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Dark Souls 2 PS3 beta test delayed in North and South America

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The Dark Souls 2 stress test on PlayStation 3 scheduled to begin early this morning was delayed for North and South American players, according to Namco Bandai America's official twitter account.

Players reportedly had issues logging onto severs, at which point Namco Bandai began investigating the issue. After discovering players in both regions would be unable to participate, Namco promised to reschedule the test.

"We thoroughly apologize for all the confusion and issues," the tweet reads. "We will be rescheduling the Network Test for another date.

"We know this is quite disheartening and we thank everyone for their enthusiasm. Everyone who was in this test will be allowed in for the next Dark Souls 2 PS3 Network Test. Your spot is secure."

According to Namco, the client players downloaded previously will still be compatible; only a new patch will be required.

Namco announced the worldwide server test last week. The three-hour beta was intended to stress test online servers; codes for North American and South American servers were distributed Oct. 24.

Dark Souls 2 is slated for launch in March 2014 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.

Update: From Software announced on Twitter that a fourth network test for Dark Souls 2 will take place on Nov. 10 at 4 pm JST / 2 am ET.