Namco Bandai announced today that Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, available on April 3rd 2015 for the PC/STEAM, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and X360. Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin is described as the ultimate Dark Souls II experience, adding to the 2014’s critically acclaimed title, Dark Souls II not only its three DLC chapters; Crown Of The Sunken King, Crown Of The Old Iron King, and Crown Of The Ivory King but as well an array of all-new content.
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin will add brand new game content including an expanded story featuring additional in-game events and NPC character along with new deadlier enemies and gameplay improvements.
It will also take advantage of the power of the PS4, Xbox One, and DirectX11 capable PCs to provide enhanced graphics for those specific platforms on top of several additional exclusive enhancements (remember that ‘Lighting downgrade’ debate? Guess we were all right when we said that the next-gen version would bring it back to the game).
Herve Hoerdt, Vice President of IP Strategy, Marketing & PR at BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe, said:
“DARK SOULS II launched in March 2014 to critical acclaim garnering a MetaCritic.com rating of 91%. With DARK SOULSTM II: Scholar of the First Sin, FROMSOFTWARE is inviting players back to a whole new undertaking of the kingdom of Drangleic! Thanks to its improved gameplay mechanics, gorgeous next-gen graphics, and new unknown dangers and lore; Scholar of the First Sin takes the meaning of its “Game of the Year” award from the Golden Joysticks Ceremony to a whole new level!”
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin will also be available for the PS3, X360 and DX9 PCs. This version will include all three DLC missions (Crown Of The Sunken King, Crown Of The Old Iron King, and Crown Of The Ivory King) as well as a large-scale update (ver.1.10) which will add new features including an additional NPC to seek out along the treacherous quest through Drangleic as well as expanded story, in-game events, improved balance, and online matchmaking functionality.
Gamers who already own Dark Souls II on PC, X360 or PS3 will receive the ver.1.10 update free of charge.
Enjoy the game’s first trailer and screenshots!