Players of the remastered version of Dark Souls are in for a nice treat this December that’ll help ease the stress of waiting for the Launch of Elden Ring early next year. That treat is called Nightfall, a fan-made continuation of the original set to release soon, here are all the details.
The Dark Souls: Nightfall mod is the result of a concerted effort between a small band of developers who started working on the project in 2019. In quite an impressive display, the undersized team published the first preview of what they’d been tirelessly working on in February this year.
According to their own website, “Nightfall is a direct fan-made sequel to Dark Souls, with a new story, new characters and bosses, new world map (built mostly from the existing pieces), and much more,”
Though it starts players off in the Undead Asylum and builds on the events of the original game, the indie sequel to Dark Souls is a new story and players will be treated to a number of new additions.
“It’s basically a brand new Souls game built using the Dark Souls engine and assets. Combat will be faster-paced, against a mixture of familiar and unfamiliar foes, with brand new voiced NPCs and side-quests. Nightfall also takes many cues from the design of Majora’s Mask, one of my favourite games.” as per the Dark Souls: Nightfall website.
Dark Souls: Nightfall is delivered as a single-player only package and as a deliberately inserted protective measure against the possibility of players experiencing l issues with the mod, Dark Souls: Remastered players with the Nightfall mod active will not be able to connect to the game’s servers.
The exact date of Dark Souls: Nightfall’s launch is another interesting point. The 21st December date means the mod’s release is planned to happen exactly one month in advance of Elden Ring’s launch – which many people consider an official sequel to the original Dark Souls. This was another deliberate move from the developers behind the Nightfall mod, with their website indicating how they made a point of avoiding a clash with Elden Ring’s planned launch.
For fans who miss the crypts, swamps, fortresses and hamlets of the original Dark Souls – it really has been quite a while right? – and also happen to have the remastered version available (technical limitations mean that the original Dark Souls is not compatible) then the Nightfall mod is exactly what you need to keep your composure while waiting for the 21st of January.
Nightfall is a grand exhibition of what is possible in terms of modding Dark Souls: Remastered and the reworked world map, new characters, new areas and an improved combat system promise to reignite ones passion for Dark Souls and keep them glued to their screens as they rediscover this fan-favourite title. However, until Dark Souls: Nightfall is officially released, the only thing we can do is watch the pretty cool work in progress videos that developers have been kind enough to share.