Dark Souls 2 developers 'have not put any thought into' Xbox One, PS4 versions

An interview with Dark Souls II co-director reveals the developer hasn't thought about next-gen versions of the game yet.

Co-director of Dark Souls II Yui Tanimura has said that developer From Software has not put any thought into next-gen versions of the game yet.

"We have not put any thought into this yet, so I unfortunately can’t answer at this point," Tanimura said when Edge asked him what it would take to bring the more graphically advanced PC version of Dark Souls II to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

When asked why From Software didn't develop a next-gen version of the game at the outset, Tanimura explained that the team's intention was to capitalize on the potential of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and deliver the game to fans as soon as possible.

Last year, Tanimura also admitted that the PC version of Dark Souls was "half-assed," and promised the studio won't make the same mistakes twice with the PC version of the upcoming sequel.

The PC version of Dark Souls shipped some ten months after the Xbox 360 and PS3 iterations. From Software promised that Dark Souls II will hit PC shortly after the console versions launch on March 11, 2014 in North America, and March 14, 2014 in Europe.

You can find the full interview with Yui Tanimura on Edge's website.

Check out the latest trailer for Dark Souls II below, and be sure to read our theories on what it might reveal about the game.

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DemoKnight10656
DemoKnight10656

see at first all had seen was this on the 360 but then they changed it to 360 and xboxone and now they are saying just 360 even in the stores it said xbox one so..... and im pretty sure ppl who saw the pre order card already pre orderd it fr 360 and id imagine they would be mad the release day and they say there isn't at xboxone version

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Doesn't need to be on next-gen -- the game already looks/sounds fantastic.

Karchy
Karchy

The hipsters who sold their PS3/360 to play games like Knack and Ryse don't care about quality gaming anyway..

Rick_Moni
Rick_Moni

Everyone that is part of the Souls series community knows that this game wasn't going to be released for the new consoles.

That is why I kept my 360 and PS3.

Anyway, as I said before, if they port the game later to the new consoles I would happily get another copy since I want to support From Software so they can keep releasing more Souls games.

How wouldn't you be thankfull to a developer that has delivered you thousands of hours of gameplay and fun?

justerthought
justerthought

Any dev that claims they have not considered their game for PS4 is not telling the full truth. They all consider whether or when it is right for them to jump on board the future and most will be working on their PS4 game engine or porting research even while that decision is being thought through for any particular game.

razrabbit
razrabbit

I can respect a game dev who actually admits that they fucked something up, and are willing to make sure it doesn't happen again.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I am not a fan of rebuying the same game for a different system, but this is one I would make an exception for. But I say just release it the way it was intended and then work on a brand new Souls game for PS4/Xbone/PC.

returnofsoma42
returnofsoma42

I'm getting an Xbox 360 next month for Castlevania LOS 2  and have never played a Dark Souls game.  I might consider Dark Souls 2 but am a bit hesitant to buy it because I've heard you will die alot in this game.   If anyone on here can give me a good reason as to why I should buy Dark Souls 2 I'm all ears.  

UKFX
UKFX

Still awaiting a PC patch for Dark Souls 1. You know, so we don't have to use a console controller for it to work... and so we don't have to rely on dsfix for it to run beyond 15fps.

Def-Trex
Def-Trex

Pc version oh yeah.Hope they don't half ass it.

MCSantaBarbara
MCSantaBarbara

I know that the old systems have a larger install base, so from a business perspective it makes sense. That being said, PLEASE, PLEASE From Software, release it for the PS4 sooner than later! Think how much more immersive it could be.

shreddyz
shreddyz

well at least it's coming to pc, the best platform by far, so I'm happy about that.

Fenixx
Fenixx

So much stupidity in these comments.  It's smart of them to not release the game for the PS4 and Xone.  Stop just thinking of yourself and what you want and think about things from a company viewpoint.  Would you rather release your game for a system that has 4 million users, or would you release it for a system that has 50 million?  Especially considering that people wanting to play the game will want to play it on the current systems and not have to pay an extra $400-$500 just to play it.


Of course we would all love to play our favorite games with the best visuals and whatever else, but it's not worth it to the company to invest the extra resources to put it onto a new system.  These games cater to a small group of the gaming community.  They're not the kind of thing that sells millions of copies within a day or two.  So it's smart to stick with the system that you know how to program for and you know is going to have the people wanting to play your game.  But in case people happened to miss it, they did say "We have not put any thought into this yet."  So as of right now they're not doing it but it might happen some time later.  Remember, these are the people that said there will be no DLC for Dark Souls and then like a year later they release some.


As for any people whining that they've gotten rid of their old system and people need to get with the times and whatever... you're an idiot.  Just because you were dumb enough to immediately get rid of your PS3 or 360 and now expect developers and everyone else to cater to you, it's not going to happen.  That's entirely your problem and now you have to sit around and watch as others play the games that you no longer can.

llantaeusll
llantaeusll

"We have not put any thought into this yet"..... This is a bold face lie. He should have reworded his answer better because there is no way they haven't put at least a little bit of thought into it

PartyGavinParty
PartyGavinParty

Other games already maxed out the 360/PS3's capabilities a long time ago. Ignoring next-gen seems really foolish on so many levels. 

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

I have a PS3 and a PS4, I want to play the game on the highest graphical detail and the most fluid experience possible on consoles, which is the PS4 in my case. Considering one of the most difficult levels of Dark Souls was Blighttown, mostly because frame rate would dip to single digits most the game.


