Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin pricing detailed; $19.99 for owners of original game and DLC

Dark Sould II: SoFS

Bandi Namco have spilled the beans on their up and coming ultimate version of Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin. Inside their new FAQ is details on system requirements for the new DirectX 11 version, feature list and most importantly, pricing.

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So what’s inside the “ultimate” Dark Souls II package? Well, the graphics, sound and performance have all been improved thanks to the implementation of DirectX 11. They’ve also messed around with the enemy placement and map layouts, to surprise even the most veteran Souls player. New weapons and armour will be made available to claim, but only if you can overcome the addition of new, deadly NPC invaders. But even if you can’t, you can now bring in up to six friends online, to help you out. All past DLC will be included in the package too.

OK, so that sounds rather good right? Next up is system requirements, which due to the upgraded engine, have been bumped up slightly. Here’s the requirements for the DirectX 11 version of the game:

Minimum System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 64bit / Windows 8.1 64bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3 2100 3.1GHz / AMD A8 3870 3.6GHz
  • Memory: 4GB RAM
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465 / ATI Radeon HD 6870
  • DirectX: 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet Connection
  • Hard Drive: 23GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX11 sound device
  • Additional Notes: Controller support: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for Windows (or equivalent) recommended

Recommended Specifications:

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 64bit / Windows 8.1 64bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 2600 3.4GHz / AMD FX 8150 3.6GHz or better
  • Memory: 8GB RAM or better
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 (700 series) or better / ATI Radeon HD 7850 (7000 series) or better
  • DirectX: 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet Connection
  • Hard Drive: 23GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX11 sound device
  • Additional Notes: Controller support: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for Windows (or equivalent) recommended

Did you pass? Great! But there’s one more boss before you can start to celebrate. Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin will cost varying amounts depending on what DirectX version you want, and if you own the original game and any of its DLC. Here’s how it works out:

  • Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (DirectX9): $39.99
  • Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (DirectX11): $49.99
  • DirectX11 Upgrade price for existing owners of Dark Souls II on Steam: $29.99
  • DirectX11 Upgrade price for existing owners of Dark Souls II and all DLC on Steam: $19.99

Here’s where it gets a bit tricky. Players of both the DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 will not be able to play with on another, so you’ll need to double check with your friends to make sure there’s no issues.

You can read the full FAQ for more information.