Dark Souls DLC hitting Xbox 360, PS3 Oct. 23

[UPDATE] Namco Bandai announces Artorias of the Abyss DLC hitting consoles in North America Oct. 23, Europe Oct. 24.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Namco Bandai confirmed that the Artorias of the Abyss DLC will arrive in North America for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 23.

The original story follows below

Console gamers will soon have new ways to die in From Software's well-received role-playing game Dark Souls. Publisher Namco Bandai announced today that the Artorias of the Abyss downloadable content will be available on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in Europe and Australasia October 24.

New Dark Souls DLC invites gamers to die all over again.

It was not mentioned when or if the content would arrive in North America, and a Namco Bandai representative was not immediately available to comment.

The DLC made its debut in Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition, a PC-exclusive version of the game that was released in August to a warm critical reception. The content adds new dungeons and boss battles, as well as an "enhanced" online player-versus-player mode, and weapons and armor.

It appears Namco Bandai has bumped up the release date for the console release of the Artorias of the Abyss DLC, as it was originally scheduled to arrive sometime this winter. At the time, it was suggested that the content would bear a $15 price tag.

Dark Souls was released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in October 2011 to a glowing critical reception. It went on to ship more than 1.5 million units worldwide and was October's sixth-best-selling title.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Sabejra
Sabejra

Umm.. can anyone help me with something.

So I hopped onto the Playstation store - ps3.

I Searched, found and bought the Prepare to die edition dlc for dark souls.

Downloaded the 100kb installer or what ever.

Here's my problem.. I can't find the download for the dlc.

It won't download when starting the game at -checking downloadable content.

I can't find anything on the playstation menu, anywhere.

Help I don't want my money to go to waste. :(

morf76
morf76

ah, looks like I need to prepare two things: 1) £9.99 on the psn wallet, 2) my warrior to die.

Gurtslinger13
Gurtslinger13

Hey can anyone tell me after you beat dark souls is there anywhere it says ng+. I beat it a few months ago and now went back to play it today because of the dlc but i can't tell if it saved, i have the trophy for the ending, and i dont have any rings such as the orange charred ring, or the covenant ring. But i dont remember reaching the undead burg after i beat the game is there any way to check in your in game menu or something. Thanks

monks99
monks99

If there are hardcore DS fans out there like me..friend request me on PSN (miggity106)  Praise the Sun!!!   Great DLC!!!

f4tal8ty
f4tal8ty

Only requirements to access the DLC is to have Dusk freed  and acquire a pendant from Duke's Archives.

1-xv-5
1-xv-5

Will this be released in PSN asia?

monks99
monks99

BEST and most rewarding of all games....praise the sun...and to the DS community...feel free to friend request me on PSN (miggity106)....I had a similar question to the person below me...how far in the game do you have to be to begin the DLC??

Tygravius
Tygravius

Can't decide to start a new character or use my NG+ character for this DLC. Will it matter? Does anyone know what the requirements are? For instance, do you have to have the Lordvessel or have beatin a certain boss?.....Definatly stoked on this!!!

Diggfinger
Diggfinger

This game is SO difficult...and SO sweet....

strahd01
strahd01

I am all over this. I am at the last boss, just grinding for new game+ so I can access this!

korisnik666
korisnik666

Where is the US announcement, dont give a f*** about Europe and Australasia (whatever that is). This should be news either on a different website or on an international board.

Marinedawg
Marinedawg

I can't wait, I think I'm going to have to start playing again in anticipation.

Kazmo-Khan
Kazmo-Khan

Cool, just bought this game today and so far I'm enjoying myself. I should have bought this when it came out!

longbranche9966
longbranche9966

Just more places to hunt you newbs down and take your SOULS!

TheodenofRohan
TheodenofRohan

i have officially becone excited for this DLC!

 

uponrise
uponrise

I can not wait for the dlc .. I have to buy the pc version .. this game is so good, it deserves not wait .. is the best of all time .. in my opinion, of course

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

I wonder if this will have any achievements/trophies. It didn't have any achievements in the PC version.

assshooter_2
assshooter_2

When is the NA release?