I still want to hold out until hopefully they release the PS4 version.

elitefunk
elitefunk

thanks alot gamespot! way to list this game as being released for next gen for the last few months. there were 2 reasons i wanted a ps4 watchdogs and this. first watchdogs gets delayed now youre telling me this game is NOT coming out for ps4.... Im livid right now, i had to sell my ps3 to get ps4 and now im probably gonna have to sell my second tv to buy a ps3 so i can play this. at least tell me it will available through PSnow... that would save me a lot of trouble and money.

tachsniper
tachsniper

simply put not releasing a next gen version of any game planned for PS3/360 is just dumb.

xtraflossy
xtraflossy

I just traded my older PS3 in and bought a new PS3 just to ensure it would be around for the release of this game.


Umbassa

SevenStyx
SevenStyx

this is kind of good news they don't care about other BS and are focusing and doing it right with DS2. But this article is practically pointless...its an article about how people don't care about something....Quit using gamespot like 6 months ago b/c of this type of stupidity, the switch from a dark to an over-bright background, and the awful new format....Definitely made the right decision. BAAARF on Gamespot. There are much better sites out there.

acp_45
acp_45

 You people are pathetic if you think Dark Souls is a bad game. 

It is the game with the steepest learning curve that I’ve seen in any game. 


Of course it’s hard but please stop whining. 

You’re playing the game wrong. 

Think before you just hack and slash. 

The game is legendary. 

DSII is going to be insane, I can’t wait. 


Nice to see that they aren’t all hyped up over the Next gens. 


From Software is gaining some good karma. 

timtolo
timtolo

@Pyrosa Yeah but Next-gen would still be awesome. Probably the last 360 game I will buy. 

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@Rick_Moni  I'd definitely pick up a PS4 version as well, but I'd hope there was a way to port your save over.

pblevins
pblevins

@returnofsoma42   I would highly recommend the "Souls" series. They are not your typical "hand-holding" experience you get with modern games. They teach you patience, strategy, and hone your observation skills. It is true that these games are tough. A lot of times they can seem unfair but there is always a way to win. And that is the driving force behind this game and why many people, myself included, love it. The first time you beat a boss that killed you the past 20 times its fantastic. That feeling of accomplishment is like a drug. You want more and more it yet to get it you know will cause heartache.

     So I would recommend getting it along with the first one if you can. Dark souls 2 will be different no doubt but it will get you use to the type of game it is. They are looking to make an even better more balanced game this time around.


    Also if you are needing help and have Xbox live id be willing to help you on the first one.(or anyone reading this for that matter) My xbox live tag is: The Cruisifier.


Praise the sun!

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@UKFXThe devs told you they're not doing it.  They said the PC port was going to suck because they had no experience developing for it before.


You begged for it even though the devs didn't want to do it, so you deserve what you got.

Nepti
Nepti

@UKFX I let this stop me too for a long time. But I installed DSFix and learned to play the game with an xbox360 controller on my PC. Glad I did, it's a fun game and if you like these kinds of games you're missing out.

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

@Def-Trex You got what u asked for with DS so stop whining you said port the game and they did. They literally just ported it so why are you still whining 

G1ingy
G1ingy

@MCSantaBarbara Immersive? Because of slightly better graphics? Or because what those consoles have to offer. On one side, "KINECT! DRINK ESTUS FLASK! BLOCK! RUN AWAY!", on the other side "Heheh, I killed a boss, time to stream it for all to see! #lookatmyl33tskillz", and on another side "I'm going to instantly equip this weapon I need right away with the use of my gamepad!"

...okay, admittedly the final one is actually pretty cool. But such a feature will damage the game's identity. It doesn't need mechanics that makes the game more "accessible" or "easier". 

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

@shreddyz until someone mods their character to be unkillable and invades your world

tightwad34
tightwad34

@elitefunk Uh, how much is your second TV worth? You can get a used PS3 on the super cheap, hell even a new one isn't that expensive. Though I suppose if you don't plan on using it all that much you should go used, I guess.

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

@elitefunk it will likely be available sometime after launch on psnow like way after launch

shreddyz
shreddyz

@elitefunk sorry to here about your misfortune but NEVER use this site as a source of information. GS, for the most part, just regurgitates info from other more reputable sites and puts their own weird spin on things. again sorry but don't just blindly trust this site. That's bad news!

tightwad34
tightwad34

@tachsniper Maybe it's not as easy as you think to just port a game to the next gen especially because they are pretty much brand new.

elitefunk
elitefunk

@tachsniper care to elaborate? they could double their profits. most people i know with next gen systems sold their last gen system.

shreddyz
shreddyz

@acp_45so if someone doesn't like what you like then they're pathetic? A steep learning curve makes a game good? o.O That's a popular opinion for kids to have. 

returnofsoma42
returnofsoma42

@pblevins @returnofsoma42  Well I took your advice and bought the first Dark Souls game plus I have Dark Souls 2 on preorder.  I'll definitely take you up on asking for your help if I get stuck.  My gametag is Grinningdeer12.  I know that sounds odd but I just joined Xbox Live and that's the gametag I was given.  Thanks for recommending this game I will definitely try it out.  :)

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Thanatos2k I also cannot imagine why they would want to play it with a mouse and keyboard. I don't see how that would work or at least be a more efficient way to play it.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Deadlysyns87 That happens all the time on the consoles. Or it did before they nerfed the cheaters.

tachsniper
tachsniper

@elitefunk @tachsniper exactly my point, next gen is not next gen anymore, it's current gen, ps4 and Xbone are current and Ps3/360 is last gen

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Def-Trex What? They never said anything like that. Why you gotta put words in their mouth?