Dark Souls II could end up with DLC, despite earlier claims

But it all depends on fan feedback, says Dark Souls II producer Takeshi Miyazoe.

Dark Souls II developer From Software has suggested it might be rethinking its decision not to consider creating downloadable content for the upcoming role-playing game, but added that it's all about what the game's community wants.

"There is definitely potential, I think," said producer Takeshi Miyazoe when asked about the possibility of making Dark Souls II DLC by OXM.

"Again, it's all about fan feedback. Right now we are concentrating on completing what we've got, but I think there are next steps on how we can expand on Dark Souls II."

"So I'm not really ready to say look forward to more information, but I think the potential is definitely there," he concluded.

When asked about DLC for the game last year, Miyazoe said that the team wasn't expecting any to be created.

“For Dark Souls 2, we don't even expect any additional downloadable content because we want to deliver a full game, the full experience, to fans who purchase the package from day one," said Miyazoe back in December.

From Software has dabbled in downloadable content before, releasing the Artorias of the Abyss DLC for the original Dark Souls, which added new weapons, enemies, locations, bosses, and a competitive player-versus-player mode to the game.

"We did do additional content for Dark Souls," continued Miyazoe at the time, "but generally downloadable content for Dark Souls II is not really being considered. Buy the package and you'll get the full experience, and you'll have as much fun as anybody else."

Namco Bandai also recently announced that actor Peter Serafinowicz would lend his vocal talents to Dark Souls II, voicing treasure hunter mild-mannered Pate.

Dark Souls II will be released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on March 11. A PC version will eventually follow.

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Discussion

318 comments
mesomorphin
mesomorphin

I would say halo has the most dedicated fanbase, their forums are very popular and the amount of halo machinimas that get released daily is nuts, given the time they put into editing and filming them

Snyper22
Snyper22

As long as the DLC is an after thought, and comes later this year and not within 30 days of the release. Then I see no problems.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

As long as the base game is a full, complete experience, I honestly don't care.

Samslayer
Samslayer

I'm buying the game regardless of DLC, but I must be honest that this is somewhat disappointing.  I guess if the DLC is heavy on new content then I will be alright with it.  Please though, do not nickle and dime me for little frivolous things, I don't want a p2w shop in one of the few pure gaming experiences left in the industry!

Shelledfade1
Shelledfade1

If they want to deliver us a full and complete game, that's fine, because we all know most companies cut game content out of their game and then turn it into DLC. (which is bs because nobody should be doing that).

I don't know what all their moaning is about, to be frank. Dark souls fans will gladly buy dark souls 2 DLC or expansion packs, just don't rip content out of whats already there to try and turn it into dlc.....  obviously.

Weird article..

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

Assuming it's like Artorias of the Abyss, I'm absolutely OK with it.

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

lls; I guess everybody got to get in on the craze!!

msauce32
msauce32

I guess as long as the content is like Artorias of the Abyss and not 5$ for some sword then I'm ok with it.  I'd be really upset if From starts trying to nickel and dime me though.

da_chub
da_chub

Just f'n release the game now!!!!

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

It would be nice not having to buy DLC for once.

NanuNanu14
NanuNanu14

I don't care one way or the other whether or not this game gets DLC. I gust want the content of the DLC to be worth the money I pay for it.

Sam Ndokosho
Sam Ndokosho

The PC community wants a complete game, like the Prepare to Die Edition. Make it US$60 dont matter, as long as I get the full game

wizardboyus
wizardboyus

well there's no such thing as too much content for a game like dark souls, it's good that they're not gonna worry about it until after the actual game comes out. too many devs have dlc as part of their business strategy, it affects the game in a negative way usually, blocking users out of content and cutting content out to save for later.. 

Yannio Fabian
Yannio Fabian

Reading some comments and i think they didn't read the article. They are thinking about DLC if fans want it but are focused on completing a full game without the need of DLC like other shills. Also it's a yay for me :D Give me more gameplay when i'm done

psuedospike
psuedospike

That's exactly what they said about the first one, then DLC came out and it was awesome and added a lot to the game and everyone bought it!

heartindarkness
heartindarkness

i don't mind whtevr !! but the main game should be atleast 60+ hours the only problem i had with dark souls was that there wasn't enough dark souls i always wanted more !!!!

bfa1509
bfa1509

I hate when people ask about a Dlc before the game is even released.

DAOWAce
DAOWAce

I wouldn't know about any of the things related to the release of the DLC as the PC version included it by default, and  for about half the price of the console versions to boot.


If they do do content DLC for the sequel, I just hope it's every bit like the one for the original game, and a fair price.  I don't really see anyone complaining about content DLC for games that isn't created prior to release (and isn't garbage, like CoD map packs); hell, most people appreciate that the game they love is getting new content.

