Bandai Namco have finally announced a Dark Souls III release date. The game will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in April 2016 “across Europe, Middle-East, Africa and Australasia”, according to Bandai Namco Europe. They’ve also dated their Network Stress Test Sessions for as soon as October, with registration opening September.
FromSoftware’s highly anticipated follow-up to Dark Souls II, Dark Souls III takes the series truly into the current generation for the first time. Dark Souls II was available on 8th gen as Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, but it was more of an enhanced forward port if anything.
Dark Souls III also sees the now legendary Hidetaka Miyazaki return to the series as game director, after the enormous critical success of the PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne. As a spiritual successor of sorts to Dark Souls, it’s unclear just how much of an impact Bloodborne will have on Dark Souls III‘s development and game design.
Registration for the Network Stress Test Sessions opens September 18th and will be for the PlayStation 4 format. Slots are limited, and will be filled at random. The Test Sessions will be testing game server load, multiplayer gameplay, and game design. You can sign up on the official Dark Souls III website: www.DarkSouls3.com
o Game server load evaluation
o Multiplayer gameplay evaluation
o Game balance evaluation
o September 18th, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. CEST to Sunday, October 4th, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. CEST (planned)
• Network Stress Test sessions
o Friday, October 16th, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. CEST
o Saturday, October 17th, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. CEST
o Sunday, October 18th, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. CEST