Dark Souls dated for October

Successor to Demon's Souls slated for September in Japan; European/US launch slated for October.

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Gamers waiting for the successor to GameSpot's 2009 Game of the Year won't have to wait too long, particularly if they are living in Japan. Developer From Software said in the latest issue of Famitsu that the anticipated sequel to Demon's Souls will be out in Japan this September. The action role-playing game will retail for 7,800 yen ($96).

Japanese gamers will get to kill whatever this is when Dark Souls comes out this September.

The European and US version of the game will be out in "early October," according to Namco Bandai. Dates for other territories have yet to be revealed.

The action RPG is set in a dark fantasy world with a huge focus on tension in dungeon exploration and punishing-but-fair difficulty. New features in Dark Souls include the ability to dual-wield weapons and summon non-player characters during battle, more variations and improvements in co-op mode, and new outdoor areas that are seamlessly connected to one another. For more details on the game, head here.

Discussion

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DesertLynx83
DesertLynx83

I'm hoping this game comes out before my birthday. This would make a very nice birthday present. :)

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@blackace Fair enough I respect you have an opinion and I just disagree. You stated yours and I thought I'd state mine. Actually you'd be surprised, maybe you could change my opinion as I like Demons souls but I'm hardly biased to it. Are you saying if we talked we'd both just not listen to eachother or that convincing others of something we believe is impossible? Either way like you said 'nuff said'. I'm just not a fan of uncharted and found it over rated but it's a good game still even if I'd only give it a 8/10

DamacosG
DamacosG

your soul is mine muhahahaha !!!!!

AyzZai
AyzZai

I love both uncharted 2 and demon's souls so there's no point for me to put them head 2 head and see which one is better. :)

blackace
blackace

@Sigil-otaku said: I never said Uncharted was perfect. I just said it was better then Demon's Soul and deserved to be GotY. You have the right to your own opinion of course. Most gamers don't agree with you, but you still have that right. I could on and on listing all the flaws of Demon's Souls, but it still wouldn't change your opinion. Nuff said.

blackace
blackace

@X-RS said: @blackace while i have yet to play uncharted 2's online mode, the cmpaign is like this: -it looks nice -CONSTATNT shoot outs interupting roaminig fun (so basically an fps. this gets SO tiring) -a ast thats likeable but still very close to cardboard and static -cliche explosion>flying squirrel and nate living by his right hand every 30m -indianna jones+prince of persia+road to eldorado (blatantly borrowed elements leaving much to be desired) -"kill me!...no, but THEY will" please -_- I have a hard time beleiving THAT^+online trumps demons souls in regards to goty. ill have to wait til psn is back up. as for saving and pause, go play a nes game. but just try to have fun instead of wining **************************************************************** Online aside, Uncharted 2 was a better game overall, including story, graphics, sound, music, fun, etc.. Demon's Souls was more frustrating then then anything else. Being frustrated doesn't equal fun or GotY to me. Dying over and over and over again is not fun. It was a good game, but far from being GotY in most gamers eyes.

enzyme36
enzyme36

The year of the single player rpg gamer... let's show them we are still here!!

CTR360
CTR360

the new gameplay trailer its gorgeous one of the best games this year for the ps3 and 360 for me i cant wait

iikefkaii
iikefkaii

My favorite part about DS was the little things that made it so hard & unforgiving. Sure it was a pain when you made it through 80% of a level only to die and have to start over at the beginning, but didn't that also make it so much more rewarding when you finally beat it? It forces you to master every fight & obstacle they throw at you making you perfect the area before advancing. This is what most games are lacking these days IMO, gamers should be punished for being bad and rewarded for being good. Too often I feel like I'm just going through the motions with other games and doing stuff that anybody off the street could do. I like to feel like I've earned my progress in a game rather than "just getting there" because I happened to reach the the next advancement in a story. As far as the inability to pause goes, it shouldn't make the game easier but I do feel it will take away from the intense feeling of "you're never safe" that DS had. I liked knowing that if I set my controller down for even a second, a black phantom could invade and take me out. Speaking of this, wouldn't a pause feature disrupt the invading aspect of the game as a whole? I can see it now, as soon as I invade "player x's" world, he puts the game on pause and waits for me to leave...not thanks...

