Namco Bandai, the publisher behind Dark Souls 2, announced in a press release today (February 13) that those who pre-order either Dark Souls 2: Black Armor Edition or Dark Souls 2: Collector’s Edition will receive an exclusive voucher that will unlock weapons contained in the Black Armor Weapons Pack.
For those who don’t know, the Dark Souls 2: Collector’s Edition comes included with a premium Warrior Knight figurine, an exclusive artbook and a full-color fabric map of the world set within Dark Souls 2. What’s more, for those who pre-order the Collector’s Edition will instantly have access to Black Armor Edition. This pre-order edition features a metal case, the game disc itself and the official soundtrack.
As a reward to those who pre-ordered either edition, Dark Souls 2’s developer From Software has made five weapon packs available for the beginning of the game as an early access pack. The pack itself includes the following, copied verbatim from this stories press release:
Black Flamestone Dagger and Black Flamestone Parma – A dagger and shield encrusted in Black Flamestone both found in the Gutter at Black Gulch. Even though they are heavier than a normal dagger and shield, the Flamestone crystal’s unique properties make the dagger extremely sharp and give the shield high resistance to damage.
Yellow Quartz Long Sword and Yellow Quartz Shield – A straight sword and small shield hardened with yellow quartz both uncovered at the bottom of the Iron Keep. Even though these items can break easily due to their high level of corrosion, they are exceptionally light and their power to inflict damage has not declined.
Bound Hand Axe and Bound Wooden Shield – A brutal hand axe and shield found in the Undead Purgatory. Both items are wrapped in chains and thorns to cause additional bleeding on enemies. Both the axe and shield have diminished in overall slashing power but their ability to deliver pain has been deliberately increased.
Homunculus Mace and Homunculus Wooden Shield – A mace and shield with spherical protrusions found in Aldia’s Keep. Although heavier than normal maces and shields, the hard protrusions greatly increase the striking power of the mace as well as the shield’s defensive capabilities.
Transgressor’s Staff and Transgressor’s Leather Shield – A staff and leather shield entwined with an unknown and seemingly lackluster element; these items are found in the Dark Chasm of Old. They have become a catalyst for sorcery and hex and cause an effect known as Darkness.
The Black Armor Edition’s content also comes included with the rather exclusive Collector’s Edition, which in itself is only available in limited quantities. Dark Souls 2 will be dropping next month, March 11, in North America, then March 13 in Japan and finally March 14 in Europe and Australasia on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC later in the year.