Dark Souls 2 is to be launched on 14 March next year in Europe, a few days after its North American release on 11 March.
The follow up to 2011's punishing action fantasy title will be released on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 with a PC version to follow closely afterwards, although no PC release date has been confirmed.
Developer From Software intends to release the PC version 'in the same window' according to game director Yui Tanimura talking to Eurogamer
, but they are currently working out which options they will allow players to have in order to customise the specifications and work out how to best optimise the PC version.
The game's release was announced at the Tokyo Game Show. The announcement did not make any mention of the game being released on next generation consoles at all but the developers have not ruled out the possibility of the title being ported over at a later date.
A closed beta for Dark Souls 2 is starting up on 12 October. It is still possible to sign up for the beta on the Playstation 3 over on the Playstation Network site.
The original Dark Souls, which was itself a follow up to Demon's Souls released in 2009, received an overwhelmingly positive critical reception and enthralled players with its challenging-but-fair difficulty curve.