Dark Souls Release Date Announced

Dark Souls will be released in America on October 4th and in Europe on October 7th for Xbox 360 and PS3 confirmed developer From Software and publisher Namco.

Dark Souls is the spiritual successor to 2009’s critically acclaimed PlayStation 3 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.

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.

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.

Gamers can pre-order the Dark Souls Collector’s Edition for $59.99, the same price as the standard edition, which will include a limited edition art book containing premium illustrations of characters and environments from the game. The package will also include a mini-strategy guide, original game soundtrack and behind-the-scenes videos provided for digital download via a uniquely redeemable online code printed on a specially marked card inside each Collector Edition box. All of this will come packaged with the standard edition game in a custom-designed metal case.

In related funny business, those gamers who were able to get their grubby mitts on an early or advance copy of the game, ahead of the official release, have been haunted by a truly murderous foe. From Software has installed a unkillable killer to invade the games of those who are currently playing the title. This murderer is a tough cookie indeed, as he has all stats maxed out (max-level 145, max HP at 1900 and max abilities all at 99!). Basically if you run into this guy, you’re dead meat. Even Edge’s reviewer, who has put 60 hours into the game and is at level 43, is no match for the slaughtermaster. Let this be a warning to anyone who may get the game early. Watch out!

Here is a look at the Character Creation Mode in Dark Souls from TGS 2011.

Via 1UP