Dark Souls 2 producer discusses PC version and possibility of world events

Dark Souls 2 launched on Xbox 360 and PS3 earlier this week, to the excitement of many within the Shacknews community. Producer Tak Miyazoe recently spoke out about various aspects of the game, including answering some of Chatty's questions about the game's difficulty, online system, and the upcoming PC version.

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Dark Souls 2 launched on Xbox 360 and PS3 earlier this week, to the excitement of many within the Shacknews community. To help commemorate the launch, producer Tak Miyazoe recently spoke out about various aspects of the game, including answering some of Chatty's questions about the game's difficulty, online system, and the upcoming PC version.

Miyazoe emphasizes that the development team had Dark Souls 2's PC version in mind from the beginning, designing it to be a good Dark Souls experience across all platforms.

"We apologize for the delay, but we did spend time working on the PC version, making sure that we do attend to higher resolutions, higher framerates, and also keyboard mapping most controls," Miyazoe told GamerHub TV.

Miyazoe also adds that Dark Souls 2's server-based system for online play leaves open the possibility for world events. However, the development has not planned those out at this time, first wanting players to enjoy the online system as it is currently constituted.

"One of the main reasons why we wanted to re-visit the game server system was for that added level of role-playing in the online world, itself," Miyazoe added. "The Covenants have been improved. The new game servers, based on the beta we had last year, we noticed that there's a lot of online activity, a lot of players leaving blood messages, a lot of ghosts being seen. It obviously adds a new level to the online system itself."

Dark Souls 2 will hit PC on April 25.

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    March 12, 2014 12:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Dark Souls 2 producer discusses PC version and possibility of world events.

    Dark Souls 2 launched on Xbox 360 and PS3 earlier this week, to the excitement of many within the Shacknews community. Producer Tak Miyazoe recently spoke out about various aspects of the game, including answering some of Chatty's questions about the game's difficulty, online system, and the upcoming PC version.

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      March 12, 2014 12:09 PM

      That's comforting, hearing about the PC. I bought the first one for PC last night and spent a longer time getting it ready to play than actually playing it.

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      March 12, 2014 12:33 PM

      Who was interviewing him? Was that you, Ozz-man?

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        March 12, 2014 12:33 PM

        Also hearing "Shacknews user OhSnapHighFive asks..." etc on a video interview made me chuckle

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          March 12, 2014 12:52 PM

          Hearing usernames in a video sounds weird (even though I hear it during games themselves). Would've been funny if they emphasized the words, like "Oh Snap! High five asks..."

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          March 12, 2014 12:57 PM

          It made me really wish FirstPersonCooter had asked a question.

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          March 12, 2014 1:03 PM

          Paaaaaaaancake Humper asks...

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            March 13, 2014 1:33 AM

            Wasn't Pancake Humper name called out in an old spice vid? Remember laughing at the time.

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        March 12, 2014 12:36 PM

        That was not me, but one of our GamerHub TV friends kind enough to do us a solid.

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          March 12, 2014 12:56 PM

          Also known as, 'The one who asks.'

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          March 12, 2014 3:25 PM

          That was nice of them.

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          March 13, 2014 12:44 AM

          Here's to good friends. Tonight is kind of special.

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      March 12, 2014 12:50 PM

      Whenever a developer says this I never believe them.

      Miyazoe emphasizes that the development team had Dark Souls 2's PC version in mind from the beginning, designing it to be a good Dark Souls experience across all platforms.

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        March 12, 2014 12:54 PM

        I can believe it - like if the dev studio wants to do a pc version, but the publisher won't fund it until the console version is done or even launched and reaches some measure of success. Doesn't mean the dev wouldn't at least build out assets that can be used on the pc. Might take a bit more time to build stuff, but better to take that cost up front and not have to rebuild stuff again later just for the pc.

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        March 12, 2014 12:58 PM

        It means they used PCs to write code on.

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          March 12, 2014 1:13 PM

          I thought all game programming was done like the hacking in Swordfish these days. On consoles, obviously.

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      March 12, 2014 12:56 PM

      I really like these videos lately where the devs get asked questions explicitly from the Chatty. These are a really good direction for things around here.

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        March 12, 2014 12:57 PM

        I'm annoyed they didn't use my questions that I didn't ask, about a game I have no interest in. HARRUMPH!

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      March 13, 2014 11:57 PM

      I wonder will they ever fix Dark Souls 1 that it doesn't use that abomination of a drm called GFWL.

      It will be fun in a few months when Dark Souls can't even be played anymore.

      I suppose this sequel uses Steam drm?

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