Dark Souls scares North America October 4

From Software's action role-playing game landing on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this fall; due out in Japan this September and in Europe on October 7.

2009's Demon's Souls was critically praised for being fantastic and difficult, ultimately earning the GameSpot's Game of the Year accolade. Now, gamers waiting to play its successor--Dark Souls--have a firm release date to circle on their calendars.

Dark Souls will be available in time for Halloween.

Publisher Namco Bandai today announced that Dark Souls will land on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in North America on October 4. The From Software-developed action role-playing game was previously scheduled to debut at an unspecified date in early October. Dark Souls will ship in Japan this September and in European regions on October 7.

The action role-playing game is set in a dark fantasy world complete with dungeons and otherworldly creatures to battle. 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 on the upcoming title, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Dark Souls, as well as an interview with the game's producer Kei Hirono, embedded below.

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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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SuperMessy
SuperMessy

Already pre-ordered. I'm can't wait for the new challenging bosses and levels.

Rocker6
Rocker6

I will get it only if I manage to beat Demons Souls till October.Its a great game,but really hard.

shaks101
shaks101

I will be patiently waiting for Skyrim over this. Did not impress me much, much of the same like Demon Souls tbh. IMO of course..

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

On 360 too? Between this and Insomniac's game, this'll be a year of win for 360!

helldude90
helldude90

They said this game is harder than demon's souls, all I say "BRING IT ON"

TerrorformZero
TerrorformZero

This game looks insane. I can't wait for it. Demon Souls was one of the only PS3 games I really wanted to play...

charlieboomboom
charlieboomboom

can someone tell me if u need xbox gold to play this??

IceJester45
IceJester45

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Rovelius
Rovelius

@IceJester45 It's the only one I can come to from your reaction. I did not "jump" to it either. All I did was stating the facts as they are - From are developing what they want and they don't care if it's too hard for some. It takes someone awfully competitive/paranoid to think I was trying to show off or something. So unless you give me something to work with I'll stick to my opinion.

IceJester45
IceJester45

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Bilal100
Bilal100

Eddie we already have the ability to dual wield weapons in Demons Souls so its not a new feature.

darkwolf1459
darkwolf1459

Haha October 4th is my birthday, exactly to the date...that's pretty cool.

Rovelius
Rovelius

@IceJester45 The problem here is you being paranoid when all I did was stating the truth. You having an inferiority complex is not my problem.

Morbissus
Morbissus

Dark Souls, Deus Ex, Arkham City, Skyrim & The Witcher 2 this year. Best line up for gaming ever, period!

thebruceshow
thebruceshow

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Maxxgold
Maxxgold

This game is going to be Awesome. Gamespot got this one right .

slainta
slainta

Already pre ordered the Zavvi special edition with game guide, DVD bonus, etc. 43€ only!! Looking forward for my deaths nightmare. :)

DFBTG
DFBTG

Heck, yes. So looking forward to this game. Hope we have another game as awesome as Demon's Souls on our hands.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Wow so many games to buy this fall

enzyme36
enzyme36

I don't think I even need to play this to give it my vote for goty.

IceJester45
IceJester45

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Night_thegamer
Night_thegamer

good thing its coming on the xbox 360 this this time ...i never had the chance to play demon souls :(

Rovelius
Rovelius

@IceJester45 Quick to jump to conclusions aren't you?

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

This game is going to be so awesome. Though I will keep dying in the process.

majere613
majere613

I can't take it anymore- The original HAD DUAL WIELDING. Gah! Right, got that out of my system, onward to October :) (Oh, and yay European release this time!)

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

If it's 4 for the US, it should be 7 for Europe, since games get released on Tuesdays (4) and Fridays (7) here. Apart from that, Demon's Souls is my favorite game of all time, for a load of reasons that would take me a while to state. It's simply wonderful. When I saw the trailers of Dark Souls, I thought "Game of the Year, again". My birthday's on the 15th, but though kind of early, the Special Edition will be one of my greatest birthday gifts ever!

plaintomato
plaintomato

Demon's Souls is one of the few contenders for BEST. GAME. EVER. We already know this will be good. Here's hoping Cursed Crusade turns out too.

varunvikram1
varunvikram1

Damm i was hoping to play this during the summer

shooters125
shooters125

@luckylogan psn has been back on for a while now.

cds325
cds325

god bless america LOL!

TonnFool23
TonnFool23

Thank god A REAL GAME THAT IS HARD!

luckylogan
luckylogan

Think PSN will be back on by then?

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

just started playing through demons souls again yesterday, gotta love it!

AluminumAndroid
AluminumAndroid

Pre-ordered it today, can't beat being upgraded to special edition for no extra price.

3rdangel
3rdangel

Demon's soul: best rpg ever....can't wait 4 this!!!!

deathknightleo
deathknightleo

this game is going to rule... already pre orderd and payed for ^^

INewIRave
INewIRave

In Europe this game was nowhere near as big through lack of advertising or because of the late of release idk why, I had to buy the special edition and managed, after a lot of effort, to make my friend get it. I after dying for like the 10th time had to resort to the guide with my edition and managed to get through with relative ease, my friend however a far better gamer than myself took 2-3 months to beat the game...neither of us went for the second go not through lack of want but because its too damned hard. Brilliant, challenging and utterly inspired the game of the decade for me by a mile.

ViolentDjango
ViolentDjango

@oKiRe As a devout Monster Hunter fan (I even picked up Dynamic Hunting for my iPad) I will tell you that it definitely is.

Mr_Ditters
Mr_Ditters

They should release a PC version so I can sell my PS3. This is the only reason I'm still hanging onto my console. I had more fun playing Demon's Souls than any other game in a looong time. 360 owners are in for a treat.

IceJester45
IceJester45

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oKiRe
oKiRe

Demon Souls can't be harder than Monster Hunter... is it?

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

I'll buy it if there's either a difficulty setting or the game is easier. I bought Demon's Souls and enjoyed it for a bit, but ultimately I was annoyed with how much time I had to waste picking up my corpse after deaths, and the trial and error gameplay (to figure out how new enemies worked) added to that annoyance. If I wanted MMORPG death mechanics, I'd play an MMORPG. I don't mind difficulty, but things like that add more frustration than challenge to me.

keech
keech

Great news. I just recently picked up a PS3 so I'm currently playing Demon's Souls for the first time, and I'm addicted to it. Honestly the hardest part of the game is getting over the "rush in and kill" mentality that most American gamers have. Which is why I hope they have a bit more in-depth tutorial of the games deeper mechanics in the sequel. The original didn't make things like assisting, invading other players, or even how to boost your stats particularly obvious.

sagameister3
sagameister3

Looks like the 360 players are in for a treat.

Frosty192
Frosty192

OH BOY OH BOY OH BOY. Too bad I suck and havent beat demons souls yet..