Namco Bandai has announced that pre-orders for the Black Armour Edition or Collector's Edition also include an exclusive voucher for early access to the Black Armour Weapons Pack. It's a bit of a mouthful.
Basically you'll get those weapons from the pack in the game earlier that you would otherwise. There are five different weapons packs unveiled. The Collector's Edition is a limited run set.
"These inventory items will help players as they begin their journey to the sequel of what many critics and gamers call one of the most challenging experiences in video game history."
The Black Armour Edition comes with a metal case housing the game disc and official soundtrack, while the Collector's Edition also features a Warrior Knight figurine, exclusive art book, and a large full-colour fabric map for Dark Souls II.
The five weapon packs are as follows:
Black Flamestone Dagger and Black Flamestone Parma – A dagger and shield encrusted in Black Flamestone both found in the Gutter at Black Gulch. Even though they are heavier than a normal dagger and shield, the Flamestone crystal’s unique properties make the dagger extremely sharp and give the shield high resistance to damage.
Yellow Quartz Long Sword and Yellow Quartz Shield – A straight sword and small shield hardened with yellow quartz both uncovered at the bottom of the Iron Keep. Even though these items can break easily due to their high level of corrosion, they are exceptionally light and their power to inflict damage has not declined.
Bound Hand Axe and Bound Wooden Shield – A brutal hand axe and shield found in the Undead Purgatory. Both items are wrapped in chains and thorns to cause additional bleeding on enemies. Both the axe and shield have diminished in overall slashing power but their ability to deliver pain has been deliberately increased.
Homunculus Mace and Homunculus Wooden Shield – A mace and shield with spherical protrusions found in Aldia’s Keep. Although heavier than normal maces and shields, the hard protrusions greatly increase the striking power of the mace as well as the shield’s defensive capabilities.
Transgressor’s Staff and Transgressor’s Leather Shield – A staff and leather shield entwined with an unknown and seemingly lackluster element; these items are found in the Dark Chasm of Old. They have become a catalyst for sorcery and hex and cause an effect known as Darkness.
Dark Souls II releases on Xbox 360 and PS4 March 14th, with PC shortly after.