Just when we were turning our backs on that rumor weeks ago, Nintendo and Bandai Namco came out and threw us a curveball. That guy on Twitter’s rumor turned out to be true! That’s right – FromSoftware’s legendary Dark Souls is getting a remastered version coming May 2018 for the Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
You can check out the official Japanese website right over here, but good luck reading the text! Thanks to some translators on the Reddit r/games thread, it turns out that the PS4 and XB1 versions of the game will run at 60 FPS, while the Switch will remain at the original 30 FPS. While this is somewhat of a downer, the reality of a portable Dark Souls is more than enough compromise for us!
This tweet from the official Nintendo of America account talks about “improve framerate and resolution”, though it’s not clear what this is referring to. Our guess is that while the Switch version will run at the original FPS, the game’s frame rate will remain stable, specifically in certain areas – we’re looking at you, Blighttown! The improved resolution will probably make the game look a little prettier.
Furthermore the game will receive some network changes. The original version utilized a peer to peer (P2P) system for multiplayer, while the remastered version is going to using dedicated servers. Hopefully this should make co-op and invasions a little smoother! What’s also exciting is that they’re taking after Dark Souls 2 and 3 in the sense that you can now have up to six people in one world! That means three co-op buddies and two potential invaders. This should spice things up for veterans of the original Dark Souls!
That’s all the info we’ve got right now. We don’t know yet if they’re changing anything core gameplay-wise, so let’s hold out for more info. We can’t wait for this remaster!