walls performed in Demon's Souls and Dark Souls.
  • The goal is to get the players to feel the emotional fright of areas and to also have enemies elicit emotions in the players.
  • Key Mouths that trigger in game events are also a new addition.
  • Gameplay vids showed player using items and firing an arrow while walking.
  • Enemies were shown with the ability to backdrop and throw their weapon at players.
  • The player character was able to cycle through three pieces of equipment in each hand, and his roll speed seemed to be determined by which weapons he had equipped, rather than his total equipment burden. This is a peculiar departure from the first two Souls games, wherein all equipped items counted toward your roll speed. It is also entirely possible that the roll speed of the character is based upon the over-all weight of equipment visible on the player. This would mean that if equipment is in a slot but not in the main hand it may not count towards the player's total weight.
  • Healing gems that regen health slowly are a new feature and will drop from enemies. It is unclear how common they will be. From the various gameplay demos and the network test, lifegems seem to be very common drops, though it is possible that this was only to make the demos and beta easier.
  • Dual wield class will have a power stance initiated instead of two handing a weapon.
  • Backstabs return although the animation seems to have changed. Remains to be seen how it affects other weapons.
  • Kick has been replaced with a shoulder shunt.
  • From has said starting classes have changed. The game will monitor your stat allocation and suggest a class based on your trajectory.


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