The First Post-Launch Add-Ons for Dark Souls 3 Will Arrive in Fall

Dark Souls 3 is one of the most acclaimed action RPGs of 2016, and it’s definitely not hard to understand why once you pick up the game for the first time and you see just how gorgeous and how punishing it is. However, despite its difficulty, a great number of gamers have already completed this epic adventure, and even though the game is rather large, it makes sense for them to yearn for more, especially since season passes were available upon release. Dark Souls 3’s season pass costs just $25, which is admittedly low when compared to other games that came out this year. In the near future, however, gamers should not expect any DLC to become available, as sources indicate that the first post-launch add-ons for this title will not arrive until fall.

The main problem is that some gamers have already purchased season passes for Dark Souls 3 without knowing when they will be able to access new content or what this new content will actually include. Apparently, the add-ons will offer new enemies and bosses as well as new gear for your undead avatar. On the other hand, it’s definitely better that the developers have started to create DLC content after the game was released as opposed to just taking chunks out of it and selling it separately.

Dark Souls 3 Trailer Reminds Us Why We Love Fantasy Games

Fantasy games are some of my favourite games. Being faced with unknown powers and abilities lets you use your imagination as you conquer dragons, dungeons and even gods. The Dark soul games are one such series that want’s you to feel everything about fantasy, and the latest Dark Souls 3 trailer reminds us just why we love fantasy games.

Starting with a selection of lore, reminding you about how the world came to be you are quickly thrown into a series of clips outlying that this isn’t your everyday happy green fantasy world. In the world of Dark Souls, darkness and fire are what rule the world, something you’ll constantly be fighting to survive against.

With a whole different level of graphics and characters and creatures that look like something out of a fantasy film, how long will you last when you face the inevitable creatures that seek to end your life?

With hordes of skeletons, dragon-like creatures, skeleton knights and giant worms after you, it will take everything you have to survive as the trailer reminds you that you walk among the accursed.

Set for release on April 12th, fans everywhere will be looking to grab the next game in the Dark Souls trilogy and after that trailer, we can’t blame them.

Bandai Namco Wants to Lock Dark Souls III at 30 FPS on the PC

Dark Souls III is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated action role-playing games right now, and come April 12, we’ll all be able to enjoy it in full on current-gen consoles and on the PC. Unfortunately, PC gamers might not like what I’m about to say next, as Bandai Namco has recently expressed its intention of locking Dark Souls III to 30 FPS on this particular platform. If you ask me, this would be incredibly unfair as modern PCs definitely have the required power to run such a title at 60 FPS or more. The news comes from a Reddit user named “khawaja07”, who shared the following image:

As you can see, even though the developers have not confirmed anything so far, it’s clear that their intention is to lock the game at 30 FPS on the PC. The developers probably want to keep the PC version on par with the console versions, which is again incredibly unfair considering the fact that there are plenty of PC gamers out there that have spent quite a bit of money in order to be able to enjoy such titles at much higher framerates than 30. Hopefully, Bandai Namco will snap out of it and will leave the PC version of Dark Souls III unlocked. We’ll definitely keep you posted as the story develops.

Details of Dark Souls 3 Season Pass Leaked

It seems like From Software can’t avoid making DLC. Following leaked details from the Australian Xbox Store, it has come to light that Dark Souls 3 will have a season pass available to purchase, and that the pass may be part of the game’s digital deluxe edition. The leak shared no information as to the cost of the season pass.

Microsoft have now pulled the listing from the Xbox store, however according to Videogamer, the pack will include access to “2 epic DLC packs at a discounted price,” which are set to introduce “new maps, bosses, enemies and additional weapon and armor sets”. Standard fare for Dark Souls DLC really. Sadly no dates were attached to the season pass’ details, so when this DLC will become available remains to be seen.

While no cost for the pass was listed on the store, it is to be included in the digital deluxe edition of Dark Souls 3, which is currently listed at $137.70 AUD, or £68. It remains to be seen what the availability of the season pass will be for other platforms, or how much such an edition may cost.

While many may frown at the practice of pre-selling DLC via season passes, From Software has a strong track record when it comes to DLC. Even after having no plans to release DLC for Dark Souls 2, they put out 3 packs and the remixed Scholar of the First Sin version of the game. Bandai Namco are yet to formally announce any DLC for Dark Souls 3 or its season pack, however with this leak, news could arrive soon.

Image credit to Dark Souls 3 subreddit

Dark Souls 3 PC Requirements Revealed – Can You Run It?

Dark Souls 3 is scheduled for a Japan release on March 24, 2016, while the rest of the world will be able to purchase it on April 12, 2016.  Developed by From Software and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, the fourth entry in the “Souls” series will be released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows, and it will undoubtedly torture its players with its brutal difficulty. Judging by the game’s gameplay reveal trailer that was posted on YouTube in August, the newest Dark Souls will feature some impressive graphics, and now it’s time to find out exactly what kind of PC you’ll need if you plan to skip on the console versions.

The minimum official requirements suggest an AMD A8 3870 3.6 GHz or an Intel Core i3 2100 3.1Ghz as far as the CPU is concerned while the graphics card should be a GeForce GTX 465 or an ATI Radeon TM HD 6870. As for the recommended specs, they include an AMD FX 8150 3.6 GHz or an Intel Core i7 2600 3.4 GHz complemented by a GeForce GTX 750 or an ATI Radeon HD 7850. Both the minimum and recommended requirements ask for 8 GB RAM, which is to be expected from a modern title. However, the processor and graphics card requirements are relatively low, which means that Dark Souls 3 is not likely to be very demanding. Below you will find a complete list of PC requirements for this upcoming title.

MINIMUM

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 64bit, Windows 8.1 64bit Windows 10 64bit
  • Processor: AMD® A8 3870 3,6 GHz or Intel® Core i3 2100 3.1Ghz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 465 / ATI Radeon TM HD 6870
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 11 sound device

RECOMMENDED

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 64bit, Windows 8.1 64bit Windows 10 64bit
  • Processor: AMD® FX 8150 3.6 GHz or Intel® Core i7 2600 3.4 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 750, ATI Radeon HD 7850
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 11 sound device

Dark Souls 3 Release Date Revealed

FromSoftware’s forthcoming action RPG sequel Dark Souls 3 will be released in North America and Europe in April 2016, one month after its Japanese launch, bringing with it a more expansive magic casting system, which will be split into spells and miracles.

The PlayStation 4 playable demo of Dark Souls 3, as played by Polygon at Bandai Namco corporate headquarters, showcased both methods, with the pre-built character showing off three magic attacks: a fire bolt called Soul Arrow, a quick projectile called Soul Dart, and the Soul Greatsword slashing attack. Another character model was used to demonstrate the miracles, which included the electricity projectile Lightning Spear, Heal, and the defence/offence buffer Sacred Oath.

While Dark Souls 3 will see its full release in 2016, a lucky few will get early access to the game later this year as part of its network test. FromSoftware plans to put the online multiplayer system through its paces prior to launch, and is looking for PlayStation 4 owners to test it, taking registrations until 4th October. Testing sessions will take place on:

  • Friday, October 16th, 2015 at 8:00pm to 11:00pm CEST
  • Saturday, October 17th, 2015 at 8:00pm to 11:00pm CEST
  • Sunday, October 18th, 2015 at 8:00pm to 11:00pm CEST

The release of Dark Souls 3 will see the game coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

Thank you Polygon and VG24/7 for providing us with this information.