We're getting fucked over, Scamco Bandai is probably going to announce it in December, at this rate.

ilantis
ilantis

They have yet to fix their mega broken online mode and they are releasing DLCs instead

MuggySake
MuggySake

I haven't really noticed the difference from playing it on 360 and the PC, performance issues aside. I thought it launched the same time across platforms though

countofhell4321
countofhell4321

And what about the retail version ?  Any release date announced ? Some stores says 10.19. But it is still not confirmed .

franzito
franzito

Time to go back to Dark Souls!

garysingh34
garysingh34

Tell you what guys I sailed through Dark Souls (70 hours lol!) but I am playing Demon Souls right now and Im finding it hard as hell! Can get passed the tower knight! I miss the estus flasks!

monks99
monks99

 @Tygravius I killed Dusk by complete accident...still accessed DLC...and some Mushroom character sells u Dusks shit anyways  lol

monks99
monks99

 @Tygravius Lord Vessel has to be placed...you don't have to beat the game to access...just go to DarkRoot and save Dusk...by killing Gloem past the waterfall...then Warp to Duke Archives...as soon as u get there kill the Blue Gloem...u will receive a treasure...then go Immadeatly back to where u saved Dusk...u will see something floating..examine it...u will go to Santuary..and fight Santuary Guardian...u need high res Lighting Armor...his weakness is bleed...and he can poison you...

hellangel_boy
hellangel_boy

 @Tygravius I think you can start from anywhere, and the game will optimize the DLC to your progress, and as I read you just go to Duke's Archive near the first bonfire and you kill the golem that appears there, and the rest will be fine. 

monks99
monks99

 @x-2tha-z That's a good question..if you fond out..lemme know..thx

assshooter_2
assshooter_2

 @ilantis 

The game isn't an Online game entirely.

You can play just fine in offline mode, the MP isn't really the focus for developers.

edinko
edinko

 @MuggySakeYou cant see a difference between blurry 720p FPS stutter and a 1080p and above no fps stutter version?

einrazer
einrazer

 @garysingh34 I find the biggest boss problem were the two gargoyles (can't remember what they were called).  Always knocked me off the damn ledge.  The estus flasks and the bonfires made dark souls way easier than demons souls.

countofhell4321
countofhell4321

 @garysingh34 

Stay outside his melee range, the best spot is waiting on the stairs, cast fire on your weapon, Tower Knight lack fire resistance. Watch his arm, and run below him, and hit his foot until he falls down. Hit hard his head . Repeat this method and you will win .

franzito
franzito

@garysingh34 The Tower Knight isn't that hard, bring a Longbow and 200+ good arrows. Stay in the upper part of the fortress, aim for the head and, when he starts to throw the spear, shoot him..

RaveNRolla
RaveNRolla

 @einrazer  @garysingh34  maneaters is what they r called (ye, nelly furtado actually sings about them). they r highly susceptible to fire. firestorm or what's it called (u get it from the witch for the dragon god's soul) is a VERY good tactic. at the beginning of the fight the 1st dude will come towards u which is an excellent opportunity to take him out right away (IF u r able to use that spell and can enhance it). and don't be emberassed there is not a single DS player in the world who didn't get knocked of the edge by them at least once ;)

franzito
franzito

@countofhell4321 Nice strategy, I play with a melee build, it's very exciting!

garysingh34
garysingh34

Cool will give it a go. To be honest, I just want to go back to Dark Souls but I know Demon Souls will be a good game once I properly get into it!

edinko
edinko

 @stoneproof  @MuggySake

 I am afraid the stupidity joke is on you. THe must have patch for the game allows to run in 1080p and beyond. actually some people ruin it much higher neraly 2000p. In addition it supports Anitaliasing now, SSAO, high resolution depth of field and other stuff i cant remember now.

What you said is not just stupid its not even true. If you do your research next time you will find out that the console version doesnt even run in 720p cause its just 1024 horizontal resolution. In other words the console version doesnt run even in low 720p HD at all while the PC version can basically run in 4K. NOt to speaking that the console version has abyssmal frame rate stutter while the PC version does not and can run now (in beta version) on 60fps instead of 30 which makes the game more smooth.

Check your facts next time mate

mjtplayer
mjtplayer

@franzito Just stay behind him and aim for the achilles heel - his weak spot

mjtplayer
mjtplayer

@Jontonz @franzito I did the same thing, do what you can to win - there's no such thing as cheap.

Jontonz
Jontonz

 @franzito  @mjtplayer I killed Old King Doran with a cheap tactic at lvl 35 :3 Luring him back and forth outside of the cathedral to the towers and hitting him as he retreats make him an easy fight for noobs

franzito
franzito

@mjtplayer King Doran is nasty too but nothing a great sword can't deal with.

franzito
franzito

@mjtplayer Flamelurker is pure hell even if you are on high levels.

mjtplayer
mjtplayer

@garysingh34 hardest boss in the game is optional - old king doran

mjtplayer
mjtplayer

@garysingh34 Wait till you get to flamelurker - he's a bitch