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Prepare to Die: Dark Souls to last for “many years”

Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:39 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Ahead of its launch next week in the west, publisher Namco Bandai has come out with some big words for those expecting Dark Souls to be an easier ride than its predecessor. Protip: it isn’t.

Dark Souls

The spiritual successor to hard-as-balls RPG Demon’s Souls.

Debuted at Tokyo Game Show 2010 as Project Dark.

The game was published by From Software in Japan as a PS3 exclusive, but will release in the west from Namco on both PS3 and 360.

It launches in the US on Tuesday and next Friday in the UK and Europe.

Namco Bandai UK marketing director Lee Kirton has told VG247 that the RPG, made by From Software, won’t let up in its difficulty, but promises it will be rewarding in the long run for those who stick with it.

“In the end the game is tough. But it’s also quite cheeky and rewarding,” he told us this morning. “You need to learn how it works and think about each situation. I know many mainstream action games that are the same.

“Take Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which I’ve been playing a lot. It’s got old school mechanics whilst delivering lots of what makes a great FPS, stealth, and yet throws some genuinely challenging moments at you which can frustrate yet deliver such joy.

“Dark Souls has some classic gaming moments and also it’s never the same experience. I think that this is a game that everyone should try. It is incredibly rewarding and we’ve kept a lid on a lot of story and gameplay. One of the most rewarding video game experiences ever made, I’d say.”

The game released last week in Japan and went straight to the top of the charts, doing better in its first week than Demon’s Souls did in its first ten months on sale in the country.

It’s also been getting some good early western scores, taking a 9/10 from gamesTM and a 5/5 from 360 Magazine. Kirton is hopeful of big success and a high Meta average.

“We have always been very positive about Dark Souls, its development, its studio, and the fact that it one of this year’s best and toughest videogame experiences,” he said.

“I think that this is a game that everyone should try. It is incredibly rewarding and we’ve kept a lid on a lot of story and gameplay. One of the most rewarding video game experiences ever made, I’d say.”

“Our pre-orders have been really positive and we have been pushing the title heavily to all the communities and reaching out to fans of games such as Skyrim and general action games. It’s a proper video game that doesn’t hold your hand. We are really hoping that word of mouth helps in Dark Souls’ success as well.”

He continued: “GamesTM arrived today with an incredible cover, wallet and a superb feature on From Software and a superb 9/10 cover. They said it’s ‘nothing short of extraordinary,’ and 360 magazine has given the game a 5/5. This is the first Xbox 360 review score I’ve picked up on. I think the MetaCritic will be very high on this beauty.”

From Software had said back in February it wasn’t planning any DLC for Dark Souls, but when asked about why it felt DLC wasn’t a fit for the game, Kirton stayed mum.

“I can’t comment on the DLC side of things because sometimes things change,” he said.

“The focus has been making a rewarding, huge experience which is unlike any other game. It’s a massive game which has huge replayablity and unique online features that will keep people playing it for many years. It’s worth its purchase price in content, I can tell you that.”

From Software had previously said that western publisher Namco Bandai – From’s doing the duties in Japan – had kept a hands-off approach with Dark Souls. That was just from a developer’s standpoint, though: what about the publisher?

“Namco has left the experts to do what they do best,” said Kirton. “We have supported the franchise as a business and worked closely with them on creative, art, and promotions.They are incredibly talented at making games, and especially a game like Dark Souls.

“They have delivered something unique and we have supported them by bringing Demon’s Souls to Europe and also making Dark Souls a bigger experience.”

The recent All Saints’ Day trailer.

With Dark Souls coming next week, there will be players making the transition from Demon’s Souls, but could there be problems making the switch? Either way, Kirton was keen to point this out: “It’s not the same game!”

Got it?

“It’s the spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls. It’s much bigger, has lots of new features, online modes, many different character classes, customisation, new richer visuals, open world, more bosses, more weapons, armours, items and spells,” he continued.

“It has a lot of other stuff that we’ve kept quiet about as well. Fans of Demon’s Souls are excited about Dark Souls as it’s another new challenge. I would go as far to say that some are really excited. I just hope they’re ready.

“We also wanted to create a ‘day one edition’ of the game which allows all fans who pre-order or buy at launch a special big box with a soundtrack, making of DVD, artbook, and a digital game guide. All this is packed together similarly to the ‘Black Phantom Edition’ for the same retail price as the normal game. We have built this for the early adopters.”

But while PS3 owners of Demon’s Souls know what they’re getting into, this’ll be the first time 360 owners will get the sense of brutality that awaited players in Europe last year. As the game’s main tagline suggests, and it seems very noteworthy for the Microsoft massive, “Prepare to die.”

“Xbox 360 owners are in for a treat as they are now going to part of a new phenomenon,” said Kirton.

