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Published on March 6th, 2014 | by gareth



FromSoftware¹s Punishing and Hellacious Sequel Launching for PCs Worldwide
on April 25, Pre-ordering the Game or Purchase of PC Collector¹s Edition
Will Give Players Early Access to Special Weapons.
SAN JOSE, Calif., (March 6, 2014) ­ NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today
announced that DARK SOULS II for the PC platform launches in retail stores
and for digital download via Steam worldwide on April 25, 2014. Dark Souls
II is the highly anticipated, punishing sequel to 2011¹s hit Dark Souls, a
game that has been cemented as one of the most challenging and rewarding
experiences in videogame history. Players embark on a journey through a
devastated world filled with death and despair where only those who are
strong-willed and cunning will survive and achieve glory. Gruesome and
bloodthirsty enemies await adventurers as they face soul-crushing
Dark Souls II for the PC platform will provide players the opportunity to
further immerse themselves into a harsh and unforgiving world; it is also
the only version featuring increased texture resolution with enhanced frame
rates. Dark Souls II on PC will support both gamepads and mouse-and-keyboard
control options.

In this devastated world, everyone needs a helping hand. Players can now
pre-order the PC version of Dark Souls II from Steam, GameStop, Amazon, and
ClubNamco or purchase the Dark Souls II PC Collector¹s Edition from
GameStop, Amazon, and ClubNamco to gain early access to the powerful Black
Armor Weapons pack; an in-game weapons cache that can possibly increase
players¹ chances of survival. Five special weapons and shields are included
in the Dark Souls II Black Armor Weapons Pack in addition to the normal
array of starter weapons, giving players a possible edge on their journey as
they meet relentless adversity throughout their adventure.
The items in the Dark Souls II Black Armor Weapons Pack for PC include:

Black Flamestone Dagger and Black Flamestone Parma ­ A dagger and shield
encrusted in Black Flamestone both found in the Gutter at Black Gulch. Even
though they are heavier than a normal dagger and shield, the Flamestone
crystal¹s unique properties make the dagger extremely sharp and give the
shield high resistance to damage.

Yellow Quartz Longsword and Yellow Quartz Shield ­ A straight sword and
small shield hardened with yellow quartz both uncovered at the bottom of the
Iron Keep. Even though these items can break easily due to their high level
of corrosion, they are exceptionally light and their power to inflict damage
has not declined.

Bound Hand Axe and Bound Wooden Shield ­ A brutal hand axe and shield found
in the Undead Purgatory. Both items are wrapped in chains and thorns to
cause additional bleeding on enemies. Both the axe and shield have
diminished in overall slashing power but their ability to deliver pain has
been deliberately increased.

Homunculus Mace and Homunculus Wooden Shield ­ A mace and shield with
spherical protrusions found in Aldia¹s Keep. Although heavier-than-normal
maces and shields, the hard protrusions greatly increase the striking power
of the mace as well as the shield¹s defensive capabilities.

Transgressor¹s Staff and Transgressor¹s Leather Shield ­ A staff and leather
shield entwined with an unknown and seemingly lackluster element; these
items are found in the Dark Chasm of Old. They have become a catalyst for
sorcery and hex, and they cause an effect known as Darkness.

Valiant PC players that choose to specifically pre-order Dark Souls II for
the PC through Steam, GameStop, Amazon, or ClubNamco will also receive a
plethora of digital bonuses including, the Official Digital Dark Souls II
Artbook (PDF), Original Dark Souls II Digital Comic Book written by Rob
Williams and Andi Ewington with art provided by Simon Coleby (PDF), the
Complete Digital Game Soundtrack (MP3), and the Black Armor Weapons Pack
(Access Code) for a MSRP of $49.99
The Dark Souls II PC Collector¹s Edition, available only through GameStop,
Amazon, and ClubNamco will come with, a digital download code for the game,
collectable metal case, 12² tall Warrior Knight figurine, exclusive
hardbound art book, original game soundtrack, and cloth map for a MSRP of

Early access vouchers for the PC Black Armor Weapons Pack will only be
available by pre-ordering Dark Souls II PC from Steam, GameStop, Amazon, and
ClubNamco or with purchase of the PC Collector¹s Edition of Dark Souls II.

Dark Souls II for PC will launch in the Americas on April 25, 2014. Dark
Souls II for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox
360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft will be available in the
Americas on March 11, 2014.
For more information on Dark Souls II please visit

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