Bandai Namco has announced that they’ll be doing a beta for Dark Souls III as a way to perform a network stress test. And fans of the brutally difficult and dark fantasy themed action role-playing game can sign up for the beta, which will run something during October.
Players who register will receive notification via email and a link to download the game. The beta will only be available on PlayStation 4. Those with other platforms will be out of luck. So what’s a network stress test?
Developers purposefully let lots of players onto their network at the same time to see if what they’ve created can handle the massive onslaught. This gives them a pretty accurate measurement of how things stack up and what needs to be changed before the game launches. At the same time, they can take a peek at how the multiplayer gameplay is shaking out. This way they can make tweaks and try to balance things better if necessary.
This Dark Souls III beta might not be the only one we see. The game isn’t scheduled for release until the spring of next year, so the devs still have a substantial amount of times to test things out and add some polish. Non-PS4 users, don’t fret. The game will be released on Xbox One and PC, as well as PS4.
The Dark Souls series has been praised for it’s unabashed difficulty and unique gameplay that’s not just about being challenging. The original Dark Souls was a successor to Demon Souls, which also held the same style of difficult but interesting game play.