×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Dark Souls Remastered’ Gets Network Test on Switch This Weekend

Fans of From Software’s brutal action-RPG “Dark Souls” will finally get a chance to play the remastered version on Nintendo Switch this weekend.

“Dark Souls Remastered” on Switch originally had a network test planned for April and was scheduled to launch during the summer. But, publisher Bandai Namco delayed it to “give the development team the time needed to make sure Nintendo Switch players can fully appreciate the true ‘Dark Souls’ experience anytime and anywhere, thanks to the unique portable nature of the Nintendo Switch console.” The network test was also pushed back as a result. Now, the game is scheduled to launch on Switch on Oct. 19. The PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One versions all released on May 25.

Anyone interested in participating in the network test can download the client starting today on the Nintendo eShop. It begins Friday and lasts throughout the weekend. It takes place in the Undead Parish area and players will have access to both single-player and multiplayer content. But, there are some caveats. A Nintendo Switch Online membership is required and save data from the test won’t carry over to the full version at launch.

The full “Dark Souls Remastered” Network Test schedule is below:

Friday, 9/21 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. PDT
Saturday, 9/22 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. PDT
Sunday, 9/23 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. PDT

“Dark Souls Remastered” is the first Soulsborne game to come to a Nintendo console. The port costs $40 and includes the full game plus the Artorias of the Abyss DLC, along with improved framerates and resolution.

“’Dark Souls: Remastered’ delivers the same great gameplay, online mechanics, and environmental storytelling that has inspired countless game players and developers,” said Kasumi Yogi, associate brand manager for Bandai Namco. “We are excited to watch the thriving ‘Dark Souls’ community grow and support new players experiencing the title for the first time.”

More Gaming

  • Devil May CryThe Game Awards, Show,

    Voice Actors and Game Devs: The Game Awards Red Carpet (Watch)

    The Game Awards took over online streaming earlier this month in a three-hour celebration of video games — and advertising, game preview spectacular — that was watched by more than 26 million people. But before that streamfest, there was the red carpet. While most Hollywood red carpets are packed with cinema celebrities, the Game Awards [...]

  • Losing Steam: A By-the-Numbers Look at

    Losing Steam: A By-the-Numbers Look at Epic Game Store

    There is a certain kind of complacency that sets in when you’ve been the king for as long as Valve has. Sure, GOG offers DRM-free games and itch.io allows developers to set their own revenue-sharing models. Neither of them, or any of the smaller players in the market, seem to have made a dent in [...]

  • Former 'Assassin's Creed' Creative Director on

    Former 'Assassin's Creed' Creative Director on Lure of Open World Games (Watch)

    Patrice Desilets was at the Game Awards earlier this month to show off the first gameplay for his new studio’s new game “Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey.” Variety caught up with him to briefly discuss the upcoming game and the exploding growth of the open world game. Desilets has an interesting history with open world games. After [...]

  • 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' Fastest Selling

    'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' Fastest Selling Nintendo Switch Game

    Nintendo sold more than three million copies of its popular brawler “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” in the United States in its first 11 days available, the company announced Tuesday. The company also noted that the Nintendo Switch has become the fastest-selling video game system of this hardware generation, accounting for the first 21 months of sales [...]

  • Voice of 'Assassin's Creed's' Leonidas on

    Voice of 'Assassin's Creed's' Leonidas on Acting Out Everything Twice (Watch)

    “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” allows players to choose, when the game starts, if they want to play the lead as a woman or a man. While that choice didn’t require a game-killing amount of extra animation, it did lead to a doubling of the voice acting. Actor Elias Toufexis (“Star Trek: Discovery,” “Stargate: Atlantis”) spoke with Variety [...]

  • Fortnite: Battle Royale

    'Fresh Prince' Actor Sues Epic Games Over Carlton Dance in Fortnite

    Brooklyn rapper 2 Milly, actor Alfonso Ribeiro, and Instagram star Backpack Kid are all filing complaints against Epic Games and Take-Two Interactive over dance emotes in “Fortnite” and “NBA 2K,” the law firm representing them told Variety on Monday. 2 Milly filed his suit against Epic Games earlier this month. It claims the game developer [...]

  • 'God of War' Director Ranks the

    'God of War' Director Ranks the 'God of War' Games (Watch)

    “God War” director Corey Barlog stopped by during the Game Awards red carpet earlier this month to discuss working with the cast over three years, the emotionality of the PlayStation 4 game. More importantly, though, Variety got Barlog to rank all of the God of War games in order. Despite going on to win the year’s [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content