Dark Souls May Come to PC if Demand is High

CG artwork of a Black Knight. (Dark Souls, Namco-Bandai)

While there are currently no plans to release Dark Souls on the PC platform, a topic on the subject resurfaced on the European Namco-Bandai forums which has given gamers new hope for a possible PC release in the future. Namco-Bandai’s forum administrator Shoupinou made a few statements regarding a possible PC adaptation.

“There is always possibilities to have games adapted on PC and the good news is that Dark Souls is not a 100% typical Console game so the adaptation is possible.

Now to make things happen, let’s say the demand has to be properly done. someone to make a successful petition?”

Shoupinou adds that Namco has not taken a stance one way or another regarding a PC release, but they are gauging the response from players and the market. If the voice is loud enough, a PC version is a possibility.

Following this statement, there has been an enormous response from Dark Souls fans and PC gamers alike. A petition has been created, and within 10 hours has exceeded 15,000 signatures (it was at 17,000 signatures at the time of this writing). You can sign that petition here. Communities on Neogaf, Reddit, and Youtube have discussed the matter at great length since the news broke.

Taking on a Belfry Gargoyle. (Dark Souls, Namco-Bandai)

With millions of gamers devoting their time to MMORPGs, and with the success of titles like Skyrim, The Witcher 2 and Dragon Age, it’s safe to say that RPGs have a very strong presence in the PC world. Dark Souls, with its methodical melee combat, brutal difficulty, and co-op and PvP capabilities would compliment a PC gamer’s RPG library wonderfully.

There are millions of concurrent users on digital distribution platforms such as Steam, making a PC release of Dark Souls a viable venture. What’s more, online digital distribution is a very long-term and profitable market; the game, distributed digitally, costs Namco-Bandai almost nothing to release, and will continue to make a profit even when the game is discounted months down the line. This doesn’t apply to the physical console versions of the game, because the only way players will be able to purchase the game months after the initial release is as a used copy; sales of which Namco-Bandai make no profit from.

The prospect of modding the game would add plenty of replay value to the PC version, and on a respectable PC rig, the game would look fantastic (not that it doesn’t already look good). Heck, just playing through Blighttown at a solid 60 frames-per-second would make a PC release worthwhile.

Sure, From Software and Namco-Bandai may need to tweak the game to accommodate (or exclude) modded characters for the multiplayer elements. They may also want consider re-working the controls to accommodate a keyboard and mouse (since PC gamers can be a stubborn lot). But it seems that there is a great desire from PC gamers and Dark Souls fans for a PC release of the game. We can only wait and see how Namco-Bandai responds to the outcry.

Again, if you are interested in seeing Dark Souls on the PC, check out (and maybe even sign) the petition here. You can also visit the original thread on the Namco-Bandai message boards here.

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