So Dark Souls II will be hitting PC on April 25 after all, and with some pre-order perks, no less. The April 25 release date was originally outed this weekend, but Bandai Namco quickly issued a correction along the lines of "We don't know when yet." Either way, you can now reserve a copy of Dark Souls II for PC with confidence, and in exchange for some handy weapons and shields.
The pre-order bonus is also known as the "Black Armor Weapons Pack," and it throws in five weapon 'n' shield sets that should cover a wide range of preferences. Take a look:
Black Flamestone Dagger and Black Flamestone Parma – A dagger and shield encrusted in Black Flamestone both found in the Gutter at Black Gulch. Even though they are heavier than a normal dagger and shield, the Flamestone crystal’s unique properties make the dagger extremely sharp and give the shield high resistance to damage.Yellow Quartz Longsword and Yellow Quartz Shield – A straight sword and small shield hardened with yellow quartz both uncovered at the bottom of the Iron Keep. Even though these items can break easily due to their high level of corrosion, they are exceptionally light and their power to inflict damage has not declined.Bound Hand Axe and Bound Wooden Shield – A brutal hand axe and shield found in the Undead Purgatory. Both items are wrapped in chains and thorns to cause additional bleeding on enemies. Both the axe and shield have diminished in overall slashing power but their ability to deliver pain has been deliberately increased.Homunculus Mace and Homunculus Wooden Shield – A mace and shield with spherical protrusions found in Aldia’s Keep. Although heavier-than-normal maces and shields, the hard protrusions greatly increase the striking power of the mace as well as the shield’s defensive capabilities.Transgressor’s Staff and Transgressor’s Leather Shield – A staff and leather shield entwined with an unknown and seemingly lackluster element; these items are found in the Dark Chasm of Old. They have become a catalyst for sorcery and hex, and they cause an effect known as Darkness.
Staff, mace, longsword, axe, and dagger? Well, that sounds pretty good. To get the pre-order bonus, however, you'll have to reserve Dark Souls II from a participating retailer, which covers ClubNamco, Steam, GameStop, and Amazon.
Bandai Namco also confirmed that the collector's edition will be available for PC, after the PC was excluded from all news thus far concerning the Dark Souls II Collector's Edition.
Again, the PC version is due out April 25, while the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions will be out on March 11.