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From Software's got its hands bloody and confirmed that Dark Souls III will be releasing in its native Japan on the 24th March next year. The gloomy role-playing game was originally slated for a vague 'early 2016' launch, so the official date comes as no real surprise.

But what about the title's Western release? According to Gematsu, we should hear something in the near future - and we'd assume that the finalised European and North American dates won't be too far behind Japan's.

What's more, the game's going to be put through some early exercises via network tests that are happening next month. From the 16th to the 18th October, interested demon hunters will be able to try the sequel out for a few hours each day. Of course, the tests are based in Japan, but you can still sign up for them through here. The application process will last until the 4th October, so you've got plenty of time.

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[source darksouls.jp, via www3.darksouls.jp, gematsu.com, gamespot.com]