Dark Souls II improves on an already formidable legacy \
written by Chris Dick
Tak Miyazoe, Namco Bandai Games Global Producer, suits up with us for another death-and-frustration- filled adventure in Dark Souls II. Will we die? Absolutely. Will we have fun doing so? Absolutely.
Dark Souls was a step up from Demon’s Souls. How much more awesome is Dark Souls II then?
Dark Souls II will definitely be another step up from Dark Souls with its new, original game graphics engine, and dedicated game server. The improved visuals both in the animation realm and environmental design will add further immersion of players with their character into the game world. The dedicated game server will add to a deeper role-playing element within the game world with its enhanced covenant system that’s sure to please fans.
The world map is twice as large as Dark Souls, right? Explain how that makes for a more immersive journey.
Actually, the game world of Dark Souls II is roughly the same as the volume of Dark Souls. However, we have further enhanced the exploration aspect for more discoveries. We’ve also expanded on the “loose” connections players will have with others in the world; this will add to a deeper overall game play experience as well.
Is challenge still key to the Dark Souls gaming experience?
Yes! Our aim is to have players reach an extremely high sense of achievement when overcoming the difficulties and challenges in the game. We’ve made sure to keep the challenges high in order to elevate the positive sensation of satisfaction when conquering hurdles in the game.
Explain some of the new features in Dark Souls II.
Some new features include voice chat strictly limited to co-op game play and new classes for an added depth of gameplay. We aim to maintain the core elements of the Dark Souls experience, but have enhanced its surrounding feature sets to more purely express and communicate the central essence of Dark Souls II.
What advice do you have to gamers to succeed in Dark Souls II?
The main advice is to never give up and always learn from your mistakes. The challenge from the game will not be from difficult control mechanisms or the requirement of needing fast reflexes. As long as players have the courage to continue taking an extra step forward while learning from trial and error and trying different play tactics, there will always be a faint light of hope to conquer the challenges that lie ahead.