FromSoftware’s nightmarishly difficult action-RPG Dark Souls III will get its first downloadable expansion this fall, publisher Bandai Namco confirmed today.
The upcoming DLC will be the first of two planned expansions for Dark Souls III launching by the end of 2016.
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Today’s announcement confirms recently leaked details regarding Dark Souls III‘s Season Pass. An Xbox Store listing previously revealed that Dark Souls III would host two DLC expansions in the coming months.
Dark Souls III players who pick up the game’s digital Season Pass priced at $25 will receive both DLC packs upon their launch. While Bandai Namco did not reveal its pricing plans for individual DLC packs, the Dark Souls III Xbox Store description notes that players will get an unspecified discount on Dark Souls III‘s expanded content by purchasing the Season Pass, as opposed to buying both packs separately.
Specific details regarding the content featured in Dark Souls III‘s upcoming expansions are not yet known, though Bandai Namco notes in the game’s Steam store description that future DLC will add “new maps, bosses, enemies and additional weapon and armor sets.”
Dark Souls III is the concluding chapter in a series of notoriously difficult third-person action games developed by Japanese studio FromSoftware. The first series entry premiered in 2011, following up on the PlayStation 3-exclusive predecessor, Demon’s Souls. Between Dark Souls II and III, series director Hidetaka Miyazaki developed Bloodborne for From, a PS4 exclusive that took the basic model from Dark Souls and transposed it into a Gothic setting with more aggressive and fast-paced combat.
In the Dark Souls games, players battle undead foes in the hopes of restoring their lost humanity. The series has earned acclaim for its fiendish level design, which confronts players with deadly traps and unexpected enemy encounters throughout. Players who are unprepared for the challenge will suffer a quick and brutal defeat, as the game’s uncompromising difficulty level demands practice and a willingness to learn through repeated failure.
Dark Souls III is available now for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs via Steam.