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From Software responds to Dark Souls II graphics concerns

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Dark Souls II isn’t about the graphics – can we just agree on that? Of course, graphics are still important, and gamers were rather displeased when rumors circulated about the game getting a graphical downgrade. Well, From Software has an answer for you.

Speaking to MCV, From Software explained:

Throughout the game development process, a game is constantly being balanced not only in game playability, but also in the realm of resource management.

A developer is always challenged with creating the most rewarding gaming experience while delivering continuity in graphical quality, gameplay dynamics, and balance within the game. The final version of Dark Souls II displays the culmination of this delicate balance and we’re very proud of the positive media and fan reception for the game.

I think this is part of the problem we have now that aspects of games are revealed earlier and earlier. The reality is that games go through various stages, with a range of design choices changing throughout. In speaking with developers, I will often hear about sound effects that are removed or unnecessary, or visual assets that are way laid for various reasons. It’s not to say that a game is downgraded, but simply that certain design choices are made throughout the development process.

Remember, Dark Souls II has only been released on last generation consoles. We have gotten so used to seeing new generation games, I think we’ve already forgotten about the limited resources on the PS3 and Xbox 360. The PC version launches next month, and perhaps we’ll see the return of some of those awesome textures and extra effects.

All that said, Dark Souls II is still a very impressive game. The gameplay is very well executed, with some excellent visuals and consistent frame rates. Sure, there are graphical glitches and specific design issues, but on the whole it is still a fantastic game, giving fans of the series exactly what they wanted.

Last Updated: March 20, 2014

21 Comments

  1. PikeyZA

    March 20, 2014 at 14:09

    Between this and The Division, I shall be a very busy lad!
    Can’t wait for release, regardless of if the graphics are the ‘downgraded’ones we’ve seen.

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  2. Admiral Chief of comments

    March 20, 2014 at 14:10

    As longs as there is not downgraded controls!

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    • Jedi JJ

      March 20, 2014 at 14:14

      I hate it so much when they do that.

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  3. Rince

    March 20, 2014 at 14:11

    Man I still need to get this! Way too many games for me, so… Sorry next gen consoles, you are all gonna be waiting 😉

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  4. Hondsepop

    March 20, 2014 at 14:26

    Being playing Dark Souls (for the first time) the last couple of weeks on PS3. Is it normal to play this game together with the Dark Souls wiki tips & walkthrough open on the laptop by my side.

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    • Mel

      March 20, 2014 at 14:35

      The game is hard for several reasons, including the fact that there is no guidance. Some people enjoy getting murdered all the time AND going down the wrong routes for hours before realizing their mistake.

      Personally, I don’t want to miss anything. The game’s combat is hard enough, so I play with a guide handy for 2 reasons: 1. Finding all the hidden stuff. 2. Not ending up in the wrong zone.

      However, this does not mean I read and follow step by step. I read the whole section before I start an area, and then go for it, just keeping mental notes of stuff I need to find.

      Fantastic game!

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      • Hondsepop

        March 20, 2014 at 14:40

        Fantastic game indeed, pity I only picked it up now. The satisfaction after beating a boss (mainly why I keep the wiki open) is just unbelievable.

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  5. Mel

    March 20, 2014 at 14:30

    I’ve been playing the snot out of this…. Bad graphics didn’t come to mind once, the game is fantastic.. People are bored…

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    • Rince

      March 20, 2014 at 14:33

      Have you tried MP yet? Hear it is amazing too.

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      • Her Highness the Hipster

        March 20, 2014 at 14:33

        it is – it’s fantastic! seriously well done

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        • Rince

          March 20, 2014 at 14:34

          Ohhhh, get a video up if you can? Preferable with Darryn crying! 😉

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      • Mel

        March 20, 2014 at 14:36

        Not much PVP yet, but co-op plenty. It works really well!

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        • Rince

          March 20, 2014 at 14:37

          Awesome, that’s actually what I meant. Not really into PVP, wanted to know if OVG would enjoy co-op, need a new co-op game!

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          • Mel

            March 20, 2014 at 14:44

            I’m just not sure how to group with a friend. You’ll probably have to agree on a specific place to drop the summon sign or something… And progress is only recorded for the player that summoned the rest as far as I know, but still awesome fun.

  6. VampyreSquirrel

    March 20, 2014 at 14:43

    I… have no input on this sadly 🙁

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  7. fred

    March 20, 2014 at 14:49

    Yip , only thing i’m playing at the moment , it is just bloody great.
    Got Second Son today , that will have to wait , i have souls to gather .

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    • Mel

      March 20, 2014 at 15:20

      Yeah, I also got my copy of Second Son this morning, but that will have to wait until I’m done with DS2… Not that you’re ever done with a souls game, but you know what I mean 🙂

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  8. Brenz

    March 20, 2014 at 14:55

    Still looks good to me from the videos ive seen.
    haters gonna hate….

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  9. Time is of the essence

    March 20, 2014 at 23:27

    They responded…with a diversion to the question.
    They did not openly address the pictures that were displayed prior to release.

    They’re being very careful not to back themselves into a corner and possibly risk a lawsuit.

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  10. dice roll

    March 21, 2014 at 07:24

    Translation from PR – ” You’re going to buy it anyway, so we don’t give a damn”.

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  11. El Capitan del Blade

    March 24, 2014 at 09:28

    I think this is a job for this video: http://youtu.be/5oK8UTRgvJU

    Just watch it…

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