Dark Souls fans will have duels of a different sort to look forward to with the announcement of Dark Souls: The Card Game by Steamforged Games. Details about the game were released on the product page for the title on Steamforged Games' website.
Dark Souls: The Card Game is a cooperative deck evolution game for 1-4 players set in the grimdark universe full of mimics and spooky skeletons. You'll work your way through the world battling enemies to earn Souls and Treasure, ultimately working your way up to one of a selection of final bosses. A trailer accompanied the announcement of the game:
Of course, it wouldn't be a Dark Souls game if it didn't have some measure of difficulty to it. Attacking enemies requires that you draw Stamina cards from your deck. Your deck is not only your source of power - it also serves the function of your hit point counter. While you can trade cards with your allies in order to tailor your deck's contents to your particular playstyle, the only way to replenish your cards is by resting at a bonfire.
The core Dark Souls: The Card Game experience will have four bosses, each with their own deck featuring 8 attacks: Abyss Watcher, High Lord Wolnir, Pontiff Sulyvahn, and Vordt of the Boreal Valley, The game will include over 400 cards that cover Starting Deck Cards, Equipment Cards, Stamina Cards, Enemy Cards, and Boss Cards. In addition, there will be 1 Player Board, 1 Encounter Board, 1 Enemy Board, over 60 tokens, and a rulebook.
This isn't the first foray into the Dark Souls universe for Steamforged Games; they previously created Dark Souls: The Board Game and released it last year. Most recently, they announced another video game-based title in mid-August: Resident Evil 2: The Board Game.
Pre-orders for the upcoming card game are open until August 25, 2017, at the price of $39.95. Pre-ordered copies are expected to be delivered in February 2018. Dark Souls: The Card Game will be available on store shelves and online retailers sometime in 2018.
What do you think of Dark Souls: The Card Game? Do you think Steamforged Games can adapt the unforgiving gameplay of the video games to a card game format? What are your expectations for this game? Let us know in the comments below!