Bandai Namco has announced that the retail version of Dark Souls II on PC will be delayed by one week in the UK.
Initially, the studio’s eagerly anticipated — and critically acclaimed — sequel was due to launch on April 25th; however, in a statement provided to Joystiq, the Japanese developer attributed the sudden delay to May 2nd down to “manufacturing issues.”
“It will be delayed unfortunately and we apologize to UK customers. This is due to a manufacturing issue with packaging. To confirm, this will only affect the UK boxed launch.”
Crucially, this announcement won’t affect the Steam or digital release of Dark Souls II, which will go ahead as planned on April 25th. It’s also understood the PC version of the game will introduce a horde of adjustable graphical options, including anti-aliasing, motion blur and other technical witchcraft to bring the mystical realm of Drangleic to life like never before.
While the brutally unforgiving RPG has been available across PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for over a month now, PC owners have been forced to wait that little while longer to begin their brutally unforgiving quests. Mind you, considering how poorly the original Dark Souls was ported to PC back in 2012 — what with the game crashing bugs and lacklustre graphics — Bandai Namco will be hoping to redeem its reputation on that particular platform with its follow-up.
Though the retail version of Dark Souls II has been pushed back in the UK, the studio’s notoriously difficult RPG will arrive as planned in other territories on April 25th. Praise the sun!