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Dark Souls II announced

Dark Souls II announced

Prepare to die again and again as Dark Souls II has been announced by Namco Bandai. FromSoftware hardcore RPG will put players through the mill on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. No release date announced yet but more details coming soon.

Press release:



GREAT CHALLENGE AWAIT THE IRON-WILLED IN DARK SOULS™ II

FromSoftware Throws Down the Gauntlet to Gamers Seeking Unparalleled Adventure and Hard Fought Glory, Coming to PlayStation®3, Xbox 360® and PC


PARIS, FRANCE – December 8, 2012 – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe today announced that the critically acclaimed Dark Souls saga marches forward with Dark Souls™ II, currently in development at FromSoftware in Tokyo, Japan, for PlayStation®3, Xbox 360® and PC. Dark Souls II will continue a legacy of presenting its passionate fans with the kind of unrelenting challenges that have become a hallmark of the series, while presenting devilish new obstacles for players to overcome.

Built upon the foundation established by Souls series creator and Dark Souls II Supervisor, Hidetaka Miyazaki, with development helmed by FromSoftware Director Tomohiro Shibuya, Dark Souls II will feature a new hero, a new storyline, and an unfamiliar world for players to survive in while delivering the uncompromising challenge and ultimate sense of empowerment that players hunger for. Epic battles with gruesome enemies and blood-thirsty bosses await adventurers as they traverse and conquer a devastated world filled with death and despair. Players will also discover a revamped server based multiplayer experience that will put a distinct Dark Souls II twist on the concept of playing and sharing with others. For those with enough tenacity and sheer force of will, great rewards await.

“There are few games that are as rewarding for players as the Dark Souls series, and Dark Souls II will give every player that steps up to take the challenge a feeling of empowerment that they will never forget,” said Olivier Comte, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Distribution at NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe. “The game doesn’t accept compromise, and neither do the brilliant people at FromSoftware who will test their own tenacity as well as that of gamers in delivering us another gaming landmark.”

“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,” says Tomohiro Shibuya, FromSoftware Director on Dark Souls II. “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.”

More details surrounding Dark Souls II will become available in the months leading to its release. Begin your Dark Souls II journey at www.DarkSoulsII.com or join the Dark Souls II conversation on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DARKSOULS.

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Commented on 2012-12-10 15:51:51
Loved Demons Souls, I think is the Best Action RPG ever created, put something like 60-70 hours in it.

That being said I will not get hyped for this because I still need to play Dark Souls first, if is anything like Demons Souls Im pretty sure I will love it too.

THat being said, this trailer is beyong amazing.
Commented on 2012-12-10 15:53:33 In reply to IRAIPT0IR
GOTY!

No really, only half-Life 3 in 2013 would top this GOTY.
Commented on 2012-12-10 15:56:36 In reply to nostradamus
Posted by nostradamus
GOTY!

No really, only half-Life 3 in 2013 would top this GOTY.
is this not your second GOTY announcement for next year already?
Commented on 2012-12-10 15:59:29 In reply to ManThatYouFear
Posted by ManThatYouFear
is this not your second GOTY announcement for next year already?
make the list and i'll arrange it in order if you like.

So refreshing going trough the trailer and recognizing some locations, a bit altered, from the original Dark Souls. Anyone that was suspicious in the first second was sold half a minute into it.
Commented on 2012-12-10 16:40:08
Epic trailer
Commented on 2012-12-10 17:01:13
make multiplayer better so its possible to actually invite friends rather than go through tedious guess work, i'm in. Forcing people to play with strangers never makes for a better online experience.. thats if the net code works at all.
Commented on 2012-12-10 17:17:45 In reply to IRAIPT0IR
Posted by IRAIPT0IR
Loved Demons Souls, I think is the Best Action RPG ever created, put something like 60-70 hours in it.

That being said I will not get hyped for this because I still need to play Dark Souls first, if is anything like Demons Souls Im pretty sure I will love it too.
What are you doing here? Go play Dark Souls. It's superior to Demon Souls if you ask me, it feels a "bit" more polished in most areas and I especially like the world design a lot better than Demon Souls.

Like I said: What are you doing here!???
Commented on 2012-12-10 17:19:20
Only thing I like about it is the armor design and the environments, especially seeing both with the dragon in the snow, pure norse vibe...and Skyrim!
Love the design in this one, one of my favorites.

Yeah thats it lol
Commented on 2012-12-10 17:20:38 In reply to bleachedsmiles
Posted by bleachedsmiles
make multiplayer better so its possible to actually invite friends rather than go through tedious guess work, i'm in. Forcing people to play with strangers never makes for a better online experience..
nah thats just wrong, in the context of the game, creating covenants and going against bad players, or just plain evading, it's pretty much a stragers game. if the game added a option of be playing with friendd all the time over that, it would break the concept, i think.
Posted by bleachedsmiles
.. thats if the net code works at all.
in that you're right. can't make major game parts that are important, and having netcode connectivity fail half the time.

at leat it worked really smoothly when it connected, and that too was really important.
Commented on 2012-12-10 17:43:42
super psyched for this. i do hope they bring back some of the elements from demon's souls though, becasue i still like how that game worked more.
Commented on 2012-12-10 17:54:41 In reply to FireWire
Posted by FireWire
What are you doing here? Go play Dark Souls. It's superior to Demon Souls if you ask me, it feels a "bit" more polished in most areas and I especially like the world design a lot better than Demon Souls.

