The PS4's power brings Majula to life

Although the masochistic action RPG may not appeal to all, Dark Souls II was a commendable success met with critical acclaim earlier this year, and we were among those who adored its rewarding yet tough gameplay and immersive world. There were some graphical and performance issues on the PlayStation 3 version, though, and we don't believe that we're the only ones who secretly wished that we could've kindled bonfires on the PlayStation 4 as well. However, it appears that From Software has heard our souls crying out for more. Despite prior comments, the game will come to both of Sony's consoles as Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin in 2015.

Think of it as the 'Game of the Year' edition of Dark Souls II, because the PS4 version will come packaged with all three of its robust DLC missions and put the console to the test with "updated visuals, rebalanced gameplay, a higher maximum number of players for online play, new and deadlier enemies, a brand new NPC to discover, expanded lore, and new in-game events". But do not fret, the PS3 edition will receive the majority of these upgrades and goodies, too, and for those who already purchased the vanilla game, a large update will be sent out that adds on "the additional NPC, expanded story, in-game events, as well as improved gameplay balance and online matchmaking functionality."

And this bottomless pit looks...well, even more terrifying.

The release date may dampen your flames of excitement a bit, since it's scheduled to launch next year on 7th April in North America, but players will be able to wield their swords and shields with the PS3 edition during the PlayStation Experience event in Las Vegas, which we will be covering every step of the way.

Will you consider this as the quintessential jumping-on point to join the Dark Souls bandwagon, or are you simply not interested in the death-filled series? Perhaps all you care about is the PS4 exclusive Bloodborne right now? Either way, check out the announcement trailer below, go with sword and shield into the comments section, and let us hear your thoughts.