In January, I spent a couple of weeks in Tokyo researching the book – and visiting From Software on the day that their latest game, Bloodborne, went gold.

Whilst I was there I met a whole bunch of people involved with Souls, from the artists and programmers who helped create it to the translators who crafted all that intriguingly oblique text and dialogue. You’ve mostly got them to thank for all of the Souls’ games exceptionally good English scripts.

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I also found out that there are Dark Souls fan meetups in Tokyo, organised by people like Soreron, who makes these amazing little Dark Souls crochet characters:

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Image credit: soreron

The stuff that Japanese Dark Souls fans create is pretty amazing. There’s cosplay, a fan-made trading card game, even original figurines like this charming, familiar ‘face’:

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Image credit: namoji

This is what’s so brilliant about Dark Souls: the game itself is just the jumping-off point for a whole fan culture. Expect to read much more about these people and their creations in the book (and, as always, feel free to send us your own Dark Souls stories).

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