Dark Souls – New Info, Screenshots & Artwork

by on March 4, 2011

Namco Bandai have today seen fit to release some new details along with some screenshots and artwork for the upcoming “spiritual successor” to Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls!

In Dark Souls, players have a new friend. The Beacon Fire is a key feature that will permeate the entire game universe, serving a number of important functions for players as they battle on many levels to overcome the uniquely challenging universe.

The game world of Dark Souls is seamless, with no distinct levels and few loading times. Throughout the world, the small, warm light of the beacon fire will serve as a point of subtle relief that glows in the cold, dark world that the player explores through. The main functions of Beacon Fire are as follows:

  • Recovery Point: Use the fire to restore the life gauge
  • Restart Point: When a player dies in the game they can restart from the last Beacon Fire, helping players progress in the face of adversity and death.
  • Sharing Point: Players may gather around the beacon fire to share the Dark Souls experience

The restart point sounds very much as though “checkpointing” has been implemented, which will be welcome to people who found Demon’s Souls so tremendously challenging, though the people who adored it may well find this a most unwelcome change! What do you think? Head over to our forums and tell us!

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Dark Souls is due out later this year for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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