Namco Bandai Details Release for Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin; Reveals System Specifications, Pricing, and More

on March 28, 2015 3:18 PM

As many gamers this past week have been jumping into the dark, twisted world of From Software’s latest creation Bloodborne on PS4, others next month will be able to hop into the world of Dark Souls II, whether it’s again or for the first time, with the game’s upcoming re-release, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin.

In a post on the publisher’s Tumblr page, Bandai Namco revealed a slew of new information about Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, specifically giving details on the release plan for Scholar of the First Sin, pricing, and the system specifications for the PC version.

Bandai Namco detailed that Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin will release on April 1st, 2015 coming to PC through Steam first, followed by release on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360 on April 7th, 2015. Pricing-wise, the game will retail for $59.99 on PS4 and Xbox One, while the PC pricing structure is slightly more complicated.

More specifically, Bandai Namco detailed four different prices for the PC version of the game that will depend heavily on your computer’s support of DirectX, as two versions of the game will be released featuring support for either DirectX 9 or DirectX 11.

Each version will have its own separate Steam store listing, and pricing for the PC version will depend on either your preferred DirectX version and which DLC you have owned if upgrading from the previous PC release of Dark Souls II. The tiered pricing structure for the game’s release on Steam will be:

  • Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (DirectX9): $39.99
  • Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (DirectX11): $49.99
  • DirectX11 Upgrade price for existing owners of Dark Souls II on Steam: $29.99
  • DirectX11 Upgrade price for existing owners of Dark Souls II and all DLC on Steam: $19.99

So in breaking it down, the game will either be $39.99 or $49.99 if buying it for the first time (DirectX 9 or DirectX 11), or it will be $29.99/$19.99 if you are upgrading the game from the previous Steam release, and if you purchased the game’s previous DLC.

As another major note, Bandai Namco also released the minimum/recommended specifications for both the DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 versions of the PC release, which you can view below:

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (DirectX9)

Minimum System Requirements:

OS: Windows Vista SP2 / Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8
CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 555 3.2GHz / Intel Pentium Core 2 Duo E8500 3.17GHz
Memory: 2GB RAM
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9600GT / ATI Radeon HD5870
DirectX: 9.0c
Network: Broadband Internet Connection
Hard Drive: 12GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX9 sound device
Additional Notes: Controller support: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for Windows (or equivalent) recommended

Recommended Specifications:

OS: Windows 7 SP1 / Windows 8
CPU: Intel Core i3 2100 3.10GHz / AMD A8 3870K 3.0GHz
Memory: 4GB RAM
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 / ATI Radeon HD 6870 or better
DirectX: 9.0c
Network: Broadband Internet Connection
Hard Drive: 15GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX9 sound device
Additional Notes: Controller support: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for Windows (or equivalent) recommended

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (DirectX11)

Minimum System Requirements:

OS: Windows 7 SP1 64bit / Windows 8.1 64bit
CPU: Intel Core i3 2100 3.1GHz / AMD A8 3870 3.6GHz
Memory: 4GB RAM
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465 / ATI Radeon HD 6870
DirectX: 11
Network: Broadband Internet Connection
Hard Drive: 23GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX11 sound device
Additional Notes: Controller support: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for Windows (or equivalent) recommended

Recommended Specifications:

OS: Windows 7 SP1 64bit / Windows 8.1 64bit
CPU: Intel Core i7 2600 3.4GHz / AMD FX 8150 3.6GHz or better
Memory: 8GB RAM or better
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 (700 series) or better / ATI Radeon HD 7850 (7000 series) or better
DirectX: 11
Network: Broadband Internet Connection
Hard Drive: 23GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX11 sound device
Additional Notes: Controller support: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for Windows (or equivalent) recommended

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin will release for PC on April 1st, 2015, while the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game will release after on April 7th, 2015.

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Ryan is the Features Editor at DualShockers, with over five years' experience in the world of video games culture and writing. He holds a BA in English & Cinema from Binghamton University, and lives in New York City.