“Dark Souls 3” will be released in Japan on March 24, 2016 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game will be available to purchase on retail and online stores. Fans will be able to pre-order the game on Oct. 7, with the opportunity to get a special map and official soundtrack if they do so.

The news was revealed by a press release from developer From Software. It was also stated that the game’s worldwide release date would be announced in the coming days, along with the release date of the PC version of the game, which should please gamers in the West.

Gematsu has also confirmed that Japanese gamers would get the chance to try out the game during a PlayStation 4 network test, which will be held from Oct. 16 to Oct. 18. This is to check on the game’s online stability and gather fan reaction to see what they can improve.

“Dark Souls 3” made the headlines when photos of the game were leaked before it was announced on the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. Although it was leaked, fans were still excited to see another entry in the beloved “Souls” franchise.

Fans managed to get their taste of “Dark Souls” style action this year with the PlayStation 4 exclusive “Bloodborne.” Also developed by From Software, the game was almost identical to the “Dark Souls” series, with the exception of its Regain system. If the player times it right, they will be able to get a portion of their health back with a strike to a foe. Unsurprisingly, the game was a big hit with critics and fans of the “Dark Souls” games.

Despite playing almost exactly like a “Souls” game, “Bloodborne” is not considered a part of the series, possibly due to the game not having “Souls” on the title. The games considered part of the series are “Demon’s Souls”, “Dark Souls” and “Dark Souls 2.”

While the release date is a long ways away, players can check out the aforementioned “Bloodborne” on PlayStation 4. Players can also try the remastered “Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin” for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and the Windows PC. 

16 Minutes of Dark Souls 3 Gameplay - Gamescom 2015 (Credit: YouTube/IGN)