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Dark Souls II Runs On A Brand New Engine

Details of the surprise Dark Souls II announcement have so far been scarce. We know that it's going to be released on the current generation of consoles, and that its dark, epic fantasy tone will match that of previous Souls games. I've been salivating for more, and thankfully further details surfaced in a new interview with 4gamer today.

Speaking to the Japanese site, From Software's Tomohiro Shibuya and Hidetaka Miyazaki touched on some of the questions that fans have been wondering about most, including the new engine, the direction that the story will take and the layout of Dark Souls II's world. (Dark Souls 2, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

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shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1074d ago
I wouldn't mind this being a next gen launch game.
Reibooi  +   1073d ago
I wonder if this will be coming out on PC along with the other versions at launch. And if it does I really hope they give the PC version more love then they did with the original Dark Souls.
guitarded77  +   1073d ago
Don't know if it will at the same time, but From Soft have shown that they want to take Souls to a major multi-platform franchise. Did the PC version have problems? I haven't played it on PC... why does it need more love? I know a lot of people want it on Wii U since the gamepad would be good for menu navigation. The more people who experience Souls, the better IMO.
tubers  +   1073d ago
Hacks and dupes are the easiest on the PC.
Reibooi  +   1073d ago

The PC version was a straight port and didn't even support resolutions beyond what the consoles did. A mod had to be made to allow the game to even take advantage of the extra power the PC version could have used.

I want to see the game get the same attention that something like Borderlands 2 or Sleeping Dogs got. Lots of options and tweaking to get the game as smooth and pretty as can be. The original Dark Souls certainly didn't have that.
guitarded77  +   1073d ago
Cool... thank's for droppin' some knowledge on me. I really didn't know.
Enemy  +   1074d ago
Maybe this'll help improve the damn frame rate.
TopDudeMan  +   1074d ago
Yeah, dat havok engine and it's movey-corpse physics was definitely not helping with that.
The_Infected  +   1074d ago
Not if its on this outdated gen of consoles. I hate the frame rates on almost ever game on consoles anymore. I want 60fps because its so smooth.
Mounce  +   1074d ago
And hopefully it will help a bit with that Lag-backstabbing issue which can get fucking horrendous with the cheap deaths and how every PVP'er seeks not to have a good fucking fight, all they do is try to exploit every little second to get behind your back and not really attempt to use any skill in battle. HURRR BACKAACKAKABACKBACKBACKSTAB HNNNNG

-Orgasms if wins the fight. RAGE QUIT if dies and fails the backstab-technique-
Reverent  +   1073d ago
Haha, you have no idea... When I first picked up Demon's Souls, I was running through the Storm Shrine (can't remember it's full name), I got invaded by the SAME guy like five times. He kept killing me with his Makato sword by stabbing me in the back even when he was clearly in front of me. I eventually gave up and just did some crystal gecko farming.

I love the Souls games; easily in my top 5 favorite games overall of this gen, but their netcodes could seriously use some work.
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jetpacksheep  +   1074d ago
I think learning from their PC version last time will allow them to make a much better port to PC this time round, hopefully the engine and graphics will shine in Dark Souls 2
Blastoise  +   1074d ago
I hope the bodies still flail about. It was dumb, but since Demon's souls I've always kinda liked that :P
Kyosuke_Sanada  +   1074d ago
I agree. Seeing a monster's weight reduce from hundreds of pounds to a feather in a single slash is always hilarious.
TopDudeMan  +   1074d ago
Hey, I've lost loot because of it. :(
Blastoise  +   1074d ago

"there goes a titanite chunk I'll never see again"
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pixelsword  +   1074d ago
lol right!

*kills a dragon*

Oh, boy! Now I just have to get close enough to collect!

*flips off of a cliff*

HarryMasonHerpderp  +   1074d ago
That should totally be a meme lol
jetpacksheep  +   1073d ago
yes, just yes!
-MD-  +   1074d ago
Hopefully they don't have to rely on a fan to fix their PC version this time around.
TopDudeMan  +   1074d ago
I couldn't care less. Dark souls is just not a keyboard and mouse game. I didn't even attempt to play it with that. I just put my 360 controller right in on straight off the bat in the PC version.

If you want to play it KB+M, then there'll be a fix out for it anyway.
Skate-AK  +   1074d ago
I think he means it being 60 FPS and 1080p. Instead of 720 and 30 FPS like it was at launch for PC.
Brownghost  +   1074d ago
hes talking about the graphical fix.
MrAnderson  +   1074d ago
He's talking about the frame rate and resolution, you derp.
SilentNegotiator  +   1074d ago
It's beyond sad that people have low enough standards to hit disagree.

Simple options should be a given.
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   1074d ago
I'm sure the PC version will turn out better this time.
Seems like they didn't have enough time and resources with the original Dark Souls port and probably weren't expecting a fan petition for their game.
Murad  +   1073d ago
Well didn't they state that they never made a PC title before or something, and that this was their first time? So, they let the fan base give people better speed, and better graphics?
PurpHerbison  +   1074d ago
Don't neglect a solid FPS this time!
PhoenixRising37  +   1074d ago
I couldn't help but notice that this is a kotaku article.
Guys... is it worth it?
CaitSith  +   1074d ago
It's not screenshots straight from the game itself, just artwork.
Reverent  +   1073d ago
A little off topic here, but am I the only one who absolutely despises Kotaku's comment section layout? It's seriously the worst I have seen of any website, ever.
YoungPlex  +   1074d ago
I'm kind of glad they use a new engine rather than the PhyreEngine. I just hope they still use Havok for their middleware, I actually enjoy kicking the undead like rag-dolls and braking stuff! Hopefully this addresses that nasty slowdown that both Soul titles suffer from...
ThatsGaming  +   1073d ago
Brand New Engine = Twice the dying of Dark Souls. Which was twice the dying from Demon Souls...
Kos-Mos  +   1073d ago
It's going to be an amazing game. And please everyone vote kotaku down by pressing the +kotaku on top of the page. We do not want to be polluted by crap articles in the future.
Murad  +   1073d ago
What's wrong with Kotaku and their articles?
Summons75  +   1073d ago
They are completely biased, hypocritical, and make up rumors claiming them to be true with no source what so ever. They also post things unrelated to gaming 90% of the time.
ALLWRONG  +   1073d ago
So you hate Kotaku because you think they're biased. Do you say the same every time PSU writes an article about Nintendo or MS?
Murad  +   1073d ago
If Dark Souls 2 comes out on PC I will gladly buy it.
Cam977  +   1073d ago
Shut up and take my money.
I'm playing through NG+ on DaS and it's still amazing! Should I go for the platinum? I think YES! I achieved it in DeS and don't want to ruin the pattern.

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