Dark Souls Remastered

Release Date May 25th 2018
Platforms PC
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch

Dark Souls Remastered is an updated version of Dark Souls releasing on May 25th 2018 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The Nintendo Switch was released on October 19th 2018. The updated version of the game features graphical enhancements as well as an expanded online mode.



Dark Souls Remastered Information

The remaster will feature better graphics and framerate than the original release. The remaster features the original level design "unchanged". There are some minor changes like the location of the Dried Finger and a new bonfire by Blacksmith Vamos, as well as the option to swap Covenants at your bonfire.

Online play has changed to accomodate up to 6 online players, and includes password matchmaking

  Original 2011

PS4 / Xbox One / Windows

Nintendo Switch



1080p (4k upscaled on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, 4k native on PC)

TV Mode 1080p

Tablet Mode 720p





Online Players




Online System


Dedicated Server Dedicated Server
DLC Sold Separately Included




Differences between Dark Souls and 2018 Remaster

  • 5 major changes from original Dark Souls
  • Online player capacity has been increased to 6 players instead of 4
  • Password matchmaking is available
  • Phantoms can heal themselves, and spawn with half as many Estus as they hold in their own world. (in the original game, only hosts can heal phantoms with estus)
  • During invasions, humanity healing is disabled.
  • Weapon Matchmaking supplements Soul Level Matchmaking and Soul Level Matchmaking Range changed for some items. See Summon Range Calculator for details. (Note: it appears that there are unreported changes to the Summon Ranges for certain items in the Remaster, notably the Blue Eye Orb and Dragon Eye.  Therefore, until more information can be determined, the Summon Range Calculator should not be trusted to provide accurate information for these items in regards to summon range for the Remastered Edition.)
  • Framerate has been increased to 60 FPS instead of 30 (except for the Switch version in both docked and handheld modes)
  • Resolution has been increased to 1080p, with 4k native performance on PC and upscaled 4k on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X.
  • Switch's resolution while docked is displayed in an adaptive 1080p (it changes depending on how graphically intense the game gets) while displayed in 720p in handheld mode.
  • Graphics have been "tailored" for the Nintendo Switch (according to Nintendo, talking about the Switch version)
  • The sound is compressed in the Switch version, most noticeably the sound of pressing any button in the title screen has its highs cut.
  • The remaster was developed by QOLC and Virtuos, with From and Namco operating in a publishing role.
  • A Bonfire has been added to the area where Blacksmith Vamos is encountered.
  • The Dried Finger is purchased from the Undead Merchant


Dark Souls Remastered Videos

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    • Anonymous

      06 Apr 2019 18:37  

      + Password Matchmaking + Weapon Matchmaking + Dedicated Servers + Covenants can now be changed while resting at any Bonfire + Summoned Players can Heal Themselves with Estus instead of having to resort to item's + Humanity Healing for Summoned Players is Disabled + 60fps, 1080p and 4k + Vamos Bonfire and ability to Warp to it - Net code remains unchanged making Phantom Range and Abnormal Hitboxes still a problem - No Weapon or Magic Balance Changes In conclusion, this remaster added some quality of life changes and improved the game's framerate and resolution. However, if you plan on doing PvP you might be annoyed with how all the main issues were largely unresolved. The Single Player Experience has improved and Connection Issues for Online play have mostly been fixed, but the PvP experience is still the buggy, frustrating and easily exploited mess that it once was.

      • Anonymous

        06 Apr 2019 09:13  

        My hatred for the remaster stems from the fact that there were no changes to the major problems the game had, for example, the glitchy PvP and the poorly implemented net code. While there were only a few quality of life changes, some better than others, the only major improvement is its now possible to get cross map backstabbed at 60fps instead of 30, so that's something.

        • Anonymous

          20 Mar 2019 03:45  

          I am unable to get my rare weapons trophy and platinum the game because I can't upgrade any staves in the game. Why is this?

          • Anonymous

            12 Mar 2019 20:42  

            i have a challenge for you all, beat the game, but no sword. (or weapon) bows, spells, shields for defense and items. it's just for fun and all. just beat the game with just spells and bows

            • Anonymous

              28 Feb 2019 21:50  

              The sound effects in the Switch version are also very compressed, to the point where most of them sound muffled and the high frequencies are cut. The Switch is capable of better sound, but I think they compressed it all to fit it on a 4GB cartridge. Other than that, there doesn't seem to be any major changes graphic-wise and resource intensive areas like Blighttown do not tank the frame rate.