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Looks like a great game but I'm glad I don't have to buy games in Japan! $96? Wow!

malatato
malatato

2011 will be a blast!! Dark Souls, Skyrim, Uncharted 3, Infamous 2 what a line up!! ... .... Too bad mass effect 3 was moved to Q1 2012 but I know it's for the good anyway

Vavires
Vavires

Still a few days of vacation that i need to plan, when im 100% certain of the release date; im planing all remaining days then :). might tell my wife to visit her paretns for a week lol

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@blackace That is my opinion, just like the gaming sites. Uncharted just didn't particularly have anything of what it was praised for in my opinion. Good characters? All stereotypes and nothing special about them. The best I can say is that they managed a laugh out of me once every 3 hours. Good plot? Not really. Hunt treasure and fight monsters. I can appreciate they interweave a little name dropping of expeditions / famous places but it's still hardly record breaking. Good puzzles? Hell no, unless we like the mindless variety (such as turning a buddha's hands to match a picture). The hand to hand mechanics have been changed twice in two games and they've confirmed it's being changed again, I know people think the game is pefect but if the combat mechanics are so flawed they get changed every game is that not a signal of a problem? My problem is the following; Gameplay - seen better (namely gears of war having tighter aiming and more fluid cover mechanics) Story - seen better (not really hard to beat the simple stories of uncharted but I love a little more realistic dialogue and tension like in metal gear solid 4) characters - not much to praise really. I know some like Chloe and Drake etc, but personally I found it annoying they talked so damn much. A quip every minute just became a nuisance. Anyway yes it is my opinion but I hope your capable of respecting it when it's backed by reason. I could state problems but I can't fit the amount of problems into one post.

firehawk998
firehawk998

Nice so far this is a great year for gaming for me.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I'm going to need to find a second job this summer, this fall just has too many great games to look forward to

Skirikidik
Skirikidik

Looks pretty awesome. Hopefully they didn't change the combat system to much. The old one was perfect as far as I'm concerned.

X-RS
X-RS

you can already dual wield....its just difficult and in all seriousness pointless when there are arrows, huge rock monsters or simply an axe being swung at you. iirc, it was said they may make it slightly more rewarding, but still more difficult than sword/shield. @blackace while i have yet to play uncharted 2's online mode, the cmpaign is like this: -it looks nice -CONSTATNT shoot outs interupting roaminig fun (so basically an fps. this gets SO tiring) -a ast thats likeable but still very close to cardboard and static -cliche explosion>flying squirrel and nate living by his right hand every 30m -indianna jones+prince of persia+road to eldorado (blatantly borrowed elements leaving much to be desired) -"kill me!...no, but THEY will" please -_- I have a hard time beleiving THAT^+online trumps demons souls in regards to goty. ill have to wait til psn is back up. as for saving and pause, go play a nes game. but just try to have fun instead of wining

organbank
organbank

Visit http://demonssouls.wikidot.com/ for one of the best gaming communities on teh webz. Already pre-ordered CE for both Xbox and PS3 (if PSN is back up). This game is going to rule them all. Ordered another controller too. This time round I'll make sure to thorw my controller at a pillow instead of the wall :D From Software has to be shaping up as the developer to take over Blizzards title as the best for next gen. EASY!

armandoisgreat
armandoisgreat

Hope they add the ability to pause, but where it's a screen separate from equipment, inventory, etc. No pause healing. This ain't Fallout!

LoveSack
LoveSack

i'm scared to try it...but i want to

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I love the original Demon's Souls, but, unfortunately, the online servers are being shut soon. Because of this, I'm definitely getting the 360 version of Dark Souls. At least with the 360 version, the servers won't get turned off.

