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Japanese success story Dark Souls gets a sequel
December 10, 2012 | By Mike Rose

December 10, 2012 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Newsbrief: Off the back of its Dark Souls success, Namco Bandai Games has revealed that a sequel to the hard-as-nails open world RPG is in the works.

Dark Souls II, due for release on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC, will take the original concept of sharing experiences between players online, and put a new revamped twist on the idea, although From Software isn't saying exactly what that twist will be yet.

Dark Souls and its spiritual predecessor Demon's Souls represent a Japanese company embracing its culture and injecting a real Japanese feel into its games, all the while being successful -- something that the studio behind Tokyo Jungle recently told us is essential to successfully bringing Japanese-built games across to the West.

At last count in May, Dark Souls had already sold more than 1.2 million units in the U.S. and Europe.

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Damir Slogar
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Best news this year. Dark Souls was absolutely amazing gaming experience. What Elite and Dungeon Master brought us in 80's, Ultima Underworld and System Shock in 90's that's what Demon/Dark Souls series brought us in last decade. Breath of the fresh air in the world of clones.

Rey Samonte
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Loved Demon's Soul and just started to play Dark Souls. However, I'm still not a big fan of invasions. I just barely started and had a guy invade me who was obviously a higher level than me, and all he wanted to do is grief me(of course, I understand that's the point but at least make it kind of fair?). Wished I could turn it off when I'm focusing on progressing through the missions. I guess I can try playing it offline?

But either or, this is good news. :)

Sebastian Cardoso
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Fuck yeah! One of the best videogames ever made. Super-happy about this :)

Alex Covic
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... again this focus on "Japanisms" and "Japanese games" - not as in numbers, or as a market, but in cultural context ... there is this "them vs us" undertone distinction running as a theme ever since the "Japanese games are $(%!" public bashing by one or two individuals.

Now everyone seems compelled to prove something one way or another.

I don't like business/developer focused websites riding on this meme while supposedly delivering news.

"embracing its culture and injecting a real Japanese feel into its games" - who are you, Sir, to make such a stereotyping statement? What makes you an expert in Japanese culture? What is - in your western mind - "a real Japanese feel"? These kind of opinions should not color what should be just news?

Mathieu MarquisBolduc
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Theres nothing particulary Japanese in Dark souls. What I see is exceptional character control, animation and above else level design.

David Holmin
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Well, it is a lot more like Zelda or Monster Hunter than it is Skyrim or The Witcher.

David Holmin
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I meant gameplay wise, and earlier Zeldas. It also reminds me quite a bit of Symphomy of the Night, for example in way NPCs are scattered in the world and you run into with them from time to time.

I'm just saying we're probably more likely to see a game like Dark Souls come from a Japanese developer than a western one, and that it draws more from other Japanese games than western ones.