I'm going to go ahead and confess that I haven't beaten Dark Souls. It's not for lack of trying, mind you. I adored Demon's Souls and happily took on Dark Souls after its release. That said, no matter how much I practice and how hard I try, it just keeps kicking my ass. I'll play and start feeling good about my progress and then hit some point where the game trounces me and I have to take some time off before I start throwing my controller. This has been going on for four years!
My seeming inability to beat the game (someday...) hasn't stopped me from being interested in the franchise though, and in the years following the first game's release, I've watched with eager eyes as other players dove into its sequel and then Bloodborne this past year.
That being the case, you can perhaps understand why I was excited to learn about some recently leaked release details for Dark Souls III. According to information leaked by an online retailer, the series' latest entry will be released on April 12th, 2016. In addition to its standard release, fans will also have the option of purchasing Collector and Prestige editions filled with extra goodies. The Collector Edition will come with a 25-centimeter red knight figurine, a hardcover art book, cloth map, iron-on patches, soundtrack, a metal case and a fancy collector's box. The Prestige Edition, meanwhile, will include all of the Collector's content but will replace the red knight figurine with a 40-centimeter Lord of Cinder figure. It will also come with its own unique collectible box.
Perhaps the biggest difference between the two versions will be the price. According to the prices listed by the online retailer, the Collector Edition will cost 499 AED ($136) while the Prestige game will cost nearly triple that amount with a price tag of 1,799 AED ($490). It should be noted that the retailer this information came from, Geekay Games, is based in the Middle East and that North American and European prices may differ.
The big question this info raises, of course, is which edition you plan to buy. Just speaking personally, while I have a soft spot for fancy figurines like those included in the Collector and Prestige editions, I would be hard-pressed to justify spending this kind of money. Then again, I'm still limping my way through Dark Souls I. I might not be the sort of fan these are targeting.