Multiple details that involve the name, weapons, magic, and release date for the first installment of DLC for From Software's action-RPG Dark Souls 3 appear online.
Following last week's DLC announcement tease for Dark Souls 3, it appears as if information for the official reveal of the game's first expansion pack, which was originally set for August 24, has been steadily making the rounds online just a day ahead of From Software unveiling the details itself. According to the Japanese outlet Hachima, Dark Souls 3's forthcoming add-on is entitled "Ashes of Ariandel" and is set to release on October 26.
As seen in the screen capture of a now-deleted tweet from the official PlayStation Twitter account below, however, the initial batch of DLC for Dark Souls 3 has a launch schedule slated for October 25. This could signify a case of different release dates being necessary for different regions or for different platforms, but since the tweet was deleted, it's possible that such details could be inaccurate due to them being offered prematurely, so fans should expect From Software to clear up the confusion with its official announcement tomorrow.
Circling back to some of the details in the blog post from Hachima, the fine folks over at Siliconera combed through the story and translated the Japanese to discover that Ashes of Ariandel will feature new weapons, new magic, as well as a map that's exclusive to PvP combat called Immortal Competition. As far as the fresh weapons and magic go, the article on Hachima describes the battle gear as including a great sword with clear flames, and lists magic that appears to be an ice storm attack along with one that looks like a circular boomerang made of light.
Furthermore, Dark Souls 3 fans who pre-order the action-RPG's Season Pass on the PlayStation 4 are primed to receive an original theme inspired by the game for the Sony console. Should the information be accurate, the Season Pass that will include both the first and the second installments of DLC has a price point of 2,000 yen (about $20), and the Ashes of Ariandel as a standalone purchase will be sold for 1,200 yen (nearly $12).
Several months ago, publisher Bandai Namco revealed DLC details for Dark Souls 3, declaring that the Season Pass would cost fans of the game $25, so there's a chance that the retail value for the Japanese versions of the content could be a little cheaper than in other areas worldwide. Interestingly enough, though, it seems as if a leak about the Season Pass from several months ago regarding the fact that there will only be two separate expansions remains to be accurate, for neither the publisher nor developer From Software have provided any indication that there will be more.
In any event, Dark Souls 3 fans ought to get the full lowdown on all that will be included in Ashes of Ariandel tomorrow once From Software provides them with its own descriptions and promotional materials. Bearing that in mind, considering the fact that the game has had more than 3 million units ship worldwide as of May, those droves of fans and then some are surely ready for the official word on what's to come in the DLC.
Dark Souls 3 is out now and available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.