Following a series of server issues, the Dark Souls II beta for Playstation 3 has been rescheduled by Namco Bandai. The testing window, which was originally set to open for eager fans on October 29th, will now go live two weeks later on November 9th. The announcement was made through the developer’s Facebook page, which reaffirmed that the network test will begin at 11 p.m. PDT/ 2 a.m. ET on November 9th and run through 2 a.m. PDT/ 5 a.m. ET on November 10th.
Namco Bandai also apologised to yearning adventurers over on its Twitter account:
“We thoroughly apologize for all of the confusion and issues. We will be rescheduling the Network Test for another date. Everyone who was in this test will be allowed in for the next Dark Souls II PS3 Network Test. Your spot is secure.”
Problems began over the weekend when users reported that they were unable to connect or indeed login to the game’s servers. It’s worth noting, though, that these technical problems primarily afflicted North and South American players, with European fans experiencing no hiccups during their playtime. With that said, it’s unclear whether EU gamers will qualify to re-enter the invite-only beta test on November 9th.
Though it’s rather worrying that Dark Souls II has run into problems at this stage, one of the key objectives of a beta test is to iron out some of these premature issues. Furthermore, the fact that Namco Bandai has reserved spaces for those who initially registered for the testing should allay any further issues for American users.
In conclusion, the developer also confirmed that there are still spaces available in the beta for more players to try out the game ahead of time. Either way, Dark Souls II is slated to release on March 11, 2014 in North America (March 14, 2014 for Europe).
Tell us, did you experience any of these issues with the network test? If so, give us your impressions in the comments below.