Dark Souls 2 contest let fans design in-game shields

Winning submissions to be announced at San Diego Comic-Con.

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Namco Bandai and From Software have launched a Dark Souls 2 contest where players must submit their best in-game shield designs to win.

No deaths required for creating shield designs.

Interested parties can take part by visiting the Dark Souls 2 Facebook page and download the Shield Design Contest app. They can create up to three shield design templates and vote for previously-submitted emblems.

Players can submit their designs now, with the deadline for submissions being May 13. Community voting will begin from May 14 to May 20. On May 20, the winning entries will be judged in the final round by From Software. The winners will be announced at the San Diego Comic-Con.

The six winners selected by the developer will get a copy of the game signed by the development team, their shield design put in the game, and a creator's credit. The three winners selected by community votes will get a signed copy of the game

For more information, check out GameSpot's coverage on the title.

Discussion

48 comments
tightwad34
tightwad34

I would love to attempt this,  but I won't open a Facebook account. Hell I won't do Facebook for anything.

Barrakas21
Barrakas21

are you doing a decent pc port or let the gamers do the mods the make the game playable for pc again?

rey2
rey2

I want a custom designed shield as well.  Why not just give us that option during character creation?

ShadowofSonic
ShadowofSonic

THAT IS SOOOO COOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CRYING RIGHT NOW

letario
letario

Beat Demon and dark souls waiting for this for sure..........soul sacrifice will keep me busy in the mean time :)

Halloll
Halloll

I'd design a shield with spikes inside so each time you block you get hurt. but once you level up enough your character get smart enough and figure out he should hold the shield side way and use it as a smash board.

eesounds
eesounds

I'm all about the social media integration and engaging company-consumer relationship. Even though this is a small example, I wish more companies would do this. Video game companies need a lasting and ongoing conversation with their consumer base. They can't be as successful by just shipping a game and being done anymore. 

Dreamagus
Dreamagus

lazy weapon designers, making players do their job for free.

(that's a joke, of course)

Big_Pecks
Big_Pecks

I wish they opened this contest up for complete originality and not just choosing from templates. They'd probably get better ideas too.

Outer_Raven
Outer_Raven

Didn't they do the same thing when they were making Dark Souls? Not complaining though, glad to see some companies interacting with their fanbase.

JusXice
JusXice

Can someone make the Hylian Shield? 

Stiler
Stiler

I wish they'd made the contest open to people without photoshop/other programs like that. 


Woulda been nice if they offered a way to design over the templates (a la APB type of customization) where even non-graphic artist coudl take pre designed logo's/emblems and then change them around and make their own designs and looks.

president_bush
president_bush

Hey everyone. I'd appreciate anyone's vote for my three shields. They're on page 14 as of this writing. They are entitled Bone's Moon and Lover's Kiss, Bone's Agony, and Bones of the Surveyor. I know they're not the best in the world, but they are unique in their own right. Please comment if you voted, and I'll give you a true thank you below your comment. Thank you all.

Shawndox
Shawndox

Yes! Design more shields! They won't protect you >:)

psuedospike
psuedospike

They did this in Dark Souls as well.  I was hoping for something new and interesting with this sequel, but it's starting to worry me...

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

For Dark Souls 3, a contest will allow fans to write the plot and program the game world too!

Seriously, c'mon. There were a whole bunch of other people who did some shield emblem designs for this game, they're called artists and they got paid for their work.

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

Last time they went with shields as well. Why not pieces of Armour this time?

tmarinucci
tmarinucci

Last time they had this contest the winning design was sanctus, hope it's better this time around.

robbiejones
robbiejones

wat a great contest, if i was a great drawer i would do it in a heartbeat. but unfortunatly i dont hold the certain skills to design such a item :(

diskotheque
diskotheque

This is a really good idea. I wish I was more of an artist so I could participate without embarrassing myself.

Raj_Wraith
Raj_Wraith

This'll be like the Bed of Chaos fight and I sure as hell won't win but still there's that 0.000001% chance that I will and get my hands on that signed copy of Dark Souls 2.

alwin8695
alwin8695

I wish I could do 3D-designing :(

darsoul1111
darsoul1111

I'M IN I Didn't get a chance to participate last time so i'm really looking forward to this.

Sandro7
Sandro7

This is so cool. Too bad i cant take part because i have MAC and MAC cant do anything

tkdmmc
tkdmmc

@Barrakas21 They are designing the game primarily for PC, with the Xbox and PS versions being the ports.

president_bush
president_bush

@Big_Pecks It's almost all completely original. All the designer gets is a blank outline of a shield. The rest completely up to them.

Falru
Falru

@JusXice Uh no, copyright issues my friend. Remember this is something that could potentially actually be put into the game under From Software's legal capabilities.

OuTLaWzGamer
OuTLaWzGamer

@psuedospike .....cause other game devs sure come out with better ideas to interact with their fanbase,like Day 1 DLCs, Premium if you pre-order or then you get a half-assed game.   I dont see anything bad with a creativity contest and everything from Dark soul IS interesting,its not filled with scripted crap and QTEs.  And the ONLY dlcs that ever came out for a DS game was actually worth of all of the money.

Rennar
Rennar

@Shanks_D_Chop Do you really think it's out of laziness? It so somebody has a shot of putting something they created in a fantastic game and then show there friends. "Hey, I made that!"

jhcho2
jhcho2

@gamingnerd121  

I think we should leave it at shields. I prefer the armor design insipirations to come from From

u1tradt
u1tradt

The Sanctus had that cool ability with the health regen but it was pretty much unviable in general due to having poor defensive properties. If it at least had 100% physical reduction it would be more popular.

OuTLaWzGamer
OuTLaWzGamer

@tmarinucci Hope the item willl actually be useful in-game this time around. The way sanctus was a 'depleted' shield and theres was no way to recover its energy made it a colllector piece thats it.

OuTLaWzGamer
OuTLaWzGamer

@DoomZaW and this is why the PC version >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> consoles version even if the port was crap. Look at the armor details

Falru
Falru

@DoomZaW  That shield looks like it'd make you fat roll.

president_bush
president_bush

@Falru @Big_Pecks All the submissions are scanned for inappropriateness before they're posted,  so no flaming wangs. But I'm sure people have tried some crazy things.

psuedospike
psuedospike

@OuTLaWzGamer It's not a bad thing, just not original and I'm still worried about this sequel.  Too many unknown variables.