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'Dark Souls for PC' petition catches attention of Namco Bandai bosses

Dark Souls petition gets noticed by bosses at Bandai Namco, offering some hope that the title will appear on PC.

A desperate effort by PC gamers to get a version of the critically acclaimed 2011 RPG title Dark Souls developed for the platform appears to be getting some attention.

Role-playing fans vented their frustration as early as last year on the forum for Bandai Namco Games, which published the title, claiming that Dark Souls would be very popular among PC gamers.

This resulted in a ground-up petition, which has gathered momentum and attracted over 77,000 signatures of support.

Dark Souls has won praise for its unforgiving difficulty level and creative use of social media in-game to enhance the player's experience. Combined with beautiful architecture, satisfyingly complex player controls and a sense of constantly broaching an unknown environment full of surprises, Dark Souls is considered one of the best games to have hit consoles during 2011.

Namco Bandai are not strangers to creating RPGs for PC gamers, having published The Witcher 2, another RPG game available on the PC. Comparisons between Dark Souls and the hugely popular multi-platform hit Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim have also left many gamers wondering why Namco have not followed Bethesda Game Studios' lead and released it for the PC too.

However, the campaign to get Dark Souls released for the PC has grown legs over the past few months. A Namco Bandai administrator who encouraged fans to start a petition for their cause in the first place reported back this week, claiming that the campaign has caught the attention of bosses at the publisher.

The administrator, going under the name shoupinou, wrote: "I honestly wasn't expecting such massive support. My boss(es) even came to talk to me about this, after it explodes all around the world.

"If you wanted to have the attention of Namco Bandai Games, now you have it. The future is in your hands, and I hope you will keep supporting this."

Dark Souls is the successor to the successful Demon's Souls, which was also renowned for its high difficulty level.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801265952-ADNFCR