Dark Souls 2 is still coming to UK PCs on April 25th via digital platforms, don’t worry on that front PC gamers. However on the side of the retail release, From Software’s latest title in the Souls series will see a delay of a week. Bandai Namco confirmed this to Joystiq saying “It will be delayed unfortunately and we apologize to UK customers” and that “This is due to a manufacturing issue with packaging. To confirm, this will only affect the UK boxed launch.”
For the majority of PC gamers in the UK this isn’t going to stop them unsheathing their swords and doing battle with innumerable amounts of insidious nasties on April 25th. PC sections in most larger games retailers around the UK are generally packed with bargain bin games and a few choice titles in part due to the rise of digital platforms such as Steam and Origin. For the minority of PC gamers who still want to get a shiny new box to add to their collections though this does pose a predicament. Do they bite the bullet and buy digital or take the hit by waiting until May 2nd to pick up Dark Souls 2.
It’s an issue which is unlikely to affect sales greatly when it comes to the core PC gaming audience who will already have their Steam preorders raring to go but will still cost Bandai Namco and From Software sales from a few other part of the market. Those who buy games as gifts for their children or friends may not even know its out on PC. Then there’s trade in sales to consider. Every day people gather together those games they don’t want and ferry them into stores to sell, if they don’t see a game on a shelf then they’re unlikely to consider purchasing it.
Dark Souls 2 is currently already available on Xbox 360 and PS3 in all territories and comes to PC via Steam on April 25th