Dark Souls out September in Japan, October elsewhere

Tuesday, 10th May 2011 21:16 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

A new video for Dark Souls has been released, and it looks as though we’ll all be in for some more rage-filled, controller-tossing, cat-stomping gameplay in October in the west.

Well, not the cat stomping bit, obviously, but yes, you know how upsetting that game could be – but in a statistically awesome way.

This week’s issue of Famitsu is confirming a Japanese launch of September, according to Andriasang. Japan will get the game for PS3 only. The west will get it for PS3 and 360 from Namco.

According to details gleaned from Dengeki PlayStation last month, the game is not a narrative-driven RPG, even though it has a story, and the setting has the main character as an “Undying” who comes back to life after being killed and has cast himself out from society.

There is a new Oath system, healing items will be put in better places around the game world, and it will last around the 60-hour mark.

No DLC or demo is planned for the title.

Namco is holding a press conference in Dubai very early in the morning BST, so it’s likely we’ll hear more about Dark Souls through Keza’s liveblog.

Thanks, Dutch.



  1. Bleak Harvest


    (About as constructive as I can be).

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    Looks awesome.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. KAP

    @1 How about “epic”?

    #3 3 years ago
  4. YoungZer0

    *yawn* Hopefully it has a decent art-direction this time around, otherwise i might not touch it.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. monkeygourmet


    Troll Hunters coming for you:

    Anyway, this looks fantastic! Im halfway through Demon Souls on the PS3 but can’t continue till the PSN goes back online! :( It’s killing me as i was just getting the ‘hang’ of it!

    Will prob get this on 360 as most of my friends list plays on Xbox. Can’t wait!!!

    #5 3 years ago
  6. YoungZer0

    @5: Decent movie. Still, the game had an embarrassing art-direction.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Monk

    I`m not ready for this !

    #7 3 years ago
  8. monkeygourmet


    Why did you find it embarassing? I thought the art direction combined with it’s terrifyingly tense atmosphere created one of the most unique games this gen.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. YoungZer0

    @8: Character-Design was all over the place. As was rest of the art-direction. Unfocused. Typography and character-creator are also part of the art-direction.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. BraveArse

    Probably the game I’m waiting the most for this year. I imported Demons Souls not long after its HK release and it’s still my favourite game of this gen.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. monkeygourmet


    Strange, i didn’t get that feeling atall. The charecter-creator did generate some complete abominations though, hopefully that’ll be fixed for this game.

    I loved all the enemy designs and each ‘world’ i’ve visited so far i’ve found really enjoyable (especially considering the amount of play throughs each require.)

    #11 3 years ago
  12. monkeygourmet


    Is PS3 region free on all import games? And blu ray movies (i guess not)?

    #12 3 years ago
  13. AHA-Lambda

    that looked awesome +D

    then i was just reminded of how much i sucked at demon’s souls =(

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Nozz

    I think I saw about 3 or 4 situations that would have resulted in an inst-death. Awesome!

    The enemies look great too! lets just hope the co-op is better implemented this time, not that demon’s souls was bad but it would have been nice to invite my friend who was just starting out or even join him in his game.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. The_Red

    Is it being made by the exact same team as Demon’s Souls? (Same director, producer, level designer and others). Does anyone know?

    #15 3 years ago
  16. BraveArse


    Don’t quote me but I think PS3 games are region free but blu-rays are not. No expert though, I’m sure someone more knowledgeable will tell you I’m wrong in about 5 minutes time :)

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Telepathic.Geometry

    PS3 Games are indeed region-free, movies are region-locked.

    Also, as regards Dark Souls coming out in October: WHOOOOOO, FUCK YEAH!!! Just in time for my birthday.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Hunam

    @15 Yep, same team, same people.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Telepathic.Geometry

    I should add that I finally got a pure bladestone on Monday night, giving me my hard-earned platinum in Demon’s Souls. Bring on the Dark Souls!

