Upcoming Dark Souls II Patch to Lay the Foundation for Scholar of the First Sin

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Coming up on February 5th, well ahead of the April 7th retail release of Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin on PS4 and Xbox One as well as all original platforms, Bandai Namco will issue a free patch introducing a wealth of new game content and augmentations for existing Dark Souls II players on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. Those upgrades are outlined below.

Brand new NPC
•The Scholar of the First Sin character appears throughout the game and will reveal a new path through the DARK SOULS II universe. What will this mysterious new character reveal to players?

Expanded item descriptions
•Many items contain expanded descriptions to help deepen the lore in the DARK SOULS II universe.

New items
•Players will gain access to a new item: the Agape Ring. When players equip the new Agape Ring, souls collected from kills during online play will be absorbed by the ring rather than the player. This allows players to control their online matchmaking experience by limiting their total souls collected.

Online matching improvements
•The bonfire warp selection screen will now highlight the top three areas where players will have the best chance to connect with other players online.
•White phantoms will remain in other players’ worlds for longer periods of time. Also, white phantoms will no longer return to their world if time runs out during a boss battle.
•Other improvements to the matchmaking system will help players connect and enjoy DARK SOULS II online.

New enemy behavior
•The Imitation spell now affects normal enemies.

Covenant of Champions
•Choosing to enter the Covenant of Champions will now allow enemies to continue to respawn after being defeated.

In addition to everything listed above, the PS4, Xbox One, and DX 11 PC versions will benefit from exclusive features like improved graphics and engine performance, expanded multiplayer to allow for up to 6 players, and new enemy placements, among other gameplay enhancements.

Click your way through the updated screenshot gallery below for a sneak peek at the new content.

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