Dark Souls 3 Release Date, Two Collector's Editions Leaked by Retailer

The new Dark Souls may come in Collector's and Prestige editions, each with its own figurine.

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The release date and two separate collector's editions for Dark Souls III appear to have been leaked by an online retailer listing.

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Geekay Games has published listings (via Wario64) for two versions of Dark Souls III: the Collector edition and Prestige edition. Accompanying images on both pages reveal their contents, as well as a release date of April 12, 2016. That fits right into the April release window we'd previously been given.

The Collector edition comes with the game itself, a 25-cm (about 10-inch) red knight figurine, hardcover art book, cloth map, soundtrack, iron-on patches, metal case, and collector's box.

The Prestige edition includes many of the same things--the game, art book, cloth map, soundtrack, patches, and metal case. But in place of the red knight figurine, you instead get a 40-cm (about 16-inch) Lord of Cinder figurine and what looks like a different collector's box.

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Being a Middle Eastern retailer, the prices listed for both versions are unlikely to line up with those you can expect to see in North America or Europe. The Collector edition costs 499 AED (about $136), while the Prestige edition costs 1,799 AED (about $490).

We've followed up with Bandai Namco to see if it will confirm any of these details. We'll report back with any information we receive.

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It is all thanks to Hidetaka Miyazaki...

Sincerest thanks...

May the good blood guide your way.

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Why in the world would an edition with a slightly larger figure cost an additional $300? That's idiotic, I'm really doubting the validity of these rumored "leaks" with such an unrealistic price. The first one makes perfect sense, the second is ridiculous though

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Dark Souls is turning into "CoD"

Unfortunately the hardcore fans won't ever realize it.

I love both series, but too bad it's true.

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@Hoffymann07: How is that? Dark Souls 3 has been in the works for the past two years, Bloodborne was being worked on immediately after Dark Souls 2. Sure, they are yearly releases by now, but if the games have hard working teams putting in the necessary efforts and time in creating them and those games end up being really good, then by all means may they keep releasing a new title every year. I'm certainly not one to complain.

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Hell naw. I think a coffee mug would've been a better idea, for significantly less money.

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Okay, I know nothing about currency transfer rate, but $490. That cannot be right. I HOPE that is not right. I am a HUGE dark souls fan, but a $490 collector's edition would be a bit much.

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Bastards! I've collected every collector's edition since Demon's Souls and now they offer TWO different statues? Argh I want em' both but I clearly can't afford to pay for both, especially when it's just the statue difference.

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@karloss01: Was thinking the exact same thing!

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350$? Even for a good game it's too much. I guess they have fallen to corporate like titans in the game

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A map for Dark Souls? I'm never buying these tacked on bonuses. They're obvious ca$h grabs and they make the game easier. Dark Souls is all about getting lost, I don't need a map.

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@bud-wiser: All about making your own map as you play the game, cos why not? :D

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@bud-wiser:

Contrary to what you might think, the map doesn't help you one bit. It's just a cool topographical map to give you some insight on the relative geography of all the different places. I ended up getting the map for Dark Souls 1 and Dark Souls 2 and it didn't help at all

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@jhcho2: Exactly. I got the collector's edition for Dark Souls 2 and the map was merely decorative IMO.

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even the 135$ edition is crap

with bloodborne we got REAL gothic ink and quill set

a bell, an empty journal write your nightmares

digital soundtrack in a code, artbook, another digital hat code

AND a cool looking bookcase for your games

and all of that was for 120 euros!

now what are you getting for that 135$?

oh a statue? some cheapass cloth map and what? cloth patches???? whhhat? that's not worth 135$

that's not even worth 100$

you're being ripped off for MORE money whole getting LESS stuff

this type of collector's edition is an insult to the series

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@quickshooterMk2: Huh. The Bloodborne Collector's Edition not having a statue/figurine is EXACTLY why I didn't get it. I'm glad they're bringing this back.

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@quickshooterMk2:

It IS a big damn statue for that Price. 10 inch status normally go for 150 plus dollars.

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Collectors Editions aka Overpriced Statue Edition

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I have money, but not that damn much money. Jebus.

It's like they want to make me sell my new-still-factory-shrinkwrapped Black Phantom edition of Demon's Souls.

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12th of April? *sigh* Exam season is going to take a hit, lol.

