Dark Souls always seemed a natural fit for the PC with its deep action RPG gameplay mechanics and focus on persistent online interactions between players. The game also presents a sizeable challenge – one that seems tailor-made for the hardcore PC audience. Dark Souls also suffered from frame rate issues on both PS3 and Xbox 360 so a PC version could very well offer the definitive edition of this fantastic game.
Following reports that Dark Souls for PC was a reality, Namco Bandai has announced that a PC version will indeed be released on August 24th worldwide. Called ‘Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition’, this version will “include an untold chapter in the world of Lordran where the player must stop the spread of darkness at all costs by facing and defeating the Dark Knight Artorias.”
Here’s some of the new content and features PC players can look forward to:
- New Bosses – Including Artorias of Abyss, Chimera of Tomb, and more
- PVP Online Matchmaking System – Quick matching for co-op or PVP
- New Areas – Including Oolacile Tomb, Old Ruins and more
- New Enemies – Including Abyss Guard, Chained Prisoner and more
- New NPCs – Including Hawkeye Gough and more
- New Weapons and Armor – Equip some from the new bosses, enemies, and NPCs
Feast your eyes on the first trailer, artwork and official box art for Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition:
I’m sure Namco Bandai will eventually release all the extra content in the PC version as DLC for Dark Souls on consoles as it sold millions of units across PS3 and Xbox 360. We’ll keep you posted if and when this announcement is made!
Many PC gamers are upset over the news that Dark Souls will use Games for Windows Live – one of the most unpopular forms of DRM. Hopefully the game will also be available on Steam from August 24th but Namco Bandai has yet to clarify whether this will be the case.
Be sure to browse through El33tonline’s extensive Dark Souls coverage to see what sets this darkly atmospheric game apart from its contemporaries.