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E3 2012: Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition interview
by Andrew Whipple III

To date, Dark Souls remains one of my most treasured titles of all-time. Sure, it has its hiccups and technical deficiencies but hardly any game captures the intensity and atmosphere FromSoftware has injected into it.

For the first time, PC gamers will get to experience the thrills of the game in the new Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition and we were on the floor to talk about it firsthand.

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition interview

While Dark Souls wasn't playable on the showroom floor, Andrew Davis, associate producer for Namco Bandai was able to answer plenty of our questions while also addressing certain concerns. It's no secret that Dark Souls had a rough launch with the multiplayer literally being broken for a lengthy period of time. There's been some concern over whether the PC will experience similar guffaws and Mr. Davis had this to say about it:

"We learned a lot from the Dark Souls launch... and we are trying to make it a much more smooth launch for the PC version."

The quote might not disclose proper numbers or specific details on the accident, but it does show that they've taken the time to make sure that it doesn't happen to PC users and, most importantly, that they care.

No... sudden... movements...

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition will contain around four to five brand new boss battles along with two or three completely new zones to die in... explore, I mean. There will be all kinds of new weapons and armor sets as well as optional bosses with bonus unlockables you might not even see your first time through.

For instance, the Darkroot Garden was a zone in the original Dark Souls but there's going to be a new area where it goes into the past. All manner of new traps and monsters will be present, of course and if you can get your way through it the Royal Woods await. We didn't get to see too many of the new bosses but they were showing off the Sanctuary Guardian ripping people to shreds at the booth. It was a bit unsettling, but exciting nonetheless.

It's actually one of the easier bosses. Am I right? Nope.

For some, Dark Souls presented an amazing player-versus-player experience and that's been taking into account for the improved game. There will now be instant multiplayer access along with several modes that can allow for 1v1, 2v2 or even 3v1 battles. Seeing as how certain people take PvP as seriously as they do, adding all this content makes it that much easier to sing Dark Souls' praise. Just don't expect me to show you any mercy online because, well, alright fine... you probably will kill me.

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition releases August 24th on the PC, followed by a $14.99 update for the PS3 and Xbox 360 at an unannounced date. Make sure you don't disappoint yourself and give this one a shot, if you haven't already. I promise, you'll be miserable.

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- Andrew Whipple III

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