Dark Souls PC port was 'half-assed' says director

Yui Tanimura says PC version of role-playing game "not very well done," promises From Software won't repeat mistakes with sequel.

The PC version of Dark Souls was "half-assed," according to Dark Souls II director Yui Tanimura. Speaking with Shacknews, the From Software designer promised the studio won't make the same mistakes twice with the PC version of the upcoming sequel.

"A lot of it was not very well done, sort of half-assed," Tanimura said.

The PC version of Dark Souls shipped some ten months after the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 iterations. This won't happen with the sequel, as all Dark Souls II versions are slated to launch simultaneously.

"Yes, we will definitely put more priority on the PC. Last time, we started working on PC after the console version was complete," Tanimura added. "This time, because we are considering the PC from the beginning, you can be sure there will be more care put into PC development."

Publisher Namco Bandai also confirmed to Shacknews that Dark Souls PC has sold more than 300,000 digital copies, though physical retail sales were not divulged.

For more on the Dark Souls series, check out GameSpot's review of the PC version, as well as first-look preview of Dark Souls II.

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FernoFrY
FernoFrY

When the console version came out they apologised for it not being good enough too! I think these guys have really high standards of themselves. Good company trying to do better every time

June-GS
June-GS

"...A lot of it was not very well done, sort of half-assed..." -- I like it when someone with balls admits to their mistakes. So @Mr. Tanimura, you have our faith, but we WILL hold you to your word. So don't let us down.

dark_sith_
dark_sith_

Latter. I meant that in a positive light. I don't mind dying, but having to replay the same section over and over, fight same enemies over and over, those things do become tedious after a while. I hope in that the sequel bonfires get placed much closer to the big boss fights.

soeppel
soeppel

Dark Souls was launched on the PC to glowing reviews (8.5 on metacritic). It got a 9.5 here on Gamespot and anybody questioning the quality of the port was instantly shot down by fanboys in the forum threads.

Now even From Software admits it was a lousy port. Half-assed indeed.

petez34
petez34

I really hope they get rid of those stupid 'A' 'B' console prompts. they drive me totally f***** crazy. respect PC players or fuck off!

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

I remember when it was the other way around and everything was ported from the PC.  Now the PC end is shoddy and half assed.  PC gaming just took a dive this past decade.  Just doesn't make sense anymore.  Last time I had a rig I spent 350 on a graphics card just to be able to hit the benchmark for the next new game.  I'm done with that shyt

deeper_crust
deeper_crust

300,000, not a bad stat! See if you give us good games, we'll support it. And I thought the PC version was very good after using the DS Fix  


Waiiit, there was one caveat, bloody GFWL! Remove that sh*t pls

sknight175216
sknight175216

The third time is the charm I guess. You would think they would have learned from Ninja Blade, but nope.

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

I love playing DS on my PC, but I prefer to play my PS3 copy, mainly because multi-player works properly on PS3. I still load the PC version once in a while but the issues with summoning and being summoned really frustrate me. Hopefully DS2 won't have these issues because I've decided to get the PC version when it's released.

TheEveryMan
TheEveryMan

Admire his honesty, but he shouldn't crap on his own product. If that happens, everybody loses a little faith in you.

laser00
laser00

I'm glad to hear these news, the PC version was half-assed but thank god for modders. You saved my gaming experience once again :)

AlexFili
AlexFili

I hate half-assed ports. AC3's frame rate optimisation was horrible, dual cores not being used properly, 20% of the CPU being idle...

Pete5506
Pete5506

The port was done poorly, but I am just glad that the PC players have the game. 

bfa1509
bfa1509

I like that guy's honesty.

willzihang
willzihang

Even though I don't like the original game, I am elated to hear they are having a same time release for PC and consoles for the sequel. Nice to see companies investing more confidence in PC gaming.

digitaltiger
digitaltiger

The price tag probably wasn't half assed.

Hurvl
Hurvl

"Publisher Namco Bandai also confirmed to Shacknews that Dark Souls PC has sold more than 300,000 digital copies, though physical retail sales were not divulged." Lol, it's always the other way around when it comes to PC from my experience and probably a big reason why some think that PC games aren't profitable enough.

Sardinar
Sardinar

How about you back it up by patching the fucking port? These words meaning nothing as long as that hasn't been done.

babuun
babuun

If i have to figure out what button ,,A" is on my keyboard then it really was ,,half-assed"

Ledah
Ledah

"This time, because we are considering the PC from the beginning, you can be sure there will be more care put into PC development." 

This makes me really happy.

petez34
petez34

yeeeaah! I figured that when I read the '360 controller is strongly recommended' notice posted on Steam. It's nice to read that they'll put forth a better effort next time around. 

