Dark Souls 2 will release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on March 14, 2014, Namco Bandai has announced, with the PC version to follow at a later date.

Two special editions will also be available at launch, including the Black Armour Edition containing a metal case and official soundtrack, and the Collector's Edition featuring an art book, cloth map, 12 inch figure, plus all of the content of the Black Armour Edition.

Pre-order customers will automatically be upgraded to the Black Armour Edition at no extra charge. The price for the Collector's Edition has yet to be announced.

"Dark Souls 2 will offer hardcore fans and newcomers alike a challenging yet rewarding experience with a whole new sense of achievement," said Olivier Comte, senior vice-president at Namco Bandai Games Europe. "Working closely with From Software, we're excited to be bringing these Collector's Edition and special Black Armour Edition, with appealing added content for everyone that will allow them to fully dive into the world of Dark Souls 2."

A Dark Souls 2 beta launches on PlayStation 3 next month.

Source: Namco Bandai Press Release