What may be the final chapter of the Souls series, Dark Souls 3 will see release during the cruelest month.
If there’s any story element that the Dark Souls series embraces, it’s the physical, actualization of “The Darkness.” It is represented as not a vagueness of the unknown, but as an agent of evil, control and rebirth. That’s why it is of no surprise that the latest trailer for Dark Souls 3 goes by the title, “Darkness Has Spread.” Bandai Namco also spreads news of the game’s confirmed release date: April 12, 2016.
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That’s right, Dark Souls 3 will be released on one single date in North America. It’s the first time in the Dark Souls series that all platforms (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) will get a singular release date. Last time, in the lead-up to Dark Souls 2, From Software needed extra time to work on the PC version, coming in about six weeks after the initial PS3 and Xbox 360 release.
The original Dark Souls was even worse for this, with the PC version coming in a whopping ten months after the initial PS3 and Xbox 360 release. Even then, From Software and Bandai Namco put so little thought into optimizing performance for the PC platform that modder Peter “Based Durante” Thoman had to do it for them. In a minuscule turnaround of twenty-three minutes, he was able to unlock the shoddy native 1024×720 resolution and have it 1080p ready just like that.
Considering the checkered past with Dark Souls, From Software, Bandai Namco and the PC platform, having Dark Souls 3 ready to go on all platforms for April 12, 2016 should be a breath of fresh air. You can check out further Dark Souls 3 gameplay below, which seems prepped to appear for the PlayStation Experience weekend for December 5th and 6th.