Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Hits 1080p, 60 FPS On Next-Gen


When the Dark Souls II DLC announcement for Scholar of the First Sin first went live late last year, it was clear that the game would see a reimagining of sorts when it came to the landscape of Drangleic. Now we know that it’s more than conceptual design that’s changing things up, as a Polygon interview with Dark Souls II producer Atsuo Yoshimura indicates that the game will run at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second on the PS4 and Xbox One.

Coming packaged with all three previous DLC sets as part of the “Crown” series of add-on content, Dark Souls II on consoles will begin to look more reminiscent of the current state of the game on PC’s. That said, the PC upgraded version will run using DirectX 11 instead of 9, allowing for more creative lighting differences. “This is not just a remaster,” Yoshimura explains. “It’s almost recreating the game.”

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Alterations to gameplay including opening up multiplayer to 6 on a host’s playing field at a time, instead of the current limit of four. A ring can be found in the game now as a means to limit your soul memory, which will affect PvP. Enemy placement has been changed up, with different monsters from different areas being rearranged and previous respites now may contain enemies in the lying. More brutally, “The Forlorn” have been introduced as an invading AI NPC that can show up sporadically throughout play in an effort to hunt you down.

The fact that these new enemies could possibly be the ones teased at following you even past fog gates provides a frightening new look for an old game. However, Yoshimura is quick to say that Scholar of the First Sin will not replace the old story; it will simply supplement the current gameplay. With content updates going live today on the PC (the updated graphics version will be a separate download), it’ll be a long wait before we see that smooth style of high framerate gameplay on consoles.

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin will launch on April 7th for the PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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