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

"the ability to dual-wield weapons and summon non-player characters during battle, more variations and improvements in co-op mode, and new outdoor areas that are seamlessly connected to one another." Sounds like they really listened to what the players wanted, and now that i know its out in october i can happily go put myself in a Coma for the next few months!

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

So, I'm not going to leave my PS3 for a few days in October? Sounds good.

6h05tly
6h05tly

(Leaves message): "Be wary of the enemy's cuteness this October" Must pre-order Dark Souls like NOW! :twisted:

Subnubbins
Subnubbins

@iikefkaii. If your message got approved, your character would gain some healing.

Subnubbins
Subnubbins

8-bit gaming for the modern generation. And this time, we ALL get to play!

blackace
blackace

@Sigil-otaku said: @blackace Demons souls did need a pause button, after all it's a game and pausing it isn't going to make it any easier as you do it mid combat and you're just going to get hacked all the same. Want to read a guide and you'd just do it ahead of each battle. Uncharted 2 better for goty though? No way. Not even deserving of a nomination in my opinion. **************************************************************** That's your opinion, but the majority of gaming site chose Uncharted 2 for GotY. i don't even think there were any other sites besides Gamespot who chose Demon's Souls for GotY. That should tell you something. The game need a pause button and a better way to save your progress. Hopefully the sequel will fix these glaring mistakes.

lifegivith
lifegivith

i feel like dark souls should have been ps3 only... im not a fanboy, i have both systems.

DreamorDie
DreamorDie

I gotta preorder lol, I can't wait im stoked!

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@blackace Demons souls did need a pause button, after all it's a game and pausing it isn't going to make it any easier as you do it mid combat and you're just going to get hacked all the same. Want to read a guide and you'd just do it ahead of each battle. Uncharted 2 better for goty though? No way. Not even deserving of a nomination in my opinion.

blackace
blackace

I hope you can pause the game this time. Demon's Souls should not have gotten GoTY however. There are are least 3-4 other games that deserved it way more. Uncharted 2 being one of them.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

Looking forward towards Dark Souls. It will be fun, but it will be a very challenging game.

OaklandRaiderz
OaklandRaiderz

never made it past the first boss in DS, but its such a great game. we need more like these!

iikefkaii
iikefkaii

@Temblay343 Rofl, what was up with that message anyway? Never figured that one out...

kvan33
kvan33

I loved the combat in Demon Souls. Very strategic. It really made other games where you just wail on enemies watching a combo meter climb seem stupid. Pulling off a reposte in a hard fight is way more satisfying than a 100 hit combo any day.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

Alongside Mortal Kombat this is the game I've been most looking forward to this year.

joeborg14
joeborg14

Beat the first Demon's Souls 5+ times... Can't wait to nerdgasm over the second one! I hope it continues to garner support, it certainly deserves it.

jets78
jets78

looking forward to playing this in co-op mode with some one but dont know what system to by it for.

Savior24
Savior24

@Crash WL October 12 is my Birthday, so I'm hoping for a midnight release on October 11 (which would be Tuesday; the day most new releases come out), so hopefully both of our dreams can come True! I so can't wait for Dark Souls!!! October can't get here quick enough...

j_pires128
j_pires128

@Rocker6 I've the same problem. Finish Demon's Souls and go for the 2nd play... Let's go for it!!!!

Rocker6
Rocker6

If only I could complete Demons Souls.But anyway,I will get this and be more frustrated,its a good frustration.

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

October 15th is my birthday... please, a Demon's Souls successor on my birthday? The best ******** gift ever!

unknownmight
unknownmight

Are they trying to sell the game by showing a chain of horrific death scenarios? Well, it worked for me...

Turb_mazteR
Turb_mazteR

Oh no Black Phantom rapist, please don't take my souls and dignity! I need's me those!

Tennies07
Tennies07

Wait so we weren't able to dual wield in Demons Souls? Then what was I doing when I got massacred by a horde of blood thirsty enemies while valiantly trying to hack my way through with two katanas. Anyways, definitely can't wait for this game.

Lagguz
Lagguz

My birthday is in october... Best present ever! Thank you namco/from software!

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

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