With April 12 firmly within sight, some restless Souls fans have bought the international version of Dark Souls 3, and are already working their way through the cursed realms as we speak. Developer Bandai Namco have since acknowledged this, and publicly warn players against delving into the gothic action RPG ahead of the official launch (via. Polygon).
The company claim the game is “incomplete“, as multiplayer is disabled, with “further optimization of the game” coming in a day-one patch on April 12.
Online workarounds mean the Japanese PS4 and the Xbox One English-language Xbox One versions can be bought, but only if you’re willing to sacrifice some of the quality of the official release.
According to Polygon, early testing of Dark Souls 3 found that the game suffers some frame rate and pacing issues; something that will hopefully be patched on launch day. Dark Souls 3 is set for official release on April 12 in North America and Europe, available across Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.
The statement given by Bandai Namco can be read below (via Hard Core Gamer).
“BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. is very thankful to see so much interest for Dark Souls III on the week of its Japanese launch. We are aware that some fans in Western countries are currently able to download the international version of the game.
“We would like to take this opportunity to inform Dark Souls III fans that any gameplay they may experience prior to the official April 12th release date for the game will not be complete. The international version of the game currently does not have its multiplayer capabilities activated, nor does it include the contents of a planned day-one patch that will deliver further optimization of the game. Players will be able to download the day-one patch on April 12th, the official international release date for Dark Souls III.”