Dark Souls II Japanese box art, pre-order bonuses
posted on 10.29.13 at 09:56 PM EDT by (@salromano)
From Software giving out different equipment per retailer.

From Software has shared the final Japanese box art and retailer-specific pre-order bonuses for Dark Souls II.

Depending on where you pre-order, you’ll receive a different weapon and shield set. These are your options:

  • Geo – “Dark Flame Stone Dagger” and “Dark Flame Stone Shield”
  • Biccamera, Kojima, Sofmap, Furuhon Ichiba – “Yellow Crystal Long Sword” and “Yellow Crystal Shield”
  • Game Tsutaya, Yamada Denki, Best Denki – “Chained Hand Axe” and “Chained Wood Shield”
  • Yodobashi Camera – “Small Mace” and “Small Timber Shield”
  • Amazon.co.jp – “Criminal Cane” and “Criminal Leather Shield”

View the box art, as well as renders of the pre-order equipment, at the gallery.

Dark Souls II is due out for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on March 11 in North America, March 13 in Japan, and March 14 in Europe. A PC release is also planned.

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  • MrRobbyM

    Japan wins the superior box art contest yet again.

  • 罪罰

    that’s one badass cover, i tell ya

  • bloodiOS

    I love it! Please don’t freaking change it in the Western version like last time.

  • Blizzaja


    • Ryudrake

      This had me snickering loudly in class.

  • MrFinalgamer

    so i only played Demons Souls but i’am interested in this game. how different is it from Demon’s Souls?

    • MrRobbyM

      Gameplay isn’t radically different but the lore is much deeper and the game has a different feel overall.

      • Ryudrake

        The biggest difference between the two games is that Demon’s Souls had faster attacking animations and less recovery so be prepared to feel slightly slower in fights.

  • Sevyne

    Oh they better leave that cover art alone for the Western release. That is seriously badass.

  • ギャビン

    Classy as hell, I wish this was coming to next-gen as well.

    • Audie Bakerson

      It’s already coming to PC and will look better there than on any “next gen” system.

      • ギャビン

        I would still rather have it on PS4 or X1, just for convenience. I don’t own a pc that would be able to do this game justice.

        • Audie Bakerson

          Build one instead of getting either of those then.

        • Red Thunder

          Just get it on the current console you have. There will only be a little difference on next gen and PC, you will just get better AA, 1080p, 60 fps and maybe a little better lighting and shading. Personally I don’t care for graphics so even if there was a big difference I wouldn’t care. 60fps doesn’t feel much different to 30fps either to me.

          For next gen you should either get a PS4 or Xbox one since they will be getting a lot of great exclusives games. Not to mention PC doesn’t get many multiplatform games and most of the ones that do come will come later than the console versions.

  • Aranikasu44

    Really digging the JP box art, I have the EU CE pre ordered and I have played DS II at Eurogamer Expo and really liked how smooth the TGS demo felt

  • Ryudrake

    To be honest, I don’t really like the looks for a lot of these special items. They look either lazy or are modified existing items(The wooden shield in one of them). I wonder if these items have special abilities like the grass shield or interesting stats…