Dark Souls releases on Tuesday in the US and next Friday in Europe for PS3 and 360.

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20 Comments

  1. stretch215

    Nice article. I’m going to get this, for better or worse.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    My promo copy’s on the way. Be interesting to see how far I can get in it, to be honest. Demon’s Souls was bloody hard.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. MFBB

    But it was only hard in the beginning when you are new to the game.

    As soon as you knew how it worked, it was fine and you didnt die often.

    Keep you eyes open, walk slowly and have you shield up all the time :)

    I hope they will make some AddOns for Dark Souls over the years and no DLC crap, since the FromSoftware guys said they dont like DLC.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Johnny Cullen

    I should probably play the promo I got at Eurogamer last week. /trollface

    #4 3 years ago
  5. StolenGlory

    @4

    You probably should yes. Meanwhile I should probably be mopping up the rabid froth from my mouth that has since spilled on my keyboard :)

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Patrick Garratt

    @3 – A few people said that to me, yep. Once the first level was over, it got easier, apparently. Not that I saw that far.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Monk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMLsBUPaoQo&feature=feedu

    I`m scared !!

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Telepathic.Geometry

    Yay!!! This next few weeks is gamer heaven/hell for me. Child of Eden and ICO/SotC just arrived, Rage, Dark Souls and Batman soon to follow, and hot on their heels is Skyrim, Legend of Zelda and Uncharted 3. /geshpunken

    To all of you forumites worried about the difficulty, approach it like a game of chess and you’ll be fine. That’s what got me my beloved Demon’s Souls plat. :)

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Deacon

    I can’t wait for this to drop through my letterbox !!!!!

    #9 3 years ago
  10. locus2k1

    It’s out next week? Show’s you how much attention I paid on when it’s released, I have no idea how that past my radar. I best go finish platinum-ing Demons’ Souls then!

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Mystic Sage

    Scew Namco Bandai they should be sued they went back on there word. When most people pre-ordered the game for the Collectors Edition we were told we would be getting a physical copy of a guide and artbook and everything and now they get all these pre-orders and pull a switch because they werent expecting that many pre-orders and get rid of the physical strategy guide, soundtrack cd and give downloadable versions. Not everyone has a computer handy while gaming so this can kind of make a strategy guide pointless. Not to mention strategy guides are like an artbook they are filled with beautiful things that are nice to see in person in a hard copy. Namco Bandai can go choke on a dick for doing this meanwhile the Japanese version still gets all this stuff.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Telepathic.Geometry

    Locus2k1: Let me know if ya need a hand.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. lkirton

    The strategy guide is provided on a code for download from a PC yes, exclusive to those that buy the game. The game comes in a new bigger box as previously communicated, it does include the soundtrack! It does include the making of DVD as well, That’s 2 discs and 1 blu ray (for PS3)! It does include the artbook and the game for the same retail price as a normal game. The only thing that changed was the delivery of the strategy guide because of production issues. Honestly, It’s a shame that you feel bad against Namco Bandai as we’re only trying to deliver a load of extra content for no extra cost. We are sorry that the strategy guide delivery has change, but we wanted to find the best way to provide it in the end. I hope you enjoy Dark Souls. Lee Kirton.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. The_Red

    Shut up and take my money already! I just hope they haven’t changed many things. New additions are always welcome but removal of the mana bar and a few other things better be for a reason and not just for the sake of making the game more “accessible” (AKA dumbing down the deeper elements like Bethesda is doing to their games).

    #14 3 years ago
  15. MFBB

    #13 I think the package is very good thanks to the artbook and the making of DVD.

    The strategy guide is ok digital, the artbook is much nicer as a real book.

    It is all free and a lot more then what you get from other games.
    They want like 70Euro or so for such a edition.
    So thank you :)

    #14 The no herbs and no mana will make the game much harder.
    Only 5-10 healing flasks is hard…and only x amount of times you can use a spell/miracle is quite mean aswell :)

    I wanted to play a magical character as i did in Demon Souls, but i will not do that now.

    It will be way to hard if you have no good close combat skills/shield with such a low number of healing items and spells.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Len

    Next Tues, where did that come from…?

    If it’s too much for you send one of those promo copies overe here please Pat/Johnny! ;)

    #16 3 years ago
  17. jldoom

    @16 That’s exactly what I’m saying! I’m going to check Best Buy to see if I can pre-order mines after I get out of work today.

    Even if I don’t get to play it this month, I’ll get it now to at least guarantee my extra goodies for the same price as the regular edition.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Shonak

    Any chance there will be a demo soon?

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Johnny Cullen

    Good lord. I just tried the first bit from the game and is absolutely balls fucking hard. :S

    #19 3 years ago
  20. HauntaVirus

    This game can burn in hell for eternity.

    #20 3 years ago

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    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]