So, erm, Dark Souls... well, Dark Souls II. Come on, we all know the deal, it's going to be hard. Hell, it's going to be very hard. Well, fork out a bit of extra cash, and you'll receive a bit of extra help!
That's right, if you decide to purchase either the Black Armour Edition, or the Collector's Edition of the title, you'll receive a voucher which unlocks early access to the weapons contained in the Black Armor Weapons Pack.
The idea is (according to Bandai Namco) that the weapons pack will “help players as they begin their journey through the most challenging and rewarding sequel.”.
Guess you want to know what items this includes huh? Keep reading!
Black Flamestone Dagger and Black Flamestone Parma – A dagger and shield encrusted in Black Flamestone both found in the Gutter at Black Gulch. Even though they are heavier than a normal dagger and shield, the Flamestone crystal’s unique properties make the dagger extremely sharp and give the shield high resistance to damage.
Yellow Quartz Longsword and Yellow Quartz Shield – A straight sword and small shield hardened with yellow quartz both uncovered at the bottom of the Iron Keep. Even though these items can break easily due to their high level of corrosion, they are exceptionally light and their power to inflict damage has not declined.
Bound Hand Axe and Bound Wooden Shield – A brutal hand axe and shield found in the Undead Purgatory. Both items are wrapped in chains and thorns to cause additional bleeding on enemies. Both the axe and shield have diminished in overall slashing power but their ability to deliver pain has been deliberately increased.
Homunculus Mace and Homunculus Wooden Shield – A mace and shield with spherical protrusions found in Aldia’s Keep. Although heavier-than-normal maces and shields, the hard protrusions greatly increase the striking power of the mace as well as the shield’s defensive capabilities.
Transgressor’s Staff and Transgressor’s Leather Shield – A staff and leather shield entwined with an unknown and seemingly lackluster element; these items are found in the Dark Chasm of Old. They have become a catalyst for sorcery and hex and cause an effect known as Darkness.
Dark Souls II is set for American console release (360 & PS3) on March 11th, and European release on March 14th, with a PC version following shortly after.