Update: Bandai Namco has officially announced Ashes of Ariandel as the first DLC for Dark Souls III in North America.
"Return to the world of Dark Souls III and uncover a terrible secret that lies within the frozen land of Ariandel," said the publisher in a press release. "Players will find themselves steeped in a brand new environment filled with terrifying new enemies, challenges, and exciting lore to expand the overarching Dark Souls III storyline. Players are tasked to enter the land of Ariandel and defeat the evil within to uncover the mystery of what has caused the land to become defiled."
The DLC will cost $14.99 as a standalone purchase on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, with a release on October 25. The season pass will include Ashes of Ariandel and a second expansion planned for release in early 2017, for $24.99.
Original story: Bandai Namco has announced the first downloadable content for Dark Souls III in Japan. The pack was revealed in this week's Famitsu, according to Japanese gaming blog Hachima (translated via Gematsu). The DLC will include a large sword sheathed in white flames, a magic spell that calls up an icy storm, and a ring that allows you to throw a boomerang of light. There's also the new PVP map, Immortal Competition.
The add-on is expected to launch in Japan for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC this October. The DLC is 1,200 yen as a standalone purchase, but it's also a part of the Dark Souls III Season Pass, which players in Japan can pick up for 2,000 yen and includes two DLC packs and a special PlayStation 4 custom theme.
The PlayStation Twitter account in North America also unofficially announced the DLC for a Western release on October 25. The tweet was posted this morning alongside a trailer, with the official title of the DLC being Ashes of Ariandel. Both the tweet and trailer have since been removed, as the official update is supposed to be tomorrow. In the US, the Season Pass is $24.99, and it's likely the standalone DLCs will cost players $14.99 each in order to make the Season Pass more lucrative.
Bob will likely be playing the DLC, just like he's tackled every other From Software Souls-like for USgamer. He gave Dark Souls III a top score when it released earlier this year.
"With a week and 40 hours of Dark Souls III behind me since writing the first half of this review, I have to say nothing evokes an emotional reaction from me like this series—and the newest installment doesn't veer away from this trend," said Bob in our review. "Despite being so experienced in the ways of From Software RPGs, my time with Dark Souls III still provided a healthy share of harrowing moments that had me pressed flat against the couch with the controller extended straight out in front of me as I prepared to fight whatever horror lurked around the next corner."