Dark Souls 2 Getting Three New DLC Chapters
Despite having originally said that DLC wasn’t being considered for Dark Souls 2, From Software announced today that not only one, not only two, but three DLC chapters for Dark Souls 2 will be released all by the end of the year. The three episodes, collectively called “The Lost Crown Trilogy,” will individual sell for $10, and for PC players, a season pass will be available on Steam for $25.
The crowns referred to in the titles of each of the chapters refer to crowns that King Vendrick once owned that the player must now collect. The first chapter, “The Crown of the Sunken King,” will be released on July 22 and will take players to an entirely new area in the Dark Souls 2 universe — an expansive underground civilization complete with stepped pyramids, decrepit caverns, and of course, new enemies and bosses.
The trailer From Software released today showed off a new enemy that walks around with the dreaded poison spitting statues from the Black Gulch, a various decaying warriors with green — presumably poisonous — mist emanating from their bodies, a sorcerer utilizing magic, a petrified dragon with its head looming over a doorway, and of course a grotesque looking black dog thing that will no doubt serve as a boss during the DLC.
The other two chapters, “The Crown of the Old Iron King,” and “The Crown of the Ivory King” will be released on August 26 and September 24, respectively. While not as much info is known about these two upcoming chapters, we do know that The Old Iron King is in fact a boss in Dark Souls 2 and one of the four great souls that you must collect in order to reach Drangleic Castle. Who are the other two kings? I don’t know enough about Dark Souls lore to give any guesses, but knowing Dark Souls, one can bet that their identities have already been alluded to somewhere in the lore. Let us know what you think in the comments!
The full press release follows below:
SAN JOSE, Calif., (June 4, 2014) – Leading video game publisher and developer BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc. and FromSoftware today announced the impending arrival of three new DLC chapters to the critically acclaimed Dark Souls™ II for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PC via Steam. These three new DLC chapters known as The Lost Crowns trilogy will take Dark Souls II fans through entirely original areas to face a slew of unknown enemies, overcome diabolic challenges, and take-on fearsome bosses. Crown of the Sunken King, the first chapter in this DLC trilogy, will be available in the Americas on July, 22, 2014 followed by the DLC launches ofCrown of the Old Iron King on August 26, 2014 and Crown of the Ivory King on September 24, 2014. A Season Pass program will also be offered for the entire The Lost Crowns trilogy via Steam for PC players in the Americas.
Crown of the Sunken King, the first chapter in the trilogy, sends players on a journey to reclaim the crowns that Drangleic’s King Vendrick once owned. Crown of the Sunken King features an entirely different world within the Dark Souls II universe, where stepped pyramids span a vast underground cavern. It is said that one of the ancient crowns lay buried deep within these dark caverns; but surely such a valued item cannot sit unguarded. Players that seek adversity and glory will be rewarded with a crown that holds the strength of lords from times long past.
Rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB, Dark Souls II is available for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PC. The game is available for purchase now at video game retailers and on Steam in the Americas. Each individual chapter of The Lost Crowns trilogy will be available for purchase in the Americas via the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Marketplace, and Steam for a SRP of $9.99 USD. The Steam season pass encompassing all three chapters of The Lost Crowns trilogy will be available for a SRP of $24.99 USD.