Dark Souls PC release date revealed, totally officially coming to PC

Namco Bandai has officially decided that it totally, completely wants you to punch a hole in your computer monitor. Today, it was revealed  that Dark Souls was officially coming to PC on August 24, confirming weeks of rumors and leaks hinting at the project.

There's a drawback, though: the game's online mode, which is a major part of the Dark Souls experience, will not be running through Steam or any proprietary services. Instead it's going to use the highly-unpopular Games for Windows Live, which is something we can't even begin to understand. On the bright side, that means it might end up having Xbox Live Achievements, so that's good news, right?


Above: A deathly trailer to get you in the mood

The PC version, appropriately named the "Prepare to Die Edition," will be an identical port of the console iteration, save for the inclusion of two new bosses to die over and over again to. We expect that these bosses will likely be added to the console version of the game as well, since people are apparently fond of paying for torture, though it hasn't been confirmed just yet.

So, are you going to pick up Dark Souls on PC, or have you already gotten your fill of the rage-inducing, controller-breaking action RPG on consoles?


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  • morgartjr - April 12, 2012 6:05 a.m.

    I was going to buy it, but not with GFWL. I'll pass, thanks. Its not worth dealing with the hassle when there are other games coming out very soon that have better options.
  • NanoElite666 - April 11, 2012 10:30 p.m.

    Now THAT'S the kind of music that should go with a game like this. None of that silly stuff like we had in a couple of the launch trailers. Anyways, here's hoping the extra content shows up on the console versions sometime so I can go new places, meet new things, and kill them. After being killed by them several times most likely.
  • SentientSquidMachine - April 11, 2012 7:56 p.m.

    The client won't stop me from owning this game. I will have this for PC on day 1, and unlike everyone else I won't be dieing over and over, unless im committing suicide to change world tendency. (if that's even in this game)
  • Brumbek - April 11, 2012 6:43 p.m.

    Sign the anti-GFWL petition!
  • ThundaGawd - April 11, 2012 6:07 p.m.

    I'm a bit saddened to hear it'll be running on GFWL, although I already have an account for when I bought Bulletstorm a while back and I haven't run into any issues yet (besides higher than usual lag), Dark souls is the kind of game I'd simply prefer to have running through a more reliable online client, the game's hard enough as it is, to get screwed over because of a potential connection error kinda gives me an uneasy feeling right now =/
  • ThatOneHobo - April 11, 2012 4:38 p.m.

    Has GFWL been absolutely, 100% confirmed? Because there is a rumor that it will only be for Germany and other restricted companies. In the new trailer there is no sign of GFWL, and if you look at the American preorder screen on their website, the GFWL version doesn't show up.
  • bboyd - April 11, 2012 1:51 p.m.

    People beg for months to bring the console to PCs. Game shows up on a platform that isn't Steam. PC gamers dismiss it entirely. Maybe PC gamers should just stop asking for things? Anyway. . . I really hope this shows up as DLC for consoles, I would most definitely pay for it. Dark Souls may very well be one of the best games I have ever played.
  • bboyd - April 11, 2012 1:52 p.m.

    *bring the game to PCs
  • KnowYourPokemon - April 11, 2012 5:05 p.m.

    Don't care if it's on steam or not. Do care if it uses the ever so crappy with absolutely NO benefits games for windows live system. GFWL adds absolutely nothing to the game and only causes issues. I'll never understand what logic companies use when they actually think "Know what would be a good idea? Adding GFWL to our game."
  • Crabhand - April 11, 2012 7:35 p.m.

    The thing is, GFWL is just terrible. I bought Bulletstorm on Steam, which for whatever reason requires GFWL to play. It was a nightmare the first time I started up the game, the sign in process looped about three times before I just closed the game and tried again. I just wanted to play a single player game and hear some dick jokes but GFWL would not have it. People complain about Origin, but it is a thousand times more intuitive than GFWL.
  • bboyd - April 11, 2012 8:26 p.m.

    Don't get me wrong, I understand the sentiments. GFWL is hardly an intuitiive service. Yet, I must stress that Dark Souls is a must play game. I can't believe how many people I've seen dismiss this release (which came to fruition only due to a fan petition) simply because the platform could be better. Is GFWL good? No, it is not. However, it is more than sad to see people skip out on this port just for that reason. Especially when you factor in the great looking extra content (which console owners may not even get).
  • morgartjr - April 12, 2012 6:10 a.m.

    Its sad that people will miss it, yeah...but we are voting with our dollar and telling publishers and game designers that they need to stop using this crappy service. We will put our money where we feel it is better spent. In the end, maybe they can put their foot down and use other services instead of GFWL.
  • db1331 - April 11, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    The good thing about it using GFWL is that you won't have to worry about ever being invaded by another player, since the MP component simply won't work. Maybe it's not too late to start another petition to remove GFWL? That being said, I'll still buy the game, even though I own it on PS3. I'll support them in hopes that the next game sees a simultaneous PC and console release, ON STEAM (once they see how bad GFWL sucks). I'm not sure if I'd pay $60 for it, but I'll pay $40. Like Metroid said though, the online components are totally doomed. GFWL never works properly.

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