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Dark Souls new-gen remaster gets surprise release, you can download free now

Dark Souls new-gen remaster gets surprise release, you can download free now

Remaster? For free? We're in!

It is time.

After waiting and waiting... and waiting... Dark Souls fans are finally able to play Dark Souls Remastered.

We suspect many of you have been keeping your eyes on this mod for some time now; delivering new-gen graphics, it’s a thing of beauty Dark Souls fans have longed for.

How amazing does Dark Souls Remastered look?

Sure, Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree isn’t far away now, but there’s no beating the classic action of DS1.

Of course, by today’s graphical standards, the OG title looks worn around the edges.

Thankfully, NexusMods creative, fromsoftserve, has tirelessly been working on remastering the OG to bring it up to date. It’s been an arduous labour of love.

For players who want to know specifically what they’re getting, here’s a brief overview of the mods’ features:

  • Adds dynamic shadows to every map. Most DS1 shadows were baked, but this mod adds dynamic ones which are far more accurate and include waaaay more objects too
  • Restores PTDE lighting to every map
  • Upscales almost every texture, most of which are ported from PTDE
  • Generates new normal maps for most surfaces
  • Upscales armor/weapon textures, most of which are ported from PTDE
  • Adds parallax occlusion mapping to more surfaces (wip)
  • Better water reflections
  • Better distant geometry. Replaces the fake distant map pieces and uses the actual map pieces
  • Blighttown visible from Firelink Shrine. Moonlight Butterfly Castle visible from Undead Burg
  • More grass added in Undead Burg, Firelink Shrine, and more
  • Fixes mesh holes that were present in many mappieces
  • Adjusts the Depth of Field effect so it's closer to how PTDE used it
  • Shadows are now higher resolution, thanks to DSR Shader Overhaul being built into the mod
  • Better AO on the player lantern, due to DSR Shader Overhaul

Knowing this is all well and good, but what do fans think of said mod?

Well, they’re delighted.

YouTuber @skylaninaction said, “As a die-hard DS1 fan, these shots blew me away.”

Someone else commented, “Tried it and it is really good, worth playing with this mod!”

This free download is available right now, so if you want to relive the glory of the OG title with a refreshed aesthetic, now is the time to do so.

Featured Image Credit: CRIPSY – YouTube, Bandai Namco

Topics: Dark Souls, Mods, PC, Bandai Namco, Fromsoftware