The story of Dark Souls 2's 'The Lost Crowns' DLC couldn't be more suited to the franchise. Developer From Software started off by saying there wouldn't be any DLC, giving players a nice sense of security. Then, the studio backpedaled, hinting that DLC could happen, depending on fan feedback. And now, the DLC has jumped from the shadows to crush players not once, but three times in what Namco is calling a "DLC trilogy" slated for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

All told, players will be able to download three new chapters by the end of the summer and, yes, Namco is selling a season pass – starting today on Steam (and on PSN in Europe). The Lost Crowns will see players "on a journey to reclaim the crowns that Drangleic's King Vendrick once owned." The first chapter, "Crown of the Sunken King," drops on July 22, taking place in "an entirely different world within the Dark Souls 2 universe, where stepped pyramids span a vast underground cavern."

Crown of the Sunken King will be followed by "Crown of the Old Iron King" on August 26 and "Crown of the Ivory King" on September 24. Separately, each chapter will run $10, while the $25 season pass will grant access to all three chapters as they are released.
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NEW CHALLENGES AWAIT AS DARK SOULS II IS BESTOWED ADDITIONAL CHAPTERS WITH THE LOST CROWNS DLC TRILOGY




- The Lost Crowns trilogy's Season pass available today for purchase on
Steam and PlayStation®Network -


PARIS, FRANCE – June 4, 2014 – BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe S.A.S and FromSoftware today announced the impending arrival of three new DLC chapters to the critically acclaimed DARK SOULS II for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PC. These three new DLC chapters known as The Lost Crowns trilogy will take DARK SOULS II fans through entirely original areas to face a slew of unknown enemies, overcome diabolic challenges, and take-on fearsome bosses. Crown of the Sunken King, the first chapter in this DLC trilogy, will be available in Europe and Australasia on July, 22, 2014 for PC and Xbox/July 23 for PlayStation®3, followed with the DLC launches of Crown of the Old Iron King on August 26, 2014 for PC and Xbox/ August 27 for PlayStation®3 and Crown of the Ivory King on September 23, 2014 for PC and Xbox/ September 24 for PlayStation®3. A Season Pass program is also available for the entire The Lost Crowns trilogy via Steam for PC and PlayStation®Network for PS3TM from today.



Crown of the Sunken King, the first chapter in the trilogy, sends players on a journey to reclaim the crowns that Drangleic's King Vendrick once owned. Crown of the Sunken King features an entirely different world within the DARK SOULS II universe, where stepped pyramids span a vast underground cavern. It is said that one of the ancient crowns lay buried deep within these dark caverns; but surely such a valued item cannot sit unguarded. Players that seek adversity and glory will be rewarded with a crown that holds the strength of lords from times long past.


"We are pleased to offer this new Dark Souls experience with The Lost Crowns trilogy to players seeking for more challenges!" said Herve Hoerdt, Vice President of IP Strategy, Marketing & PR at BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe. "With this Season Pass, Bandai Namco Games is pleased to extend the Dark Souls experience over this summer!"

DARK SOULS II is the critically acclaimed and punishing sequel to 2011's hit Dark Souls. The game has been lauded by critics and fans alike to be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences in videogame history. Having earned a 92 Metacritic score for the Xbox 360 as well as 91 Metacritic scores for the PlayStation®3 system and PC versions of DARK SOULS II; The Lost Crowns trilogy will present a new assortment of creatively designed challenges and organic storytelling that will give players the sense of achievement and emotional gratification the franchise has become famous for.


DARK SOULS II is available in Europe and Australasia for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC. For more information on DARK SOULS II please visit http://www.darksoulsii.com and http://www.facebook.com/darksouls. To learn more about BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe other products go to: www.BandaiNamcoGames.eu.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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