Dark Souls II on the way

Sequel to From Software's role-playing game revealed at awards show; coming to Xbox 360, PS3, and PC with focus on new hero in "unfamiliar setting"; revamped server-based multiplayer also planned.

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Dark Souls is getting a sequel. Tonight during the 2012 Video Game Awards show, Dark Souls II was announced via a new trailer.

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Information regarding platform availability or a release window for Dark Souls II was not announced at the show. However, a subsequent press release officially announcing the game has confirmed a range of details for the game. First, it is in development at From Software for release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Notably, Demon's Souls and Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki is not the chief mind behind Dark Souls II. He will serve as a "supervisor" on the project, with development instead led by From Software director Tomohiro Shibuya.

Dark Souls II will feature a new hero, a fresh storyline, and an "unfamiliar" setting. "Epic battles with gruesome enemies" are promised, as well as a revamped server-based multiplayer mode that aims to "put a distinct Dark Souls II twist on the concept of playing with others."

The original Dark Souls (itself a spiritual successor to Demon's Souls) has sold more than 1.19 million units in North America and Europe since launch during October 2011. Despite the game's commercial success, From Software said that a sequel was not a sure thing.

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