Today, From Software revealed mechanics and details of Dark Souls 3’s launch during the Japan Premier hosted in Ebisu, Tokyo.
Release Date: (Japan) March 24th 2016 – PC & International release dates are not confirmed.
Network Test: (Japan) Signup for beta testing by visiting this link. This test is intended for Japanese Playstation players. You will be asked for your date of birth, then directed to agree to the terms of service. On the next page, you will see fields for “Name”, “Prefecture” (Japan only), “Age”, “Email”, “Internet quality”, “Testing Experience”. You will then proceed to a confirmation page. Afterwards a mail will be sent to the address you entered: you must click on the URL sent to you by email to confirm your entry. Use the code under your email to confirm after you have clicked the link – beware it is case-sensitive!
- Signup period is from September 12th until October 4th. Chosen testers will be announced on October 13th at 10:00 AM.
- Those chosen will be contacted by email
- Those not chosen will not receive an email
- If you have not received an email, please confirm on the submission page.
- Those chosen will be able to enter a product code that enables them to download Dark Souls 3 Network Test Version.
- First Test: October 16th 2015 – 8:00 ~ 11:00 PM (jst)
- Second Test: October 17th 2015 – 8:00 ~ 11:00 PM (jst)
- Third Test: October 18th 2015 – 8:00 ~ 11:00 PM (jst)
Dark Souls 3 – Several menus and explanations
Weapon Arts have been added to the game. There are a range of these weapon actions with unique qualities and effects, and using them consumes Magic/Weapon Art gauge. Those weapons that do not display a gauge have no consumption. For an English version of the controls, please see this page.
Dark Souls 3 Magic
Magic is activated via consumption of points stored in the magic gauge. If you do not have enough points, magic will not activate. To refill your gauge, you may rest at a bonfire or use the item “Soul Ash Vessel”. (*not final translation).
Dark Souls 3 Battle Art details
|Weapon||Consumes Gauge||Art Effect|
|Longsword||Yes||Press and hold L2 to enter Poise StancePress R1 or R2 to perform a special attack.|
|Battle Axe||Yes||Press L2 to temporarily increase your attack power|
|Greatsword||Yes||Press L2 to perform a step.Press R1 or R2 to perform a special attack|
|Undead Troop Scimitar(Legion Scimitars)||Yes||Press L2 to perform a rotating maneuver.Press R1 or R2 to perform a special attack|
|Sorcerer Wand||Yes||Press L2 to temporarily increase your Magic Attack power.|
|Talisman||Yes||Press L2 to cast miracles without being affected by enemy attacks.|
|Standard/Medium Shield||Yes||Press L2 to instantly trigger your right-hand weapon Battle Art.|
|Small Shield||Yes||Press L2 to parry enemy attacks.|
Starting Equipment of the Dark Souls 3 Japanese Demo
A knight equipped with a Longsword and Kite Shield (Standard/Medium Shield). Orthodox and well-rounded in battle.
A knight equipped with a Battle Axe and a Round Shield (Standard/Medium Shield) or a Small Shield. Specialized in close quarters melee combat.
A soldier equipped with a Mace and Guardian Shield (Standard/Medium Shield). Also carrying a Talisman, can cast Miracles.
Magician equipped with a Spear and Target Shield (Small Shield). Carries a Staff and can cast Sorceries.
- Includes a Map
- Includes Soundtrack