Posted 30 mins ago on the DSII FB page:
The first Beta round for North America and Europe/Australasia will begin on 12th October and the second round will begin on 27th October. Check DARK SOULS™ Facebook page and PlayStation®Network Website today and get all the details about the DARK SOULS II beta. For the first time join the dark journey with this beta and experience overwhelming enemy encounters, diabolical hazards, and the unrelenting challenge that only FROMSOFTWARE can deliver.
DARK SOULS II will be launching in Europe and Australasia in March 2014 on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PCs.