Dark Souls II is being re-released across the five major platforms early next year, Bandai Namco has announced, but the generational shift means certain updates will only be available on the PC, PS4 and XBO.
As in the original Dark Souls’ Prepare To Die Edition, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin will include the base game, as well as the three previously released downloadable content packs: Crown of the Sunken King, Crown of the Old Iron King, and Crown of the Ivory King. The aforementioned content will be available on all platforms, although PC and new-generation console hardware will get the additional benefits of updated visuals, rebalanced gameplay, more enemies and new enemy placement, and higher player counts in multiplayer sessions. However, the re-release will launch alongside the 1.10 update for all platforms, which incorporates an expanded story, additional in-game events, and better online matchmaking, meaning that previous owners are not left completely in the cold.
Dark Souls II originally launched earlier this year to critical acclaim, although lower sales than its predecessor, which may have sparked the decision to re-release it. The new edition will be available on the PC, PS3, PS4, X360 and XBO from the 7th of April 2015, meaning that it is likely to face stiff competition (at least on PS4) from its spiritual successor, Bloodborne, which is set for a late March release.