Dominique DevilKun Smith
Dominique DevilKun Smith

Bring those expansions!!!! With even more harder bosses that make casual gamers bitch and cry

divinejester
divinejester

Why this is not coming out for the next gen I don't know? Maybe ports later on?

cinerius
cinerius

Artorias of the Abyss is the only DLC I ever bought; that's because it was a well made, rich, fulfilling expansion. I wouldn't mind From calling it Expansion rather than DLC.

Reza Armstrong
Reza Armstrong

You don't say, Of course people know what it's definition is, Do you really have nothing original to say?

majere613
majere613

I'd be fine with an expansion DLC sometime in the future. Of course if they do something similar to the Artorius expansion and release it as part of a next-gen version at the same time.. well, I'll be all over that.

Krokberg
Krokberg

The Artorias of the Abyss DLC was really great. Not only was there a lot to do, but the bosses were way better than most bosses in the core game, the areas looked better, there was some bad ass equipment, some interesting characters and a lot of lore to dig into. You knew that From had put a lot of work into the DLC, and if they do that with DLC for DkS 2, I don't mind bying it. From did DLC right with the Artorias expansion, and I'm most certain they'll do it right once again if they decide to make DLC for the sequel.

Jean-Marc Therrien
Jean-Marc Therrien

If it's anything like the DLC for the first Dark Souls then I'm all for it. Smaller DLC I don't mind if they're cheap.

Jev Renton
Jev Renton

no no of course but I'd still like to play the game on my ps4 instead of my ps3.

Brandon MacDougall
Brandon MacDougall

Same wiith a bunch of other people on here, DLC is Downloaded Content, downloadable content can also mean BIG expansion pack.

YoreLore
YoreLore

I don't mind DLC if it adds something worthwhile and is released at least 6 months to a year after the initial release.  All this day one dlc, map packs, multiplayer features stuff is just crap.  The Artorias DLC for Dark Souls was good !

Kevin Mann
Kevin Mann

If its as good as Artorias of the Abyss was then Hell yes.

Wej_accept_it
Wej_accept_it

Here's fan feedback, we'd rather get a complete game for one price then an incomplete game for one price followed by DLC at additional costs.
Thank you

slainta
slainta

The Prepare to Die edition was an extended game. You want the same deal? Then ask to have the game delayed on PC until a DLC will be available for console.

shingui5
shingui5

@Diegoctba  "without checkpoints"

Bonfires?

Diegoctba, you need to try harder, your trolling has started to not make sense >_< 

fanirama
fanirama

@Diegoctba Good, I applaud you as a fellow gamer for spending money as you see fit on something you like viz. Call of Duty and Battlefield. 

You also pointed out you don't like Dark Souls series which is fine and I would disagree with that sentiment. 

HOWEVER, something else you said is open for contradiction -you saying a game without dlc means it is not good enough to continue. That is utterly wrong and is what the current state of gaming has become because of people like you buying into that notion (literally). And game publishers are happy people like you support their flawed model. 

Games were made complete long before the advent of DLCs and other micro transactions which only started around 6-7 years back. There were no DLCs earlier. To sell a game on a console, game dev had to push out a "gold" release rather than sometimes incomplete alpha mess of a game we get, ensure no bugs exist and put ALL content in the game including map packs etc. Even your call of duty and battlefield series were like that. 

These games were so popular even back then without DLC that when the new internet connected console gen came, game publishers realized they could screw the gamers so easily putting out the same map with different lighting or "Re-release maps" and foolish people would run out and spend $500 on the same content and "think" they're getting a complete game.

Of course, lots of people shied away from this nonsense but with such a high volume of gamers sales of these once popular franchises before DLC was assured in the millions. And that has continued to this day. A new gamers emerged inthe last few years who now think this is normal. And that is a shame. 

I will never support games like CoD or BF anymore with their $60 charge for 4 hr single player, rehashed maps, dearth of content while charging lots of $$ for almost nothing or "re-touched maps" or "season pass" type bullshit. 

Compare with games like Dark Souls or GTA which puts out meaningful DLC (used  to be called Expansion packs and these truly exemplify that). 

Anyways, you can enjoy spending $500 on rehashed content and then finally you get a complete game for $500 while I will stick with spending the regular $60 for a complete game. To each his own. 

projectpat72988
projectpat72988

@Diegoctba  Yeah and all that DLC you pay for out of those games(military FPS especially) was already planned long before the games release and probably finished before you even purchased the original game with the publishers FULL intention being making you spend more money for absolutely no reason. Your comment sounded like a sarcastic joke someone would make about a modern gamer. You willingly shell out cash for shit that was purposely left out of the game then act like something that actually does stand by itself and does something different is crap? DLC will only get worse with attitudes like yours. Hand away your cash for something you should of already had when you made the original buy. End up essentially equaling %100 the price of the game or more for some maps designed a year ago.

shingui5
shingui5

@Deadlysyns87 @divinejester  

And it was probably already in development when the next-gen consoles were announced. 

I'd probably expect something similiar to the 'Prepare to die edition' later down the line, that not only includes the DLC with the original game, but will port to the enxt-gen.