I joined the Dark Souls community over a year after it came out. I missed the sense of exploration and discovery because every time I got stuck, a guide was readily available for me. So I want to pick this one up as soon as possible so I'm just as screwed as everyone else. Waiting even a month is too much for me, so I have my 360 copy preordered on Amazon. Can't wait for it to show up exactly one week from today!
Just to throw this out there but the hype train namco is building and the fact that they are giving early release copies to tons of popular dark souls youtubers/many of the people who helped write their Dark Souls and euro release Demon's Souls strategy guides only means one thing..... All that guide and info you want to avoid is still going to be available day 1/first week on PS3/360 release anyway.
But you won't hear about the drake sword and O&S equivalent through osmosis until at least a week after launch. You'll have to seek that information out until it becomes part of the common dark souls 2 knowledge. A process that will be over when the PC version comes out.
If you play online there will be soul signs all over anything like the drake sword etc etc unless you get there before everyone else in the community... and I doubt you will. There has always only been one way to play these games "spoiler free", that is offline, with no guide, and not reading any posts or stories about them on the internet. That will be the same on release day as well as april 25th. I can wait for the cheaper, and likely better, version of the game.
You're giving the messages way to much credit. First, they're luck based since you can't reliably get the useful ones to show up. Second, half the messages are people trolling, especialy when the game just came out. Third, you can only say so much with a bunch of prefab sentences. Super different than ''everyone knows you buy a bow and arrows, shoot that dragon in the tail and get a broken weapon'' and ''everyone knows there is couple of archers in anor londo who are a pain in the ass followed by the hardess boss in the game''.
You can wait for the PC release, I can't and that's fine. It's just that I won't have to dodge bombcast/8-4 play/other website landmines for a month and a half.