Namco announces the Black Armor Weapons Pack for Dark Souls 2 and pisses off community


Oh uh, Namco has gone and done it. What have they done you ask? They’ve upset the fans of the Soul Series by offering weapons as part of a preorder for their upcoming Dark Souls 2. As many of you know, finding weapons and armors is part of the challenge and charm of the Soul Series so the fact that they are basically handing you free loot just for preordering isn’t rubbing the right way with most of the fans as seen on Namco’s Facebook page. Keep in mind that these are the very same weapons that can be found in the game as well but would be given to players at the start.

As a huge fan of the series I know I’ll like toss the codes or use them to kindle my bonfire.


But atlas we’re here to report on what Namco is offering so here we go.

All Black Armor Editions and Collector’s Editions of Dark Souls II will include a voucher for early access to the Black Armor Weapons Pack that gives early access to 5 weapon and shield sets. The Black Armor Edition is a FREE upgrade and includes a collectible metal case and game soundtrack! There are still Black Armor Editions and Collector’s Editions available at the following links: 

Pre-ordering from Club Namco will get you an exclusive Dark Souls II T-shirt as well!
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The Black Armor Weapons Pack includes the following items: 

  • Black Flamestone Dagger and Black Flamestone Parma – A dagger and shield encrusted in Black Flamestone both found in the Gutter at Black Gulch. Even though they are heavier than a normal dagger and shield, the Flamestone crystal’s unique properties make the dagger extremely sharp and give the shield high resistance to damage. 
  • Yellow Quartz Longsword and Yellow Quartz Shield – A straight sword and small shield hardened with yellow quartz both uncovered at the bottom of the Iron Keep. Even though these items can break easily due to their high level of corrosion, they are exceptionally light and their power to inflict damage has not declined. 
  • Bound Hand Axe and Bound Wooden Shield – A brutal hand axe and shield found in the Undead Purgatory. Both items are wrapped in chains and thorns to cause additional bleeding on enemies. Both the axe and shield have diminished in overall slashing power but their ability to deliver pain has been deliberately increased. 
  • Homunculus Mace and Homunculus Wooden Shield – A mace and shield with spherical protrusions found in Aldia’s Keep. Although heavier-than-normal maces and shields, the hard protrusions greatly increase the striking power of the mace as well as the shield’s defensive capabilities. Transgressor’s Staff and Transgressor’s Leather Shield – A staff and leather shield entwined with an unknown and seemingly lackluster element; these items are found in the Dark Chasm of Old. They have become a catalyst for sorcery and hex and cause an effect known as Darkness.

Are you a fan of the Soul Series and if so, do you feel this cheapens the experience? How do you feel about this?

Dark Souls 2 launches on March 11th for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, though there isn’t a set release date for the PC version as of yet.

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