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'The Lost Crowns' DLC trilogy announced for 'Dark Souls II'

Promotion image for the second DLC episode for Dark Souls II.
Promotion image for the second DLC episode for Dark Souls II.
Photo courtesy of Bandai Namco, used with permission

Game publisher Bandai Namco and developer From Software announced Wednesday three episodic downloadable content for "Dark Souls II" for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

Going by the name "The Lost Crowns" trilogy, the newly announced DLC chapters will take "Dark Souls II" players to new areas to explore and new enemies to overcome. With this being "Dark Souls," one would assume these brand new challenges will be anything but a walk in the park. In the first entry in "The Lost Crowns" trilogy, "Crown of the Sunken King," players will go on a quest to retrieve the crowns formerly owned by Drangleic’s King Vendrick. The world of "Crown of the Sunken King" is entirely different from what has been seen in "Dark Souls II," with stepped pyramids featuring a vast underground cavern. As the press release by Bandai Namco states, "Players that seek adversity and glory will be rewarded with a crown that holds the strength of lords from times long past."

"Crown of the Sunken King" will be available in North America on July 22nd, 2014. The second DLC episode, "Crown of the Old Iron King" will be available on August 22nd, 2014. The final DLC, "Crown of the Ivory King," will be available on September 24th, 2014. A season pass for "The Lost Crowns" DLC trilogy will be available via Steam. Each DLC episode will cost $9,99, while the season pass will go on sale for $24.99.

Chris Gilbert, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Games America, had this to say about "The Lost Crowns" DLC trilogy for "Dark Souls II."

To say we are excited to unleash these three new chapters to Dark Souls II fans is an understatement. Bandai Namco Games is very proud of the universal praise and enjoyment fans have both given and received from Dark Souls II. The Lost Crowns trilogy and more specifically the Crown of the Sunken King will kick-off what will surely be an exciting summer of speculation and anticipation of the new battles, challenges, and triumphs to come amongst our most ardent fans.

Back in December of 2013, From Software's Takeshi Miyazoe said there were no plans for any "Dark Souls II" DLC, as they company wanted to "deliver a full game, the full experience, to fans who purchase the package from day one." However, Miyazoe stepped back from his previous statement in January of this year, saying there's potential for DLC in "Dark Souls II" and that it depends on feedback from fans.