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Dark Souls II's PS3, Xbox 360 servers are shutting shut down in March 2024

With Dark Souls II and Armored Core: Verdict Day both hitting 10 years old, FromSoftware is pulling the plug on the servers for their original console releases.

Justin Carter, Contributing Editor

December 22, 2023

1 Min Read
Key art for FromSoftware's Dark Souls II.
Image via FromSoftware.

At a Glance

  • Dark Souls made its name on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and Dark Souls II was the last series entry for both consoles.

FromSoftware is killing the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 servers for Dark Souls II and Armored Core: Verdict Day on March 31, 2024.

Following that date, players won't be able to play co-op or competitive multiplayer, though they will be able to play offline. The developer was frank in saying both titles are up there in age, hence the dual shutdown.

Dark Souls II released in March 2014, while Verdict Day launched in late 2013. The latter game was the last installment until Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon from earlier this year.

In the case of both Dark Souls II and Armored Core: Verdict Day, FromSoftware thanked players for their support over the years.

Dark Souls II's recent online history

Of the two, Dark Souls II is the only one to have gotten remastered for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Players of the more recent version of the game, along with the PC counterpart, can continue playing unimpeded.

Last year before the release of Elden Ring, Bandai Namco killed the PC servers for the Dark Souls games to investigate a security issue. Those servers have since been restored.

Both Dark Souls II's remaster and its successor Dark Souls III will be a decade old in the next few years. As such, it may not be that long before the console versions of both titles are taken offline.

About the Author(s)

Justin Carter

Contributing Editor, GameDeveloper.com

A Kansas City, MO native, Justin Carter has written for numerous sites including IGN, Polygon, and SyFy Wire. In addition to Game Developer, his writing can be found at io9 over on Gizmodo. Don't ask him about how much gum he's had, because the answer will be more than he's willing to admit.

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