Bandai Namco just dropped a bombshell. After the recent three DLC chapters, it has just been announced that another addition to the world is coming to Australia on April 2nd: Scholar of the First Sin will bring the original game plus new content to next-gen platforms, in addition to including all previous DLC content.
The all-encompassing version will be coming out on all platforms, but the PS4, One, and DirectX11-enabled PCs will benefit from better graphics.
In Bandai Namco's words:
This ultimate Dark Souls II experience features additional in-game events and NPCs along with new deadlier enemies and gameplay improvements.
I reached out to Bandai Namco as to exactly what new content that would entail, such as new boss fights, but it's unable to say at the moment. I'll update this post later if anything comes to light.
The timing means we all will have likely finished Miyazaki's Bloodborne by then, which is due out in March.
Dark Souls 2 missed a solid chance to plug a few holes in its lore with the recent DLC, and I expected more answers from Crown of the Ivory King. As a result, some of the cooler ideas about Drangleic's lore have been highly speculative and bordering on fan fiction. That doesn't make it any less cool - part of the fun is the community coming together to answer these questions - but the sequel feels less tied into itself than its predecessor. Less deliberate.
It seems unlikely that they would make drastic changes to the lore in what is essentially a GOTY version, or Director's Cut. But new Dark Souls content is pretty hard to pass up, as any Souls fan will tell you.