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Dark Souls 2 release date locked in

Anticipated sequel confirmed for March release; new trailer released

Dark Souls 2 will release for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March next year, Namco Bandai has confirmed.

The publisher announced a March 11 release in North America and March 14 release in Australia and Europe at its Tokyo Game Show event earlier today.

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These dates apply only to console editions, with the PC version to release at an unspecified later date. Game director Yui Tanimura explained to Eurogamer that the delay is due to FromSoftware "working on more options on how to make the PC version optimal."

A Dark Souls 2 Collector's Edition will also be made available, which bundles a 12-inch Warrior Knight statue, art-book, map and the official Dark Souls 2 soundtrack.

Meanwhile, a Black Armour Edition will be available upon launch, which boasts a metal case housing the game disc and official soundtrack.

A Dark Souls 2 beta will commence next month on PS3, with free sign-ups available now.