              • Anonymous

                28 Jan 2019 04:07  

                I will never understand the hate for Dark Souls Remastered, all it is is Dark Souls 1 but it runs better and is played on a better controller (On PS4 at least), better graphics (only slightly better, but whatever), and the online stuff is better (not that I care about that, I'm strictly a single player type of fella)

                • Anonymous

                  22 Nov 2018 14:41  

                  hello guys i accidentaly killed laurentius of the grat swamp and Eingyi so i need someone that have a pyromancer flame on level 10... can you help me ??

                  • Anonymous

                    19 Sep 2018 17:49  

                    Weapon matchmaking sucks! Can't be the super powerful phantom anymore or get invaded by someone who can two-shots you. A lot of fun is gone...

                    • Anonymous

                      12 Sep 2018 21:57  

                      Dammit Bandai. All you had to do was let Fromsoft do the remaster. But now its dead and so is the original. gud job.

                      • Anonymous

                        15 Jul 2018 04:27  

                        S I D E K I C K S !!!!.... I was thinking the other day, have you ever noticed in DS3 the knights have the ability to shunt you from the side?(especially when you are circling them closely going for the backstab)... well, should they have added or maybe add the ability to do a side attack counter move to possibly "escape" a backstab or shunt a person going for a backstab by letting you stagger them just like the knights in DS3?. Of course it would have to be timed move with possibly a unique button combo (kind of like kick)... so it would kind of work like a riposte and stagger the backstab attempee.(backstab counter)

                        • 09 Jul 2018 21:01  

                          Its a good remaster, but its a good remaster of a flawed game. Dark Souls 1, as great as it is, had several little flaws that kept it from becoming a true modern masterpiece. A few of these issues were addressed in the remastering, but a bunch of them stayed in due to FROM not wanting to change too much. The most glaring of these issues are weapon stats and backstabs. Like all Souls games weapons range from terrible to amazing, with some weapons being obviously better than others. DS1 however was rather extreme in this regard. Most weapons have mediocre scaling and meh base stats, making them nearly useless late game. There also isn't much that can be be done to help as most infusions remove scaling, and the ones that do add/alter scaling simply slap on some magic damage. Not very useful, especially in the DLC. As for backstabs, they aren't too bad in themselves; rather the checking system is designed to heavily favor the attacker, making it the go-to strategy for novice players. But hey, it is EXACTLY like Dark Souls 1, just with a slightly better invasion system and framerate buff.

                          • Anonymous

                            01 Jul 2018 17:51  

                            Remaster has horrible servers and also on xbox one sif and nito suffer from frame rate issues. Server issues cause you to dc pretty frequently. Overall worse than xbox 360 version. Save money and buy the 360 version with backwards compatibility and choose master key to skip the hard part of blighttown bc of the frame issues. Do this and you will be much more satisfied with the experience than playing the poop remaster. Btw i have already played thru the remaster abt 5 time with dif chars and ng pluses and the gravelord nito and sif fights have had really bad frame rate issues every time. Idk abt ps4 or pc but xbox ppl you have been warned

                            • Anonymous

                              29 Jun 2018 17:10  

                              Is it likely someone will edit this page with additional changes found or just their respective pages? Because I was looking at the Dragonslayer spear's page and found that it had been changed, probably for the better-instead of faith scaling, which was only "better" than demon's spear around 40, it can be enchanted, and I was wondering if other weapons were changed.

                              • Anonymous

                                12 Jun 2018 17:22  

                                some observations im wondering are either new to this game or things that i just never noticed before

                                -enemies seem more aggressive. Not so much in actual battle, rather that they aggro from further away and stay on you a lot longer. when I'm doing runs where I just run past them, I've noticed grunts follow me much further than I remember. A good reliable instance is the run from undead burg bonfire to the taurus demon, where the undeads chucking firebombs at me from the bridge will actually come down and hassle me while I'm fighting the three spear guys/black knight area a little further down. I used to remember them simply ignoring me past the bridge.

                                -only happened once, but I had the undead at the bottom of the stairs, to the right outside the undead burg bonfire, do a jumping attack at the wall near his position and then literally teleport around the wall, up the stairs, and hit me

                                -a semi-reliable blades of the darkmoon glitch i found that was basically free souls (and somewhat against the lore of the covenant) was that I'd get summoned into a session of Dark Anor Londo while or before the host was fighting Gwyndolin, and I wouldn't even be kicked out. I'd even sometimes see the boss health bar on my screen. I wouldn't be able to traverse the fog if I made it to the door. If I waited and they managed to defeat the boss, I'd finally be told "Host challenged boss in area, disconnecting" and be kicked out, but I'd gain a whole bunch of souls as if I'd been sunbroing for the host, and I even got the achievement for defeating Gwyndolin the first time it happened. Weird. But not complaining.

                                • Anonymous

                                  01 Jun 2018 13:31  

                                  Yeah for me with the Iron golem I walked into the boss fight with a friend then the boss died. Like all I did was walk through the fog wall and he died.

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