Dark Souls II is re-releasing as Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on April 7, 2015, FromSoftware and Bandai Namco announced Tuesday.
All of the game’s three downloadable content releases will be included in Scholar of the First Sin. Crown of the Sunken King (July 22), Crown of the Old Iron King (Aug. 26), and Crown of the Ivory King (Sept. 1) all feature new locations, bosses, weapons, spells and items. Currently each of them cost $9.99 or part of a season pass for $24.99.
More NPCs will be added throughout the game as well as new enemies, items and in-game events. Game balances and improved online matchmaking are also coming with the new version. An increase of up to six players online in a single game session is exclusive to the PS4, Xbox One and DirectX 11 PC versions. It will also have improved visuals for these platforms.
Scholar of the First Sin is also coming to the original PS3, Xbox 360 and DirectX 9 PC versions through a free update in the game’s 1.10 patch. Owners of the original Dark Souls II will get all the new gameplay updates but not any of the DLC packs. The free patch and retail game will release Feb. 5, 2015 in Japan according to the press release.
Existing PC owners will not receive the Direct X 11 updates for free but they will be a paid upgrade as a full separate release. Bandai Namco is considering the Direct X 9 PC version of Dark Souls II as a last-generation game on the same level as the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions. Pricing for the PC version or an upgrade discount to buy the Direct X 11 additions for existing PC owners wasn’t announced.
Players can use their save data and character from current platforms for the new Dark Souls II, but progress cannot be transferred to the next-generation versions, including DX9 to DX11 on PC, according to the Japanese press release. Scholar of the First Sin will use different servers between last-gen and current platforms, which means separate online matchmaking, splitting the player base between the two versions even on PC.
Dark Souls II, developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco, first released this year for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on March 11 and for PC on April 24.
Scholar of the First Sin will release only two weeks after Bloodborne, the PS4-exclusive from the same developer. Dark Souls II is a follow-up to 2011’s Dark Souls on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
Watch the game’s announcement trailer: