PlayStation 3 owners keen to participate in the Dark Souls II closed beta should keep an eye on the game’s Facebook page, Namco Bandai says.

The beta is scheduled to begin on October 5, and registration details will be available before September 5.

The beta will truly test players’ skill, intestinal fortitude, and their sheer will to survive, said Namco.

“The Dark Souls II closed beta will delve into one of the most treacherous areas of the Dark Souls II world; players will not only get an opportunity to explore an entirely new area of the game, but also experience overwhelming enemy encounters, diabolical challenges, and the unrelenting difficultly that only the developers at FromSoftware can deliver.”

The game is due to launch in March for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC.