After the bungled announcement of the Dark Souls II beta for PlayStation 3, North American Souls fans could be forgiven for believing developer From Software was more focused on the European market. Today's announcement will do nothing to dispel that notion.
Namco Bandai Europe today announced the details of a special collector's edition available, so far, only in Europe. The Dark Souls II Collector's Edition will include a foot-tall statue of the "Warrior Knight" featured in the art and video previews of the game. It also comes with an art book, a soundtrack, and a cloth map of the game world. The game will come in metal game case.
In addition to the collector's edition, all Dark Souls II pre-orders will be upgraded to the "Black Armor Edition" of the game. That version comes with only the metal case and the extra soundtrack disc.
Along with the collector's edition announcement, Namco Bandai also put out a new trailer for Dark Souls II. Titled "Aching Bones," the video doesn't show off much that hasn't been shown before. Souls fans, however, will appreciate the heavy emphasis on gameplay combat: