The best news is that if you have already pre-ordered the game, then you will freely be able to upgrade to the special edition, and if you pre-order the game now, you will automatically get the special edition instead of the standard edition.
The special edition will include a limited edition art book containing premium illustrations of characters and environments from the game, a mini-strategy guidebook, behind-the-scenes videos from the development studio detailing various stages of game concept, design and building, and the game’s soundtrack for digital download. All of this will come packaged with the standard edition game in a custom-designed metal case.
The spiritual successor to the PlayStation 3 system exclusive Demon’s Souls, winner of GameSpot’s “Overall Game of the Year” and “Best PS3 Game”, and IGN’s “Best RPG for PS3” awards, Dark Souls also brings that game’s uniquely challenging and rewarding style of gameplay to the Xbox 360 for the first time.
Stricken by the curse of undead, gamers are abolished to the northern realms and must battle hideous demons and unimaginable monsters to collect souls and find the Eternal Flame of Life, which is losing its light, to survive and cure the curse of undead.
Here is the all-new Dark Souls trailer.
With tense dungeon crawling and fearsome enemy encounters, the seamlessly intertwined world of Dark Souls is full of extreme battles, rewarding challenges, nuanced weaponry and magic, and the flexibility to customize each character to suit any desired play style. The innovative online component allows gamers to draw from the collective experience of the Dark Souls community as they either help or sabotage each other on the journey through the Northern Realms to save the land from darkness. With a massive, seamless open world design, Dark Souls encourages deep exploration and an adaptable gameplay experience.
The game will be released this October 2011.
Key features of Dark Souls include:
Here are some additional screenshots.