On March 31, Dark Souls gamers will say goodbye to a legend

Sunday, March 31st will be a somber day for Dark Souls fans, as it marks the shutdown of the Dark Souls 2 servers for the PS3 and Xbox 360 (the game’s original two platforms). FromSoftware’s Dark Souls trilogy has garnered widespread acclaim among gamers and popularized the Soulslike genre that persists to this day. Among them, Dark Souls 2 stands out as a beloved installment.

Dark Souls 2 was not directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, the mind behind the original game and Dark Souls 3. Instead, the legendary director only supervised Dark Souls 2. The game featured significant differences compared to the original Dark Souls titles, paving the way for the evolution seen in Dark Souls 3 and subsequent Soulslike games.

Regardless of varied opinions on Dark Souls 2, March 31st will still mark the end of an era for the game. On that day, FromSoftware will shut down the Dark Souls 2 servers for PS3 and Xbox 360, the game’s initial platforms. This will effectively prevent PS3 and Xbox 360 users from experiencing Dark Souls 2’s PvP and co-op modes, although the offline mode will still be available.

The good news is that fans of Dark Souls 2 can still access the game on other platforms through the Scholar of the First Sin edition. Released about a year after the original Dark Souls 2, Scholar of the First Sin brought the game to PS4 and Xbox One. This version of Dark Souls 2 still maintains its online servers, allowing players to utilize its online features.

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