Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Released Early on Xbox One

Something has gone awry at Microsoft HQ, resulting in an surprise early release. Ashes of Ariandel, the first DLC for Dark Souls 3, has been released on Xbox One, days ahead of its official release.
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Players across the world are already playing it, thanks to what most probably is a mistake.

People who’ve bought the season pass on Xbox One just started reporting the DLC was downloaded at a certain point. There was an icon for the DLC on their home screen, with a message that Ashes of Ariandel was ready to play. It didn’t allow connecting to the game’s servers, but simply starting it in offline mode proved to work. The more dedicated players have already beaten the whole thing – which either means it’s a bit short, or they’re simply really good at it.

Sadly, this only applies to Xbox One users. Playstation 4 and PC players will still have to wait until October 25th to play the add-on. There’s little hope this slip-up will convince the publisher to release the expansion early on all platforms, but it still might happen.

This isn’t the first time something like this happened. Dark Souls 3 was also playable on Xbox ahead of release. A full month before it would hit the shelves worldwide, people figured out that buying the Japanese version and switching the language would let them play in English. A similar thing happened even further back, when DLC packs for the previous game were released. You might call it a habit at this point.

A word of warning: the issue may be fixed at any moment. If you decide to try and get early access to Ashes of Ariandel, keep in mind you may be too late. If you were already going to get the season pass, no harm will be done. If you haven’t, you might buy it only to find out they’ve already plugged the hole.

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