Taking place in the world of Drangleic, the game features both player versus environment (PvE) and player versus player (PvP) play, in addition to having some co-op components. As in the earlier games in the series, it once again features challenging gameplay, but with a more powerful graphics engine and more advanced AI system.
After some initial delays, the game had its official launch in North America on March 11, 2014, with the PC release launching on April 24, 2014.
An updated version of the game, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, was released in April 2015. The title is a compilation of the original game and its downloadable content and patches, and also encompasses a remastered port of the game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC with changes to the game’s layout, upgraded graphics, and expanded online multiplayer capacity.