Dark Souls II graphic novel revealed

Into the Light novel set in Dark Souls universe; written by and illustrated by British comic book veterans.

Namco Bandai and From Software have announced a partnership with a pair of British comic book veterans for Dark Souls II: Into the Light, an all-new graphic novel set in the game's universe. It will be released in early January 2014, ahead of Dark Souls II.

No specific details about the Dark Souls II: Into the Light plot were announced, though Namco Bandai said the novel will offer an "extended experience to hardcore fans and newcomers."

Dark Souls II: Into the Light was written by Rob Williams (Ghost Rider, Amazing Spider-Man, Star Wars Tales) and newcomer Andi Ewington, the author of 45.

Art for Dark Souls II: Into the Light will be provided by Simon Coleby, whose credits includes art for Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper.

Dark Souls II launches on March 11, 2014 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, while a PC release date has not been confirmed.

A beta for the game will be available exclusively for PS3 players beginning tomorrow.

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Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

So this is a shameless cash-in by a bunch of people completely unrelated and foreign to the game, approved by the game's equally unrelated western publisher.

Well this is going to be terrible.

BradBurns
BradBurns


To be honest, I preferred Demon's Souls' lore by leaps and bounds. I would actually consider it to be art, but I can't really say the same for Dark Souls' world. 

In case you didn't get to play Demon's Souls, its underlying theme was that life is difficult, but if you struggle enough, you can succeed. 

It's art direction and story had an artistic merit that Dark Soul's lacks. Dark Souls almost achieve it at times, but overall it fails to meet its predecessor expectations.

kohle36
kohle36

Cool I guess, for people who want to read a narrative style account (personally I think the entire comic should be written in item descriptions). I hope they keep it focused to short stories and vignettes without getting too explicit about the overarching lore. One of the best parts of the storytelling in game is that it's open to a wide variety of interpretations.

Vagnar
Vagnar

I'll probably wait until after playing Dark Souls 2 to read this, since I'm guessing this is related to it and I'd like to do a blind playthrough first.

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

"Ghost RiderAmazing Spider-ManStar Wars Tales" 

this is TERRIBLE!!!!!!!

moataz1993
moataz1993

That's beautiful. I would like to read all about the universe i'm playing in especially Dark Soul's lore. definitely interested.

Hurvl
Hurvl

I bet it will be so hard to read that most people will find it a real achievement to finish it. Yeah, a *real* achievement, not the ones that increases your gamerscore, mind you!

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Vagnar Yep, I always prefer a blind playthrough especially for this game. Could you imagine doing a literal blind playthrough with Dark Souls 2?

kohle36
kohle36

@moataz1993 You probably already know about this but check out EpicNameBro's Youtube series on Dark Souls Lore. Probably the most comprehensive discussion of the topic anywhere. If you want something more focused (with a little more interpretive license) VaatiVidya has another great series.

DMND
DMND

@Hurvl PC e-comic readers will be able to use cheats for easier reading.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@DMND @Hurvl We'll also use mods and fixes to make it more to our liking and get rid of flaws that the companies didn't care to remove.