If anyone thought they'd defeated Dark Souls II, they were dead wrong. Expect to be even more dead now that Bandai Namco and From Software have announced "The Lost Kings" DLC trilogy, three separate packs will put players on a crown-hunting adventure through worlds far separated from those in the main game. Drangleic’s King Vendrick awaits at the end of The Lost King's first chapter, Crown of the Sunken King. That's if anyone survives long enough to meet him.
The Lost Kings will be split into three different chapters, each seemingly standalone experiences where the player battles through new settings to reach a king of sorts at the end and take his crown. These three chapters have been announced as Crown of the Sunken King, Crown of the Old Iron King, and Crown of the Ivory King. Odds are these three kings aren't going to welcome anyone into their courts with dancing and feasts. Well, maybe a feast of sorts. You're on the menu, though.
Any DLC for Dark Souls II will likely be welcomed with wide-open arms by the perhaps mentally broken fanbase for the franchise. The fact that it's side-content that takes place in entirely different settings from the main game is only an extra boon, since it won't change the experience of Dark Souls II unless the player chooses to take part in it. Plus, just how cool is the idea of hunting down the crowns of three different fallen kings? That's every kid's adventuring dream come true. Though this is Dark Souls and not Adventure Time, so maybe it's more of a nightmare.
The Lost Kings is planned to release in full in 2014. The first chapter, Crown of the Sunken King, will be released July 22, followed by the second and third chapters being released August 26 and September 24 respectively. Pricing has yet to be announced, by Bandai Namco did confirm that a season pass package deal will be available, but only for the PC. No console season passes, as far as we can tell. Dark Souls II is currently available for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
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