Dark souls an action role-playing video game set in an open world environment. It was developed and published for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 by From Software in Japan and by Namco Bandai Games internationally. Previously referred to as Project Dark, it is the spiritual successor to Demon's Souls, From Software's previously released game. It was released in 2011: in Japan on September 22nd, in North America on October 4th, in Australia on October 6th and in Europe on October 7th. A PC version of the game was released on 24 August 2012 which featured additional content and was labeled as the Prepare to Die edition. The additional content from the PC version was later released as downloadable content for both consoles in October 2012- labeled as the Artorias of the Abyss expansion.
The game takes place in the kingdom of Lordran, where the player's character is a human who has been cursed and has chosen to make a pilgrimage. The plot of Dark Souls is mainly told through descriptions of in-game items and NPCs, with players having to piece together the lore through careful exploration of the world. The difficulty level of the game cannot be adjusted and death in the game has strict penalties which reinforces the requirement for careful decision making by the player. The world is filled with weapons, armor, and items to assist the player as they progress. The game has online features where players can summon each other for help in defeating foes, or invading another player's world with the objective of killing the player.
Dark Souls was well received by critics and is known for its considerable difficulty, which has prompted much interest and discussion.In April 2013, From Software announced Dark Souls had sold more than 2.3 million copies.The PC version was the second most played Games for Windows Live title in 2012 based on unique users. Dark Souls II was announced in December 2012 and will be released in March 2014.