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Dark Souls II
Box artwork for Dark Souls II.
Japanese title ダークソウルII
Developer(s) From Software
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PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
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Windows

Scholar of the First Sin

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PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
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Windows
PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre(s) Action, RPG
System(s) Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Rating(s)
ACB: OFLC M.svg Mature
CERO: CERO D.jpg Ages 17 and up
ESRB: ESRB T.png Teen
PEGI: PEGI 16.png Ages 16+
USK: USK 16.png Ages 16+
Preceded by Dark Souls
Series Dark Souls
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Dark Souls II (ダークソウルII Daaku Souru Tsu?) is an action RPG. It is the third game in its series. Dark Souls II was developed for Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 by From Software, which also published the game in Japan, while Bandai Namco Games published the game in other regions.

Dark Souls II was announced at the Spike Video Game Awards on December 7, 2012. Hidetaka Miyazaki, who served as director on the two earlier games in the series, Demon's Souls and Dark Souls, acted as a supervisor, while the game was directed by Tomohiro Shibuya and Yui Tanimura. Although set in the same world, there is no direct story connection between Dark Souls and Dark Souls II. The game uses dedicated multiplayer servers.

Taking place in the world of Drangleic, the game features both player versus environment (PvE) and player versus player (PvP) play, in addition to having some co-op components. As in the earlier games in the series, it once again features challenging gameplay, but with a more powerful graphics engine and more advanced AI system.

After some initial delays, the game had its official launch in North America on March 11, 2014, with the PC release launching on April 24, 2014.

An updated version, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, was released in 2015. The title is a compilation of the original game and its DLC campaigns, and was released alongside a free patch for existing versions. Scholar of the First Sin also came in enhanced PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, featuring updated graphics, audio, and performance, along with an increase in the maximum amount of online players allowed in single session.

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