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Because "going gold" just isn't good enough for Dark Souls and Namco Bandai

by: Nathaniel -
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Namco Bandai has announced today that Dark Souls, the spiritiual successor to 2009's epically difficult RPG hit Demon's Souls, has been "approved for production" for the Xbox 360 and PS3.  It will be out in North America on October 4th, and in Europe on October 7th.  Right now you can pre-order the Dark Souls Collector's Edition for $59.99 (otherwise known as "the same price you pay for the regular version") that will include a limited edition art book filled with premium illustrations of the characters and locations within the game.  It will also include a mini-strategy guide, game soundtrack, and behind-the-scenes videos downloadable via everyone's favorite pain in the behind, the single-use code; and, of course, it will all come wrapped up in a nice and shiny metal case.  To learn more go to PrepareToDie.com, visit Dark Souls on Facebook, or follow the jump.    



NAMCO BANDAI Games Announces Production Underway
on its Epic Blockbuster Fall Release

SANTA CLARA, Calif., - September 21, 2011 - Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., today announced that Dark Souls™ has been approved for production for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, releasing in North America on October 4 2011, and Europe on October 7.

Spiritual successor to 2009’s critically acclaimed PlayStation®3 system exclusive Demon’s Souls – winner of GameSpot’s “Overall Game of the Year” and “Best PS3 Game”, and IGN’s “Best RPG for PS3” awards – Dark Souls is a new action-role playing game (RPG) developed by FromSoftware. Stricken by the curse of undead, gamers are abolished to the northern realms and must battle hideous demons and unimaginable monsters to collect souls and find the Eternal Flame of Life, which is losing its light, to survive and cure the curse of undead.  With tense dungeon crawling and fearsome enemy encounters, the seamlessly intertwined world of Dark Souls is full of extreme battles, rewarding challenges, nuanced weaponry and magic, and the flexibility to customize each character to suit any desired play style. The innovative online component allows gamers to draw from the collective experience of the Dark Souls community as they either help or sabotage each other on the journey through the Northern Realms to save the land from darkness. With a massive, seamless open world design, Dark Souls encourages deep exploration and an adaptable gameplay experience.

Gamers can pre-order the Dark Souls Collector’s Edition for $59.99, the same price as the standard edition, which will include a limited edition art book containing premium illustrations of characters and environments from the game. The package will also include a mini-strategy guide, original game soundtrack and behind-the-scenes videos provided for digital download via a uniquely redeemable online code printed on a specially marked card inside each Collector Edition box. All of this will come packaged with the standard edition game in a custom-designed metal case.

Dark Souls will be available throughout North America and Europe in October 2011. For More information on the game please visit www.PrepareToDie.com and www.facebook.com/DarkSouls

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About NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., part of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive content — including all major video game consoles, iOS, mobile and online. The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises, including PAC-MAN®, Tekken®, SOULCALIBUR®, NARUTO™, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, Dragon Ball®, GALAGA®, RIDGE RACER® and ACE COMBAT®. More information about the company and its products can be found at www.namcobandaigames.com or www.facebook.com/na