FromSoftware is gearing up for the release of Dark Souls III, the fifth game in their controller snapping SoulsBorne series. And with the release of a big game comes a myriad of pre-order opportunities. We’re here to give you details, so you can decide who to give your money to when Dark Souls III drops on April 11th.
- Steam: Preordering on Steam gives you the official Dark Souls III soundtrack and a discount if you own a previous Dark Souls title. The discount is 8% off for the regular edition and 6% off the Deluxe edition that includes the Season Pass.
- Playstation Network: If you pick up Dark Souls III on the Playstation Store you get the official soundtrack as well as a dynamic theme for your PS4 dashboard.
- GameStop, Amazon & BestBuy: All these outlets are offering the Dark Souls III Day One edition for pre-order. The Day One edition comes with the Prima Starter Guide, the official soundtrack and a special sleeve packaging for the game. However, GameStop also offers a keychain with their pre-order package.
- Xbox: Xbox’s preorder breaks from the mould, ordering a digital copy of Dark Souls III gets you a free copy of the original Dark Souls playable on Xbox One.
This is largely what you’d expect from pre-order packages. The biggest news here is undoubtably a backwards compatible Dark Souls for the Xbox One. Xbox has been touting their backwards compatibility feature heavily but has rolled it out somewhat slowly with a trickle of titles rather than the entire library. Dark Souls was a very popular title that still has people pulling out their old consoles so having this title backwards compatible is a huge boon for Xbox
Also revealed was the ever-present Season Pass, for Dark Souls III the only information available is that there will be two DLC packs. FromSoftware has historically released very robust story DLCs with very little filler; Dark Souls had one excellent DLC, Dark Souls II brought three and Bloodborne’s recent Old Hunters was another in the same vein.
So there are your pre-order options; suffice it to say you can pick your poison, choosing between discounts, soundtracks and free copy of the original. We’ll be there on April 11th to cover the release of FromSoftware’s next masochistic entry.
I love the SoulsBorne series so I’m definitely going to pick up the title regardless, but outside of the Steam and Xbox options I don’t feel the hype for these pre-order bonuses. It’s understandable though, pre-order bonuses are something that are more or less expected these days and FromSoftware has always been a relatively Spartan developer. I’d likely be more concerned if they started shipping Artorias toys with each pre-order.