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Dark Souls 2 screenshots show Covenants, multiplayer

Namco Bandai has released a fresh batch of Dark Souls 2 screenshots focused on Covenants and online multiplayer.

Covenants are faction like groups which players align themselves with. Once an oath has been sworn, players are rewarded for following the rules of the covenant and punished if they break them.

Namco says: "While exploring the lost and shattered to pieces Dark Souls II world, each player can choose to help, rescue, invade, protect, and take on several positions within the world. But remember that no one is safe in this odyssey."

The Dark Souls 2 release date on PS3 and Xbox 360 is March 11, 2014 in North America and March 14 in Australia and Europe. A PC edition of the game will follow "shortly" after. Namco has announced a range of UK Dark Souls 2 pre-orders incentives.