We have some important news for those of you interested in picking up Dark Souls 2. The sequel to the immensely popular first game was initially thought to be releasing at the end of 2013. However, some promotional materials for the game seen in conjunction with an upcoming showing at E3 2013, has in fact confirmed that Dark Souls 2 will have a 2014 release date.
The game was revealed back in April, with an 12 minute gameplay presentation showing off some of the changes compared to Dark Souls 1. At the time, Dark Souls 2 was initially announced for a release on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC but like us, many had also hoped that next-gen conversions of the game would come out as well.
Dark Souls 2 would have been an amazing game to pick up when the Xbox One and Sony PS4 launch before the end of 2013, but unfortunately that will no longer be a reality. A massive E3 2013 banner has been revealed in Los Angeles, confirming that Dark Souls 2 will instead have a March 2014 release date.
Also included on the huge poster is PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 platforms only – nothing about next gen. With the game now releasing as far back as March 2014, does it now rule out the possibility of Xbox One and PS4 versions releasing at all? The effort needed for the conversion to next-gen hardware suggests that we may not see a Xbox One or PS4 Dark Souls 2 game in 2014 at all.
Having said that, there may still be a glimmer of hope if Dark Souls 2 is compatible with PS4 streaming, which will allow PS4 users to stream the PS3 version using Gaikai technology. Even then though, it’s not the same as having a separate version of Dark Souls 2 specifically made for either the Xbox One or PS4 with the new visuals available with the upgraded hardware.
March 2014 is also a significant amount of time longer than you had perhaps expected the game to come out. Is there still a chance though that the 2014 release is still due to an upcoming next-gen announcement? As we await the game to be shown at E3 2013, let us know your thoughts on the longer wait. Did you expect to be playing this at the end of 2013? Would you have preferred to play a next-gen version instead?