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Dark Souls 3 launches next March in Japan

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Dark Souls 3, the next game in From Software's challenging action franchise, will arrive in Japan on March 24, 2016.

According to the official Japanese Dark Souls page, the PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One game will be available in both standard and collector's editions. The special edition will come at a higher price point and include a CD and what appears to be a map and art book.

Dark Souls 3 follows this year's well-received Bloodborne as From Software's latest. We spoke to studio president Hidetaka Miyazaki about the game at Gamescom last month, where he promised that the game will preserve the series' mysterious storyline and difficult gameplay. However, Miyazaki also made sure to mention that it will shake up the franchise and surprise gamers in ways that perhaps Dark Souls 2 did not.

We also got the chance to go hands-on with the game at a separate preview event. American gamers will have to check out our impressions to tide themselves over until publisher Bandai Namco announces Dark Souls 3's stateside release date.