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So the lord of cinder figure clearly is not Gwyn, does that mean that this story is based in a world where the chosen undead succeeded Gwyn and sacrificed himself?

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@validifyed: So Dark souls 1 ends with Some "fool, player" who had sacrificed himself into fire, 2nd game ends with Player leaving throne and bringing age of darkness but compared to previous cycles Chosen one had Crown of miracles that DEFY rules and Hollow cycle got broken, So seems Gwyn got new form because age of fire had ended he's going to try to Bring it back.

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@wexorian: Yeah... don't worry about DS2, just ignore it. The lore might as well be fanfiction. There is a distinct possibility that this game will tie into DS1, though.

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@MODNAR11: its already been stated that 3 is a sequel to 2, and will follow its lore. So no, dont ignore ds2...

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@validifyed: The story I think describe Lords of Cinder. Maybe the cycle has continued for a while and every chosen one fulfills th role of a new Lord of Cinder.

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If there really is a $350 price difference between the Collector's and the Prestige editions, and the only difference is the statue - I'll settle for the Collector's.

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"Being a Middle Eastern retailer, the prices listed for both versions are unlikely to line up with those you can expect to see in North America or Europe."

That means "Don't worry about the prices yet, they are (probably) not accurate".

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Man, I am just bummed that I cannot buy an edition with BOTH of the statues... We all know it is a weird pricing discrepancy and that it will likely be $200 or less for the Cinder one but still why would they have two separate ones?

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$490.00 that Lord of Cinder figurine better come alive at night and clean my house and give me handies.

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@banjhex: Imagine having a sex dream then waking in the middle of the night to the scent of lemon pledge to find that the statue is no longer on the shelf, but lying beside you in bed, with a cigarette in its mouth.

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@whatsazerg: and it whispers in your ear: "we need more lemon pledge"

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@Argle: Or you wake up mid-job and it panics and proceeds to stab you with it's pointy sword. "Y-you startle me Senpai!"

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@karloss01: ...what am I reading right now....

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So it's a current-gen exclusive huh? If so then the graphics better not suck this time. They were crappy in both previous games.

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@4kgamer_lmxxx: Ive been playing Dark Souls recently, graphics look good to me. Nothing mind-blowing but far from what I would call "Bad", and thats without taking into account that its 4 years old. Its got a nice style to it which helps.

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@4kgamer_lmxxx: They're using the Bloodborne engine, for whatever that's worth. I just hope the weird frame-pacing issues are resolved, or at least fixed on PC.

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@4kgamer_lmxxx: Umm... Dark Souls II was (for the most part) a last-gen exclusive. The current-gen versions were HD remasters. "This time" is irrelevant unless you think Bloodborne's visuals were terrible.

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That has got to be a typo.... $490 for the Prestige Edition? Um yeah.... HOW ABOUT NO.

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@Xirtahm: "Being a Middle Eastern retailer, the prices listed for both versions are unlikely to line up with those you can expect to see in North America or Europe."

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@linusa: You don't need to quote the article. Even in other markets, the price of the Prestige edition is going for THREE TIMES the amount of the Collector one... just for a statue that's a bit larger, and a different box.

Common logic in pricing is the issue. It doesn't matter what market it's being sold in, that can't be an accurate price point.

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$500 for the Prestige one? at what point did these special editions hit the crazy plateau?

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The price of the Prestige Edition cannot possibly be right. $490???

I'm as big of a Souls series fanboy as you will ever find but you'd have to be nuts to pay that much of a premium over the Collector's Edition.

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@BeefoTheBold: "Being a Middle Eastern retailer, the prices listed for both versions are unlikely to line up with those you can expect to see in North America or Europe."

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April 12 can't come soon enough! So stoked!

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@Poison-tooth: Indeed!

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I hate it when games go mainstream. It's the beginning of the end for us.

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@cboye18: i completely agree

once it hits the mainstream, it becomes corrupted, casualized, and exploited

ahhhh such is a life of gaming... it's like seeing your beautiful daugther become a whore

truely sad...

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@cboye18: It's ok... just remember how few of these people will actually know what the **** is going on with the lore, and who wont know how to play the game in such a way that they learn anything, and will outright suck and rage because its Dark Souls.

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@validifyed: But the others are saying it will get casualized so they won't have to rage quit.

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