Most gamers out there are very much aware of Dark Souls' infamous difficulty, so it's most certainly expected to return full force in its highly anticipated sequel, Dark Souls II. Recently, Namco Bandai of America announced that an early access "Black Armor Weapons Pack" voucher will be included within two different Dark Souls II editions being released: Dark Souls II: Black Armor Edition and Dark Souls II: Collector's Edition, to aid players in the early game.
As unforgiving and challenging this game will pose for players, this reward will help characters survive a little bit easier at the beginning of the game. However, only those gamers who grab these editions early can get a decent head start in the game than normally possible. Within this Pack, an additional five different weapons and shields (besides a player's starting gear) will be gifted from the get-go. Let's see exactly what each item in the pack will provide:
The items in the Black Armor Weapons Pack include:
Black Flamestone Dagger and Black Flamestone Parma – A dagger and shield encrusted in Black Flamestone both found in the Gutter at Black Gulch. Even though they are heavier than a normal dagger and shield, the Flamestone crystal’s unique properties make the dagger extremely sharp and give the shield high resistance to damage.
Yellow Quartz Longsword and Yellow Quartz Shield – A straight sword and small shield hardened with yellow quartz both uncovered at the bottom of the Iron Keep. Even though these items can break easily due to their high level of corrosion, they are exceptionally light and their power to inflict damage has not declined.
Bound Hand Axe and Bound Wooden Shield – A brutal hand axe and shield found in the Undead Purgatory. Both items are wrapped in chains and thorns to cause additional bleeding on enemies. Both the axe and shield have diminished in overall slashing power but their ability to deliver pain has been deliberately increased.
Homunculus Mace and Homunculus Wooden Shield – A mace and shield with spherical protrusions found in Aldia’s Keep. Although heavier-than-normal maces and shields, the hard protrusions greatly increase the striking power of the mace as well as the shield’s defensive capabilities.
Transgressor’s Staff and Transgressor’s Leather Shield – A staff and leather shield entwined with an unknown and seemingly lackluster element; these items are found in the Dark Chasm of Old. They have become a catalyst for sorcery and hex and cause an effect known as Darkness.
But that's not all! Along with the "Black Armor Weapons Pack", Dark Souls II: Black Armor Edition will come with a collectable metal case and the full game soundtrack for regular retail price of $60. Dark Souls II: Collector's Edition will come with everything previously mentioned, along with a 12" tall Warrior Knight figure, an exclusive hardbound art book, and a cloth map for twice the price; $120.
Preorders for these two editions will be available as early as March 11th for PS3 and Xbox 360 if interested. While the PC version will launch shortly after these two console versions, we should know soon whether it will receive these same editions. All information regarding the "Black Armor Weapons Pack" and both editions can be found on the official Dark Souls II site.
Note: The standard edition of the game will NOT come with the "Black Armor Weapons Pack", only in these two mentioned editions.