Both the Black Armor and Collector’s Edition of Dark Souls 2 will contain redeemable codes that will give players access to some weapons at the very start.
Namco Bandai is pretty certain that these weapons in no way will make the job too easy for players and instead is just a nice way of starting the game. So basically it’s easier but not that easy that it deviates from the Dark Souls iconic difficulty promise.
The original Dark Souls had a nasty habit of throwing players into hostile environments without any sort of support; and from where players had to slowly make their way forward on their own.
Dark Souls 2 is looking forward to providing the same experience and so veterans can just choose to not redeem the weapons at all. Here’s what comes with Dark Souls 2’s Black Armor Weapons Pack:
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 lacklustre 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.
Dark Souls II is set for release for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on March 11. A PC version is said to follow later on April 25.