Dark Souls III USA Release Date Revealed + Day One Edition & Collector’s Edition Details

Dark Souls III is coming out this April, but thanks to a new bit of info we now know exactly when in April. A new trailer released by Bandai Namco has revealed that the game will be launching on April 12th, 2016.

For those not aware, there is a distinct possibility that this could end up being the last game in the Souls series as the developer does not wish to milk the franchise to death. It’s honorable, but if it is the case I’m really gonna miss the series.

Details for both the Day One edition and Collector’s Edition of Dark Souls III were also released, so be sure to scroll down to check out the details for both of those.

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The Dark Souls III Day One Edition will cost $59.99

  • Dark Souls III software

  • Prima Starter Guide

  • Official Dark Souls III Soundtrack

  • Exclusive O-Sleeve packaging

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The Dark Souls III Collector’s Edition will cost $129.99

  • Dark Souls III software

  • Prima Starter Guide

  • Official Dark Souls III Soundtrack

  • Official art book

  • Cloth game map

  • 10” Red Knight Statue

  • Collector’s box

Dark Souls III Could Mark The End Of The Souls Series

Developer From Software has some devastating news for Souls fans, as they have revealed that next year’s Dark Souls III could end up being the series’ last.

The game’s director Hidetaka Miyazaki spoke with GameSpot and said the following:

“I don’t think it’d be the right choice to continue indefinitely creating Souls and Bloodborne games. I’m considering Dark Souls 3 to be the big closure on the series. That’s not just limited to me, but From Software and myself together want to aggressively make new things in the future. Dark Souls 3 will mark the last game where the development project began before I became president. The next title will be a game that was conceived while I was president. I believe that From Software has to create new things. There will be new types of games coming from us, and Dark Souls 3 is an important marker in the evolution of From Software.”

While it sucks that the Souls series definitely seems like it is coming to an end, I gotta respect the creators decision to end it. There are plenty of other big series out there that started off great and then completely overstayed their welcome (coughAssassin’sCreedcoughCallOfDutycough), and I would much rather the series go out on a high note than eventually become something that people annually shrug at.

Dark Souls III Releases In April 2016

Dark Souls III is coming early next year, and now thanks to the Tokyo Game Show 2015 we know the game’s release month. Dark Souls III will release in April 2016 in both North and South America, as well as Europe.

Dark Souls III will follow-up From Software’s PlayStation 4-exclusive Bloodborne, which garnered critical and commercial acclaim when it released early last year. Dark Souls III is looking to take some of the ideas from Bloodborne‘s quicker and more refined combat, while also bringing us back to the medieval dwellings that the Dark Souls games are known for.

Check out the Tokyo Game Show 2015 trailer for Dark Souls III below.

Microsoft Reveals First Dark Souls III Gameplay Footage

Microsoft showed off the first official gameplay reveal of From Software’s Dark Souls III at Gamescom today, and the game most definitely looks like a game from From Software.

The footage shows off the dark and medieval setting, while also giving a peek at several of the game’s menacing and humongous baddies. Check out the footage directly below.

Dark Souls III is set to launch in the first half of 2015 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Dark Souls III’s Combat Borrows From Bloodborne

Developer From Software is hard at work on the third entry in the Dark Souls series and fifth entry in the Souls series overall, and now some brand new information regarding the Dark Souls III has been released. Edge magazine has published a walkthrough of the game that features of host of new tweaks that look to spice up the gameplay.

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One of the biggest new additions to combat is the “ready stance”, which gives players access to an alternate combat style with the possibility to utilize different moves. It’s a progression of Bloodborne‘s weapon modify mechanic that would allow you to switch your weapon between a short and long blade with a push of a button.

This “ready stance” will have different effects depending on what kind of weapon you happen to be using at the time, so experimenting with different ones will give you access to an even wider variety of moves to play around with. There will also be sidearms that are very quick but very weak like in Bloodborne, though they will be in the form of bows rather than guns.

Dark Souls III is set to launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC next year.

Dark Souls III Not Being Developed By The Team That Made Bloodborne

Dark Souls III will be the next game game in the beloved Souls “series” when it releases early next year, with the latest game being this year’s critically-acclaimed Bloodborne.

However, series director Hidetaka Miyazaki has confirmed that the team that developed Bloodborne will not be developing Dark Souls III. This was revealed during an E3 presentation, where he said the following:

“None of the Bloodborne team members joined the Dark Souls 3 development team. Miyazaki-san is actually the only guy who handled both.”

The information regarding multiple teams developing the Souls games was revealed with the announcement of Bloodborne, as that game came just 1 year after Dark Souls II. The Bloodborne team is creating games exclusively for the PlayStation 4, while the team making Dark Souls creates the multiplatform games.

Dark Souls III Is Now (Officially!) Real, Launching Next Year

Even though the several leaks all but confirmed that Dark Souls III was happening, this was officially confirmed at Microsoft’s E3 press conference.

Although actual gameplay was not shown, a very impressive pre-rendered video showed off a kingdom that is in ruins and a giant that is (shockingly) HUGE.

So, that’s all the information we have on the game right now, but considering the series’ track record it’s still enough to get me pumped. Check out the trailer for Dark Souls III below!