Namco Bandai have finally confirmed that their critically acclaimed title
will be making the jump to yet another gaming platform. PC players will finally be able to play and die like the rest of us in their own special edition of the game.
As can be clearly seen in the above screenshot, the game will be released under Games For Windows Live banner, which should mean the inclusion of achievements. However, this has sparked controversy amongst fans with some starting an online petition to have GFWL removed from the game.
To entice players, a short trailer also accompanied the confirmation reminding potential warriors of what is lying in wait for those who dare to enter the dark realms of Lordran.
The official press announcement from Namco Bandai included a quote from Hidetaka Miyazaki, Creative Director for Dark Souls at FromSoftware, Inc. explaining why the team had decided to finally produce the PC version.
Our fans demanded to see this game brought to the PC, and the noise they have made was simply too loud and too passionate to ignore ... This also allowed us to dive back into the world of Dark Souls, offering a special edition of the game that offers more ways to die over and over again than ever before. Adding a whole new chapter to tell the tale of the Dark Knight Artorias was an opportunity we’re also proud to have taken, as we’ve managed to expand the experience for our biggest fans without compromising the balance of the core game that we worked so hard to create. This edition of the game is our gift to the fans.
As alluded to in the above quote Dark Souls Prepare To Die Edition
is an updated version of the game released back in October 2011, which will have a number of new enhancements.
Players will be able to explore new areas including Oolacile Tomb and Old Ruins and, of course, these areas will introduce new enemies such as the Abyss Guard and Chained Prisoner. Ultimately, you will be expected to face off against new bosses too; Artorias of Abyss and Chimera of Tomb have been named so far, but we are promised more. All this probably means that you should prepare to die in many more new and varied ways. However, it's not all bad news. To give our would-be knights a fighting chance, there are also new NPCs, weapons and armour so at least you'll be able to go down fighting!
Aside from the story based embellishments there will also be additional features for online warriors. There will be an enhanced matchmaking system for those players looking for either PvP action or co-op questing.
All in all this seems to be a pretty complete package for fans of the game and a special treat for PC players. Whether these additional features will make it into the Xbox version in the form of DLC remains to be seen, but we can always hope.Dark Souls Prepare To Die Edition
is scheduled to be released in North America on August 24th, 2012 with other regions and release dates yet to be confirmed.
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