Even more souls to collect and bosses to roll around are now available in Dark Souls 3. Ashes of Ariandel, a call back to the painted world storyline of the first game and new snowy clime to struggle your way through, is out now. If you’re not in full-on anti-spoiler mode, there’s a launch trailer above - including a frustratingly ungoogleable cover of Lake of Fire - showing off at least one boss, some extra-spooky enemies, the return of the skeleton-hair-things from Irithyll and those much-vaunted new PvP modes.
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It should now be available worldwide. It’ll set you back £11.99 / $14.99 / €14.99 on Steam if you want it by its lonesome, or £19.99 / $24.99 / €24.99 for the season pass if you’re planning on playing the second DLC pack too later this year.
The only worry right now is multiple reports of it being rather short. While we’d take almost anything written by players on Steam with a grain / lump / mine of salt, most are reporting that for the purely PvE focused it’s a little on the light side. High quality, but short, with just a couple of bosses. If you’ve any interest in the mass of PvP features, however, they seem to recommend it. There were also some launch problems for those that owned the Season Pass, but those seem to have subsided with a restart of Steam.
Those interested in the lore - of which there is plenty - should check out the Dark Souls 3 subreddit for info on Ashes’ implications for the wider world.