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Dark Souls 2 pre-orders get Black Armor Weapons pack early

Five weapon packs accessible instantly for hardcore fans

Gamer who pre-order Dark Souls 2's Black Armour Edition or Collector's Edition will receive early access to the Black Armor Weapons pack, Namco Bandai has announced.

A total of five weapon packs available at the beginning of the game, offering players some extra help at the start of the sequel to a game most noted for its notorious difficulty.

"These inventory items will help players as they begin their journey to the sequel of what many critics and gamers call one of the most challenging experiences in video game history," reads the PR.

As previously announced, the pre-order-only Black Armour Edition will be available upon launch, boasting a metal case housing the game disc and official soundtrack.

A Dark Souls 2 Collector's Edition will also be made available, which bundles the Black Armor Edition content when pre-ordered, along with a 12-inch Warrior Knight statue, art-book, map and the official Dark Souls 2 soundtrack.

The Dark Souls 2 release date is March 11 in North America and March 14 in Europe for PS3 and Xbox 360. A PC edition of the game will follow "shortly" after.

Here's the brief for each weapon pack:

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 Long Sword 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.