Dark Souls 2: Release Date for Dark Souls II Coming May; Developer Explains Game Difficulty

February 7, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

“Dark Souls II” was listed on Amazon with a release date of May 31, according to reports this week.

Gamespot reported that Amazon listed the PC version of the game for $60, and it requires a Steam client to download.

The game has a March 11 release date for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version, VG247 reported.

Gamespot notes that it is “entirely possible that the May 31 release date is inaccurate. Big publishers don’t usually release high profile games on a weekends (May 31 falls on a Saturday), except for Nintendo, which has a habit of publishing games on Sundays.”

The website also notes that releasing a date on the last day of the month is also suspect.

From Software, the developer, has said that the PC version will release shortly after the console version.

A developer with From said a few days ago that they’re not purposefully going out of their way to make a highly difficult game.

“Dark Souls 2 will focus on streamlining the game play experience to more directly portray the pure essence of the Dark Souls experience. This includes elements such as the strong sense of achievement of overcoming the challenges in the game, and also the ‘loose’ connections players have with other players in the online space. Our goal is to really focus on having players deeply immerse themselves into the world, and fully take on their roles within the game play experience,” co-director Yui Tanimura told PC Gamer.

He added: “Our aim is not to develop a difficult game. Our aim is to tune the difficulty to a level for players to be able to overcome and sense the highest sense of accomplishment possible. With this, the AI will be tuned to react more naturally to the player actions, but at the same time, the player controls and motions will be more natural and fitting to the actions carried out.”

From Software this week also released screenshots showing the game’s character creator.

The Japanese game website Famitsu published the screenshots.