Dark Souls Remastered has been “postponed” for Switch
Dark Souls Remastered was supposed to hit Nintendo Switch at the same time as it landed on PS4 and Xbox One and PC – 25 May. However, Bandai Namco has announced that both Dark Souls Remastered and its accompanying Solaire of Astora amiibo have been pushed back until this summer.
No reason for the delay has been given, with a press release from Bandai simply stating that “The release date for the Nintendo Switch version has now been pushed back to this summer. Additionally, the Solaire of Astora amiibo has also been postponed with the same timeframe.
“The Nintendo Switch™ version of Dark Souls: Remastered allows players to play it anytime and anywhere.”
All other versions of Dark Souls: Remastered are still arriving on 25 May, leading many to believe that it’s simply performance issues holding the Switch release back. Bandai still plans on holding a network test ahead of the release, explaining to Alphr that a “network test for Nintendo Switch will still take place to estimate a load factor for the server before the launch.” However, there’s no set date for the test just yet as Bandai Namco will be “confirming the date based on the release date” and so will announce it at a later date.
Dark Souls Remastered is getting its own dedicated Amiibo and Nintendo is opening up an online playtest ahead of its release on Switch, a new Nintendo Direct reveals. Dark Souls Remastered promises both a higher framerate and resolution than the original and, significantly, represents the first time the franchise has appeared on a Nintendo platform. Of course, it also means it’s the first time you’ll be able to play the game on the go.
As with all announcements around Dark Souls, we still haven’t heard much more about From Software’s “New Project” teased at the Video Game Awards in December.
What is From Software’s New Project?
Original story continues: From Software, the developers of beloved and notoriously difficult series Dark Souls and Bloodborne has teased an entirely new game simply entitled “New Project”.
Revealed at The Game Awards, it’s not yet known what this mysterious New Project is. Chances are it’s going to be a similar sort of affair to Dark Souls, Demon’s Souls and Bloodborne, but who knows. From Software did make the Armored Core games so perhaps we’ll somehow find out it’s a dark and bloody mech game set in an alternate medieval future.
It definitely isn’t that.
The teaser trailer, which lasts less than thirty seconds, features the sound of rain in the background while a bloody rope wrapped around some sort of contraption (at least, I think that’s what it is), inside a wooden frame twists tighter. It certainly doesn’t explain a lot, and then the words “Shadows Die Twice” appearing on the screen doesn’t do much to inform the curious mind.
The description on the YouTube video simply states “Here is a tiny glimpse into our new project” indicating that, perhaps this isn’t going to be a game we’ve seen from From Software before.
There is a chance that, with PlayStation Experience happening on the 8 December – or 4.30am GMT on 9 December in the UK – that we’ll see a bit more about what From Software is up to. Like Bloodborne and Demon’s Souls, this could be another exclusive for Sony.
It should be noted that, back in 2015, From Software trademarked the name “Soldiers’ Soul” but have yet to use it. With Dark Souls 3 arriving in 2016, it’s feasible that From Software have been hard at work on this Soldiers’ Soul IP since before Dark Souls 3 had wrapped, but who knows.