From Software's Dark Souls is one of the greatest video games ever made. Creepy, mysterious, punishingly difficult and wildly addictive, the game inspired a cottage industry of knock-offs (some of which were more successful in their cribbing than others). To put it in terms that our non-gaming friends might understand: seven years after its release, people still talk about Dark Souls in the same reverential tones that film geeks often reserve for talking about Goodfellas.
It is a classic. And now, at long last, it's being remastered.
This morning, Nintendo announced that Dark Souls Remastered is officially headed for the Nintendo Switch. In addition to an improved framerate and a tweaked resolution, it will also come with the Artorias of the Abyss DLC, and will arrive on May 15th of this year.
That's exciting news, to be sure, but what about those of us who don't own a Nintendo Switch? Well, Kotaku UK's got good news for us: according to them, Dark Souls Remastered will also be announced for the PS4, XBOX One and PCs later today, and that...
"These ports are being handled by a separate company from the Switch port, and will feature rebuilt lighting and SFX based on Dark Souls 3, as well as upscaled textures. One change we've been made aware of is that multiplayer will be expanded to support six concurrent players, which makes sense if the goal is to get Dark Souls' covenant system working a little more smoothly."
If you're wondering what this might look like in action, check out these photos from IGN's Daniel Krupa:
Oh sweet Jesus and sweet baby Jesus, that looks incredible.
I look at those screens and my mind starts whirling: will Blight Town finally run smoothly? Will I still be able to slash my way through Undead Burg in record time, purely through muscle memory? Will Sen's Fortress kick my ass all over again? And, oh my god: we're going back to Anor Londo.
We'll update this post once the release dates become official for the PS4, XBOX One and PC versions of Dark Souls Remastered. In the meantime: this is a wildly exciting day for Dark Souls fans, and I hope all of them will join me in celebrating in the comments below.