Updated 26/11 3:28pm:

New information on the Japanese Dark Souls website (via NeoGAF) makes the offering on each platform a little clearer.

Those who already own Dark Souls II on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or Windows PC (DirectX 9) can upgrade to version 1.10 for free and get:

New characters and events
Story and world additions (including item descriptions)
Various balancing tweaks

Those who buy Scholar of the First Sin on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or Windows PC (DirectX 9) get:

New characters and events
Story and world additions (including item descriptions)
Various balancing tweaks
All three DLC packs

Those who buy Scholar of the First Sin on Windows PC (DirectX 11), Xbox One, or PlayStation 4 will get:

New characters and events
Story and world additions (including item descriptions)
Various balancing tweaks
Graphics and performance upgrades
Improved online multiplayer (for up to six players)
Enemy and game design adjustments
All three DLC packs


Original story 26/11 11:55am:

In short: everyone everywhere gets the balancing changes, new story material and events. Only the new PC, PS4 and Xbox One version has expanded multiplayer, better graphics, and whatever “enemy and game design adjustments” means.

A new edition of Dark Souls II that will expand the game’s story is coming to console and PC next year, Bandai Namco has announced.

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin is coming to Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC on April 2 next year. It will arrive via a free update for those who already own the game.

Scholar of the First Sin contains all three of the game’s DLC chapters (Crown Of The Sunken King, Crown Of The Old Iron King, and Crown Of The Ivory King), but also “an array of all-new content”, according to Bandai Namco.

This new content will include “an expanded story featuring additional in-game events and NPC characters along with new deadlier enemies and gameplay improvements,” it said.

“It will also take advantage of the power of the PlayStation 4 system, Xbox One, and DirectX11 PCs to provide enhanced graphics for those specific platforms on top of several additional exclusive enhancements.”

On last-gen consoles and DirectX 9 PCs, Scholar of the First Sin will add features “that are not specifically tied to new-gen hardware capabilities”.