Dark Souls 3 was previously announced to arrive in North America sometime in April 2016. Publisher Bandai Namco today confirmed that the game will come to PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One on April 12, 2016. The game will be available a few weeks earlier in Japan on March 24, 2016.
Collector’s and Day One editions are planned for Dark Souls 3, and Bandai Namco revealed pricing for those sets as well. The Day One package will be $59.99 and includes the game, a starter guide, soundtrack and exclusive packaging. The Collector’s Edition is $129.99 and comes with everything the Day One edition includes as well as an art book, game map, 10-inch Red Knight statue and special collector’s box. The official Dark Souls site has images of both sets available.
Dark Souls 3 appears to be the final game in From Software’s hardcore action RPG series as we know it. Game director Hidetaka Miyazaki has said in interviews with Eurogamer and GameSpot that he see Dark Souls 3 as a “turning point” for the series and considers “Dark Souls 3 to be the big closure on the series.” He also went on to say that, “There will be new types of games coming from us, and Dark Souls 3 is an important marker in the evolution of From Software.”
Sooner or later, all franchises must reinvent themselves in order to stay fresh. Acknowledging that he can’t simply make the same game over and over again forever is a good stance to take. Better to take chances than die from stagnation. So while there may be many Dark Souls and Bloodborne games after Dark Souls 3, they may not be the migraine-inducing gore-fests of yore.
No matter where the series goes post-April 2016, one thing is for sure: Dark Souls 3 is going to kick our asses so much that we might not even want future Dark Souls or Bloodborne games. That is, if you’re a wimp like me.
Check out some gameplay footage below via From Software below.