Like I said: What are you doing here!???
I don't know lol!!

Will buy it in 2 weeks max, when I get my new 360.

:D
Commented on 2012-12-10 18:32:54
Is this game really that hard? :-o
Commented on 2012-12-10 18:34:32 In reply to Zat
Posted by Zat
Is this game really that hard? :-o
Yah...well Demons Souls and Dark Souls is, dont know about this one :p
Commented on 2012-12-10 18:41:07 In reply to Zat
Posted by Zat
Is this game really that hard? :-o
http://i.imgur.com/Rpnlc.jpg

nothing more needs to be said. Game isn't hard, it's eitheir you are player #1 or yolo.
Commented on 2012-12-10 18:51:39 In reply to nostradamus
Posted by nostradamus
http://i.imgur.com/Rpnlc.jpg

nothing more needs to be said. Game isn't hard, it's eitheir you are player #1 or yolo.
LOL
I remember one level in Demons Souls that was exactly like that! narrow tunnel type place, a platform was triggered and arrows came from behind or front. Only way to avoid it was to stick to one of the sides as pressed as possible to avoid that.

This game is just remember and memorize every single thing after many trials and errors until it becomes natural.
Commented on 2012-12-10 19:10:27 In reply to nostradamus
i disagree. There's classes in the game, and the option to join other peoples games.. it seems like a waste when you cant take full advantage of that by working with someone you know and know is a different class to you. It should add a greater dynamic to the game otherwise it seems pointless to have that option to join others in the first place. Keep the invading worlds, ghosts, and writings...but get rid of co-op altogether if you cant invite friends and communicate.

Another thing that greatly needs work on is the framerate. Demon souls the framerate wasnt great but was kept playable. Dark souls..when you go to the underground section leading to the half spider half naked woman its almost unplayable at points because the framerate takes such a dive. If the engine cant handle the complexitys of wooden structures all around (which both games framerate has suffered with) then keep it out of the game.

Bonfires i like but kinda hate at the same time. They've taken alot of pressure off and made dark souls far easier than demon souls. Its easy to use them to help level up and get too over powered..to the point where you're just going through the motions of grinding alittle running back to a fire to rehealth and leveling up. You dont have to use them but the tempatations too much. Maybe put a limit on how long they burn for, or have it cost something to set them alight.
Commented on 2012-12-10 19:33:01 In reply to bleachedsmiles
Posted by bleachedsmiles
i disagree. There's classes in the game, and the option to join other peoples games.. it seems like a waste when you cant take full advantage of that by working with someone you know and know is a different class to you. It should add a greater dynamic to the game otherwise it seems pointless to have that option to join others in the first place. Keep the invading worlds, ghosts, and writings...but get rid of co-op altogether if you cant invite friends and communicate.
the game doesn't really have "classes". It's most presets on how starts levels will be dispersed between the characters. You can do almost everything with a pair of classes. Maybe it's bad game design, but for a game that makes you speend so much time with your character and you can't just speedrun in 5 hours and jump on Ng+ for another character, it's for the best.
Commented on 2012-12-10 19:39:32
Looks a MASSIVE step up graphically!
Commented on 2012-12-10 19:41:41 In reply to Xoar
Posted by Xoar
Looks a MASSIVE step up graphically!
Joke?
Commented on 2012-12-10 19:45:15 In reply to KORNdog
Posted by KORNdog
Joke?
Nope, These look far better than anything from Dark Souls!

http://images.gamersyde.com/image_dark_souls_ii-21...

http://images.gamersyde.com/image_dark_souls_ii-21...
Commented on 2012-12-10 19:46:17 In reply to Xoar
Posted by Xoar
Nope, This looks far better than anything from Dark Souls!

http://images.gamersyde.com/image_dark_souls_ii-21...
They're screen grabs from a CGI trailer...i'd be pretty fucking disappointed if it didn't look better tbh...LMAO.
Commented on 2012-12-10 19:52:20
From an art design, its the best in Souls series IMO.
But graphically, thats CGI dont expect anything even close to that.
Commented on 2012-12-10 19:55:20
That's a real shame, I dont remember the other 2 games having CGI?
Commented on 2012-12-10 19:56:53 In reply to Xoar
Posted by Xoar
That's a real shame, I dont remember the other 2 games having CGI?
They both had CGi intros.
Commented on 2012-12-10 19:58:12 In reply to Xoar
Posted by Xoar
Nope, These look far better than anything from Dark Souls!

http://images.gamersyde.com/image_dark_souls_ii-21...

http://images.gamersyde.com/image_dark_souls_ii-21...
LMFAO!! Funniest thing I read all morning dude! thanks :P Seven years in to this gen and people are still getting confused by CGI trailers. Amazing. Did you think it was for xbox 720/ps4? Even those probably won't hit this level.
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