RockoW
RockoW

The Dark Souls series is meant to be played on consoles, and that's how I'm gonna play it.

edinko
edinko

I am curious why don't they bring it to PS4. DS1 had afwul enough framerate on current gen and if they even improve the gfx quality I cant imagine it running very well

Aydenuille
Aydenuille

Yes it was bad, but I still enjoyed it. Once you got used to the controls, and made sure your mouse pointer was removed (the horror), it was ok. I was just glad it came to PC in the first place.

Though I hope Dark Souls II does a far better job performing on PC, obvouisly.

Black_Tribi
Black_Tribi

Really? I didn't even notice. *sarcasm*

NightmareP3
NightmareP3

Please don't use GFWL, i still to this date cannot buy Dark Souls 1 because of GFWL.

GFWL locks many games for alot of countries.

vadagar1
vadagar1

half assed... it was fucking unplayable

majere613
majere613

Good Lord no. Though if I had, it wouldn't have changed my answer. Spec Ops.. closer.

ViskiJack
ViskiJack

Neglecting the PC is the first and foremost reason that  Japanese developers are almost dead in the gaming industry.Sure you sell more copies on console but a game like Skyrim or COD that they can dream of money vise is essentially pirated 10 times over the actual sales on the consoles.You cant neglect so many people who are potential buyers on Steam or some other way.Also developers like Crytek Ubisoft Montreal Bethesda Infinity ward CD Project and others all give a strong PC version of their games even tho they make most of their money on consoles.A game like Dark Souls is better than Skyrim tenfold yet it's sales are a joke in comparison.Because Skyrim is well known in the game forums and websites full of PC nerds.  Ignore the PC at your own peril .

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I fully expect this to change for most games, since the next-gen consoles are basically PC's.

lieuwa
lieuwa

Please don't use the stupid GFWL again and full keyboard and mouse support, From Sofware

And Yes, 60 fps

sammoth
sammoth

Agreed..was no surprise either. When are these developers going to learn just because it looks good and plays well on consoles that it will be the same on PC without making adjustments.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Really? Only time I saw it on PC in a friend's home looked pretty nice in general...

Good to see a director admitting mistake though... you don't see that everyday.

dicosoul
dicosoul

My demand list: 1- No GFWL.(will never forgive that thing) 2- Sharp Graphics. 3- Make game-pad compulsory  (I don't get it why people play these type of games with keyboard+mouse, its a lot easier and fun with a controller, -x360ce -no disrespect intended).

LilithN
LilithN

Thank you thank you thank you /e love Dark Souls.

Bond_Villain
Bond_Villain

No big deal Tanimura san

As you know, some guy did a mod out of his bedroom a few days after the PC launch which gave DS 60FPS and hi resolution grafx.

Next time you guys need someone to do a proper PC port, you may want to hire this guy :)

ixmardukxi
ixmardukxi

please don't make it compulsory to play the game on Games for windows live!

goggles123456
goggles123456

Even though it was apparently half-assed as a PC port, Dark Souls is still my favorite game to date.  I didn't really find too many things to complain about with the PC version; I found I enjoyed it quite a bit!  I tried that apparent fix that came out post release, but I couldn't really see a difference.  Did I do something wrong?  I'm not sure, but I've been playing the "vanilla" Dark Souls for ages now on PC and enjoy it all the same.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

If they had put as much work into it as the modding community then I may have purchased it.  Still, with Games for Windows and a horrible porting job, I doubt I will even look at it in the $5 dollar bin at a Steam sale.  

If they do better with Dark Souls 2, I might give it a chance at about a 50% Steam sale.  The first one was just one more example of why I no longer pre-order or buy games at full price unless they are from the few companies who have proved themselves to me time and time again.  Even Bugthesda has done a better job...on the PC (I won't mention the PS3 version of Skyrim too often).

max-hit
max-hit

It was fixed thanks to that DS fix mod, but I still had to play it with a controller. I want to play Dark Souls 2 with mouse and keyboard.

Master_cheat001
Master_cheat001

I literally coudn't play it with my mouse and keyboard at all. The graphic is very bad. It is almost unplayable without mods.

CBN16
CBN16

With DS fix, it isn't bad at all. I have it for PC and it is one of my favorite RPGs.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Luckily fans were able to put out a patch within the first few days that greatly enhanced the game with things like running at a higher resolution.

I look forward to the next game and will buy it day one. I bought Dark Souls day one on PS3 and PC.

OLDSNAKE1
OLDSNAKE1

I would defintely go with buying this for  console because it was so easy to cheat on the pc version and get your character to the highest level.  

travisstaggs
travisstaggs

I love developers like this. They admit when they mess up and don't come up with some bs excuse, more devs should take note of this.

To be honest my only major complaint about the PC version is it uses GFWL which is horrible.