Namco Bandai and From Software have released new images from Dark Souls II, showing off the online features of the game.

In these screenshots, white phantoms can be seen assisting the player against enemies and bosses. There is a maximum of two friendly online players than can be summoned at one time. Red phantoms, on the other hand, are enemies that invade the player's game. 

Online players don't have to enter a session to affect it though. They can leave behind messages and a ghostly image of what they're doing can be spotted in the area.

Dark Souls 2 will be available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on March 11 with the PC version to release later in that month. Learn more about the game by reading our hands-on preview at the Tokyo Game Show.