Bandai Namco just released its pricing information on the remaster of ‘Dark Souls II’, and man is it confusing.
First off, ‘Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin’ will be available on Steam on April 1st, but on the Xbox One and PS4 (digital and retail) on April 7th. If you buy it on the Xbox One or PS4 then the game is $59.99, easy. But if you want to buy the game on Steam, then the price gets a little complicated, determining upon if you already own a copy of ‘Dark Souls II’, if you own the DLC for it, and which version of DirectX is on your PC.
If you already own ‘Dark Souls II’ and have all its DLC on Steam, then the game is $19.99. If you own ‘Dark Souls II’ but don’t have its DLC on Steam, then its $29.99. If this is your first time purchase of the ‘Dark Souls II’, then the game is $49.99. BUT all of this only applies for the DirectX11 version of the game – if you want the DirectX9 version, then whether you previous owned ‘Dark Souls II’ or not doesn’t matter, its just $39.99.
Carrying over previous ‘Dark Souls II’ saves is also not straight forward. If your previous saved data was made on a Xbox 360, PS3, or DirectX9 system, then you can carry it over; if it was made on an Xbox One, PS4, or DirectX11, then it cannot be transferred.
Bandai Namco is calling ‘Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin’ their “Director’s Cut” of ‘Dark Souls II’ – it has all of the game’s DLC as well as new content (for DirectX11, Xbox One, and PS4 only), including:
-New enemy placement, map shortcuts, and gameplay design.
-Graphics, sound, and performance upgrade.
-New weapons and armor for players to experiment with.
-New NPC invading player’s world.
-Max online players up from 4 to 6.
All of this info came from Bandai Namco’s FAQ for ‘Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin’ – if you’d like to find out more information about the game (including PC specs and how the DirectX9 and DirectX11 games will differ) then you can check out the FAQ for yourself here.