Dark Souls Remastered Announced for 2018
This morning, during a Nintendo Direct broadcast, acclaimed developer From Software announced this crazy thing. On May 25th, 2018, the first Dark Souls game will be playable on Switch, PS4, and Xbox One, for the first time, and this remastered edition will also land on PC.
The official press release mentions Dark Souls Remastered will be capable of running at an upscaled 4K resolution and 60 FPS on PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One X, and PC. The unexpected Switch version will lock at 1080p/30. There's still no word on whether the base PS4 and Xbox One versions will reach 60 FPS, but it's worth mentioning that the remastered edition of Dark Souls 2 ran at 60 on PS4.
This is a kind of open-and-shut story, with no gameplay details or screens released as of this writing, but it's significant for a few reasons.
- The other two Dark Souls games are already either remastered or native to current-generation platforms, so players have anticipated the original coming over to round out the trilogy.
- There's no good way to play Dark Souls. The base game on PS3 and 360 is a technical mess with infamous frame rate issues and long load times. The PC version is also unstable, to the point where fans consider it impossible to enjoy without also running the popular, unofficial "DSFix" mod. Such a legendary game deserves better.
- Dark Souls' longevity can be credited to its online multiplayer offerings. PvP and PvE Dark Souls have kept the game popular on streams and in conversation since its release almost a decade ago. Now, that community can continue to grow on platforms people actually play.
- I won't have to pull up old YouTube videos to explain "Praise the sun" to people.
I'm eager to see some gameplay footage, and learn about any other potential changes to such a major game, so you'll definitely hear more on this one in the future. Also, this leaves the obvious question: what about Demon's Souls? There's still only one version of the game that started it all, but given that game's complicated publishing situation (publishing rights are different in each of the territories it was released), I don't see it coming any time soon. If only we could be so grossly incandescent.