The Dark Souls Collector's Edition Might Be For You, Softer PlayersS

Or maybe it's for you, Demon's Souls diehards or those ravenously anticipating the challenge of Dark Souls. What it is, assuredly, is a strong motivator for pre-ordering Dark Souls for the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360.

Namco Bandai announced today that Dark Souls would get a limited release collector's edition bundled with stuff, including a "limited edition art book containing premium illustrations of characters and environments from the game, a mini-strategy guidebook, behind-the-scenes videos from the development studio detailing various stages of game concept, design and building, and the game's soundtrack for digital download." It's the mini-strategy guidebook I'm most interested in, given Dark Souls' brand of challenge.

All those bonuses will be included at the standard edition price—$59.99 USD—in a "custom-designed metal case" as long as you pre-order. I'd anticipate limited quantities on the collector's edition, so don't be shy if you dig soul collecting.

Reps tell Kotaku that Namco Bandai will also be releasing tutorial videos for Dark Souls to help players better understand its unforgiving combat and unique rules. How they'll distribute those videos, we're not yet sure.

Dark Souls is coming to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this October in North America.