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Psychotext

    God, I remember farming for that. Overandoverandoverandoverandoverandoverandoverandoverandover.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Telepathic.Geometry

    I had 99 shards of archstone to get the job done, and I told myself that if I didn’t get it inside that window, I’d give up. I had the perfect equipment to get to that 4-2 skelly asap, and before long I was mega efficient. In fact, I was watching Thor while I farmed, and on my last shard of archstone it popped for me.

    My rage and dismay vanished, replaced by relief and vindication. Sharp Uchigatana +5 GET!

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Telepathic.Geometry

    By the way, it says October, but where? Japan, America?

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Gadzooks!


    Obviously you are entitled to your opinion but I doubt you’ll find many people who agree with you :)

    Personally I thought the art direction was superb. I thought the visuals were restrained and created a very gloomy, tense atmosphere which matched the gameplay perfectly.

    The one thing I really need changed from Demons Souls is the co-op mechanics. The stones idea, whilst interesting, really didnt work for me at all. I want to invite specific people, not have useless randoms join and die in seconds then quit.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Blerk

    Looking good!

    #24 3 years ago
  25. DrDamn

    Yep games are region free but you may want to take DLC into account as that would need to be bought from the store of the region the game is for. Can make things a little more complicated.

    Just to echo what others have said – I found the art direction from sound to graphics perfectly in keeping with the atmosphere the game was trying to produce. Loved it.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. AHA-Lambda

    collectors edition

    damn bad ass box art

    i feel like i should give demon’s souls another chance now =(

    #26 3 years ago
  27. YoungZer0

    I see most of you don’t understand where art-direction starts and where it ends. Oh well.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Gadzooks!


    Why dont you tell us where you think it starts and ends then, instead of stropping off like a teenager?

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Telepathic.Geometry

    I’d look at the bad-ass in the picture above and I’d stop worrying about art direction.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. YoungZer0

    @28: Already said what i didn’t like about it. Especially the Typography was embarrassing.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. BraveArse

    Embarrassing typography? Embarassing? In what way? Did you do the typography? Is that why you are personally ashamed of it? Did it detail all your childhood secrets?

    Tell it to someone who hasn’t got an art degree.

    edit: and by the way – the typography was perfectly in keeping with the atmosphere and era the game was set in. If you genuinely know your typography then you’ll know that the font used is a modified version of this font:

    I’m looking at it right now and am struggling to muster a blush.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. BraveArse

    /deep breath

    Anyway – still undecided about which format to get this on. IIRC the PS3 and 360 versions are simultaneous releases in the west but in the east the PS3 version will be out first.

    Do I import on PS3 just to get a month’s head start? And then buy it on 360 when it releases here? Probably…

    /is very definitely a FROM fan

    #32 3 years ago
  33. Telepathic.Geometry

    I think that in Japan there’ll only be a PS3 version.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. BraveArse

    You still out there T.G? /remembers the Tai Chi thread on EG :)

    #34 3 years ago
  35. YoungZer0

    @31: Man, some’s getting touchy here. The Font is butt-ugly and there is a shitload of thousands (some of ‘em free) of better ones that would’ve had fit in the era the game is set in (What era, btw.). You can use this font for headlines, but i wouldn’t recommend it. Using this font for every text in the game just goes to show that the people involved didn’t hire decent typographists.

    Sure it get’s the job done. But good typography is not about that. Good typography makes the most boring text exciting and interesting. You really want to read that text and it doesn’t even matter what the content is. Pay more attention to games that get it right, like Mass Effect or Assassin’s Creed 2 for example.

    Doesn’t matter that you don’t have an art degree, but should still understand the importance of Typography.

    I’m hoping they get it right this time around. As this has been one of FROM SOFTWARE’s biggest flaws. They always get lazy when it comes to huds, interface and typography.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. Gadzooks!


    Dude, its just a font. Does the font really ruin the game for you?

    #36 3 years ago
  37. YoungZer0

    @36: No, it’s not just that. I’m not really a fan of it’s frustrating gameplay. And as i said before, the rest of the art-direction didn’t appeal to me. I looked at it and really thought: Wow, that’s just amateurish.

    To be fair Dark Souls looks better.

    #37 3 years ago

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