Dark Souls fans have all kinds of things to look forward to this spring. Bloodborne releases on March 24, of course, but that’s not all.
From Software’s next-gen upgrade of Dark Souls II follows not even a month later.
The game, coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, will run at 1080p and 60fps on all three versions.
IGN’s comparison video shows off the much-improved frame rate and some better lighting, though the textures and models don’t look to be that different from the original, so it may not be as big an upgrade in that department as some of the other remasters we’ve seen.
That’s not all we have to look forward to, though. Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin will sport remixed monster and item placement as well as six-player multiplayer and a new ending for the game.
If you already own the original release of the game, the patch that adds in the new boss and new ending is already available to download, though if you want the remixed game and multiplayer enhancements, you’ll have to pick up the new release.
For those who missed out on it last spring, it’s an easy choice, but it might be a bit tougher for those who already own the game, especially on PC where there’s no change of platform generation to justify the new purchase. Fans are already discussing boycotts on PC in response to the decision not to patch in the new features – include the visual upgrade from DirectX 9 to Direct X 11.
If you’d rather wait for the game instead of the patch, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin hits April 7 – just two weeks after Bloodborne.