Notorious for an incredible difficulty curve and unique dark fantasy lore, From Software is releasing the next update for its critically acclaimed sequel, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin. Whether you are new to the series or a devoted fan wanting to brush up on what to expect, here are several topics you need to know!
What is the game about?
Continuing from the original sequel, Scholar of the First Sin begins with the main character, known as the “Bearer of the Curse,” attempting to find a cure for their “hollow” existence. The solution comprises of regaining their humanity back while attempting to stop this continuous cycle that plagues all living mortals. While roaming these barren lands, the player will fight new monstrous entities, discover unique equipment, and even alter the game’s final outcome with a brand new ending! However, don’t believe the game is going to be any easier.
One crucial addition to the game is a character known as Aldia, also known as “Scholar of the First Sin.” Covered in flame and rotted branches, Aldia will reveal secrets of this barren world and its secret origins, including further details about the “First Sinner.”
What new features should I anticipate?
The Dark Souls series has an extensive fan community that From Software observes with an attentive eye. For the curious adventurer, either returning or starting anew, you can expect new equipment, increase online player capacity, different enemy placement, and updated graphics and sound design.
The addition of Scholar of the First Sin has also changed previous buffs from armor and weapons from the original installment. If you have a saved character from the previous game, be sure to check your inventory, as various possessions’ statuses will change (including reduction of attack power and addition of bleeding effects). For further information, look towards the blog updates on the official Dark Souls 2 hashtag at the Bandai Namco Tumblr blog.
I’m new to Dark Souls. Should I even consider buying this?
Absolutely! If you can handle incredible (and exciting) difficulty with a lust for grim surroundings, Dark Souls is a series you must try. As a matter of fact, the official news updates for Dark Souls II answers this question directly, as they state, “Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin is the most complete version of Dark Souls II and will deliver an experiencing including all of the DLC content.” This means that all previous installments and DLC will be available on this new addition!
If I own the previous Dark Souls II, do I have to buy this one?
This is where it gets a little tricky. There’s been plenty of confusion whether or not previous owners need to purchase this game in order to transfer previous saves. If you have Dark Souls II on PS3 or Xbox 360, you need to purchase the Scholar of the First Sin as it will not be supported on these qualifications. However, if you own the game on PS4 or Xbox One, you will not need to worry, as your character will be safe and sound!
Where can I find more information?
There’s plenty of information going around, but going straight to the source would be your best bet for any new information you need!