Dark Souls Remastered: Everything New

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Unfortunately there’s a ton of misinformation going around about Dark Souls Remastered right now. Reviews are getting story details wrong, sites are getting details about this version’s differences to the original wrong and more. So to rectify that we’re providing the definitive list of differences between the titles! Let’s go:


After defeating Artorias the arena is unlocked. This mode has a handful of differences:

  • 3v3 and 6-player free for all.
  • Arena battles use Password Matching meaning PVP with friends!
  • Random Respawn points.

Quality of Life

My favorite changes, these exist just to make the gameplay slightly more user friendly.

  • Dedicated Servers instead of Peer to Peer ensuring a smoother online experience.
  • A new Bonfire next to Vamos the Blacksmith, brilliant for the beginning of the game and saves a lot of time for certain trophies.
  • If you hold Up or Down on the D-pad it will select the first item equipped.
  • You can change Covenants at Bonfires.
  • You can customize your Button Configuration, L3 jump for the win!
  • You can use multiple items in one go instead of having to repeatedly use them over and over. If you have ten Hero’s Souls in your inventory you can select to consume ten instead of one saving a ton of time. This also applies to Covenant offerings.
  • Extra languages compared to Dark Souls 3!
  • Items won’t automatically be selected in item slots when you pick them up. Makes inventory management much simpler.


The update that’ll be noticed immediately. The remaster does enough to differentiate itself from the original in this category.

  • PS4 and Xbox One is 1080p and 60 frames per second. 60 FPS makes a huge difference and really keeps the gameplay smooth and fluid at all times.
  • On PS4 Pro and Xbox One X the game runs at upscaled 4K 60 FPS. On PC it’s Native 4K. This makes the whole environment a lot sharper and leads to much more defined character models.

Online Multiplayer

Saving the best and biggest until last. The devs have really went all out to make sure the online experience is as simplified and user friendly as possible, bringing it more in line with Dark Souls 3.

  • Max player count increased from 4 to 6.
  • The Dried Finger item is available from the merchant in the Undead Burg, this item is required to play with 6 players.
  • Password Matchmaking has been added! This makes co-op play significantly easier. Players at different levels will be adjusted based on the host’s level.
  • Estus Flasks are the only healing item available in PVP. Phantoms only have half of their flasks. If a host player defeats an invading phantom their Estus flask is refilled!
  • You can change your region and turn off global matchmaking.Players can now prevent matched Red Phantoms from seeing their summon sign.
  • Players can’t summon ally phantoms consecutively while battling enemy phantoms.
  • Players outside of the host’s parameter range (based on level and weapon level) will not be matched together, except using Password matchmaking.

There you have it! Everything that has been changed between the original release and the remaster. We also have a feature on the worst ten bosses, the top ten bosses and of course, the Dark Souls Remastered Review. Stay tuned to thelootgaming.com for a ton more content on this title and more!