E262: Dark Souls II – all hail the last great adventure of a generation

With Xbox One and PS4 on shelves, we turn our attention back to what must now be called the previous generation. Despite all the hype the new console’s launch games have made barely a dent in the eight-page end-of-year awards feature in the new issue of Edge, which is available now in print, or in digital form on iPad, Android and Zinio.

And while 2014′s release schedule is full of tantalising prospects on new consoles, the year’s first surefire success is Dark Souls II. In E262′s eight-page cover feature we visit FromSoftware’s offices in Japan for a look at how, with that March date rapidly approaching, the game is shaping up. Co-director Yu Tanimura and producer Takeshi Miyazoe detail the expanded Covenant system, explain the greater focus on network play, and discuss the difficulties in balancing a game that’s as punishing as they get, but always feels fair.

Elsewhere, we give our take on the new generation’s launch games, with reviews of Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack and Resogun for PS4, and Xbox One’s Forza 5, Dead Rising 3 and Ryse, to name but a few. In Knowledge we analyse what the two consoles’ launch performance tells us about their future prospects, and take a look at (currently) Japan-only Sony curio Vita TV.

In Features, we assemble a round table of indie developers including Mike Bithell, Vlambeer’s Rami Ismail and Fullbright’s Steve Gaynor to discuss the state of play in the indie scene. This month’s My Favourite Game, meanwhile, features Asa Butterfield, the Dota 2-obsessed star of Hollywood flick Ender’s Game.

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