Namco Bandai has opened registration for next month's Dark Souls 2 PlayStation 3 beta.

The beta offers players the chance to take an early look at FromSoftware's rock-hard action-RPG and "contribute to the game's optimisation by providing valuable feedback".

To sign up, either head through here or download the Dark Souls 2 Beta Registration Ticket directly from PlayStation Store, found in the Games section under Latest Releases.

The first beta phase gets underway on October 12 with a second wave starting on October 27. It isn't yet known whether the beta will come to other platforms besides PS3.

Dark Souls 2 releases on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in March 2014.