Site Update: Community Blogs patches *incoming*   |   Report a bug

Dark Souls PC details: Specs, control, PVP and more

10:45 AM on 04.17.2012

Dale North

Former Dtoid EIC

Following the official announcement of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition, From Software's Hidetaka Miyazaki spoke with members of the gaming press to fill us in on some of the details of this upcoming PC port. 

Story:

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition is a port of the console version, but will feature some additional content for fans. Miyazaki says that we can expect approximately 3 new areas and 4 new bosses, though these numbers might change. There will be a few new stories and more NPCs to go with them, and some new equipment will be available through these. 

The additional story content is based on the dark knight named Artorias. This name will familiar to players of Dark Souls, but this will be the first time they'll see the knight.

Specifications and Graphics:

Bad news for those hoping to see a high-resolution Dark Souls with this PC port: Miyazaki says that there will be no difference in visual quality between the PC and PS3 version. 

As far as minimum PC specifications go, Miyazaki asks that we wait for the official announcement later this year.

Control:

Gamepad control is the recommended control method for Dark Souls PC, though mouse and keyboard play will be supported. 

Connectivity/Online:

For gamers wondering why the developers have gone with Games for Windows Live over Steamworks for online connectivity, it turns out that Namco Bandai requested this of From Software. A Namco Bandai representative points to an already established server used in the Xbox 360 version of Dark Souls as one of the reasons for going with GFWL, but says that final specs and distribution details have yet to be determined. Stay tuned -- things could change.

Additions and Modifications:

To provide fans with a new experience, Miyazaki says that From Software is planning on adding a PVP stage to the PC version of Dark Souls. He says that this is "not going to be a huge stage," and that it should be taken as a bonus. 

As for Mods, as it stands now there are no plans for modification support for Dark Souls on PC.

Release details:

The release date for Dark Souls: Pre to Die Edition is set for August 24 for Europe and North America. Japan does not have a solid release date yet, but we were told to expect an announcement directly from From Software in the near future.

At this moment there are no plans to bring the PC version's new content to consoles. Miyazaki says that we should wait for additional news in the future, but as it stands now, he says he feels sorry for console players.

Get comment replies by email.     settings



Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our comment moderators

Can't see comments? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this. Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your security software's whitelist.


More Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition  updates:

news ( 26 ) galleries ( 15 ) videos ( 15 )

Region-free Dark Souls multiplayer, just the way we like it. From Software has issued an update on Steam that allows players to summon and invade one another regardless of where they live. While these cross-country connection...
Publisher Bandai Namco recently took to the Steam discussion boards to issue an official statement in regards to Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition's planned November transition away from Games for Windows Live in this ...
Bandai Namco has provided an update on the future of Dark Souls PC, which uses Games for Windows Live -- a service that's believed to be shutting down in July -- for its online play. First, the game "will remain fully functio...
I'm by no means an expert Dark Souls player, but I've played long enough that this mod by JITD, which alters enemy AI in such a way that they'll come to you more readily, sounds intriguing. Put enough hours into the game, an...
Another game they claim is hard, another game smashed by gaming pimp sorcerer Jim Sterling. Using just a few simple tricks and the power of intimidation, learn how to become a master Dark Souls player in this handy video!
After Durante's remarkable DSfix for Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition on PC, I wasn't sure if anyone else would step up to the plate to further improve From Software's acclaimed action-RPG. Released earlier this week, ...
Did you pick the pendant as a starting gift in Dark Souls under the impression that it would, at some unknown later point, have either an impact on the story or a hidden gameplay use? I did on my first playthrough. Considerin...
I played and loved Dark Souls on Xbox 360 originally, so I was keen to check it out again with the new Prepare to Die Edition that's available now for PC via Steam and scheduled to hit Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 26...
Metro's interview with Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki resulted in a fascinating, surprisingly well-thought-out discussion about difficulty in games. The quote everyone fixated on -- "I am thinking about whether I shoul...
Speaking to Metro, Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki said the reception to the game "was really a huge surprise" and that he "did not expect the success at all." For better or worse, From Software doesn't hold your hand; ...