In the days following the reveal of a new Dark Souls: Remastered edition for all the major consoles, PC players in particular were asking whether they'd have to pay retail price for a game they might already own on Steam. Today, Bandai Namco announced that owners of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die edition are eligible for a 50 percent discount for the Remastered edition.
So if you already own an earlier version of Dark Souls on PC, you're eligible for a steep discount on the Remastered edition. That makes committing to the new version of Dark Souls on PC a $20 buy-in, as opposed to $39.99 for first-time buyers.
There was some confusion regarding the pricing for the PC version of Dark Souls: Remastered given that PC players already had a version to play on computers. A Bandai Namco spokesperson previously stated that there will be no discount for owners of the original Dark Souls on PC. The original PC release, dubbed "Prepare to Die," first came out in 2012 and quickly became popular thanks to the modding community around the game.
Oddly enough Bandai Namco will not delist the Prepare to Die edition, effectively making two versions of Dark Souls available on PC.
Dark Souls Remastered on PC will run at native 4k resolution at 60fps. We have a preview of Dark Souls Remastered running at 60fps but on the PS4. While this is a stark improvement, the modding scene for the first version of Dark Souls on PC spent the better part of five years refining and improving Dark Souls to the point where mods alone could make the game look and run much better than the way the game shipped.
Still, if you're interested in the official Remastered edition of Dark Souls, and you're a PC player then at least the financial commitment won't be as steep. For more, be sure to check out our Dark Souls Remastered Complete Guide for all the latest information and technical breakdowns.