The work of two Japanese artists has sparked a Dark Souls fan frenzy by moving the series from a dark fantasy realm to modern day Tokyo. It started with the work of an artist called Niy, and continued by Abubu Nownanka.
The artwork was spotted by games journalist Keza Macdonald, who wrote a book about the game called You Died: The Dark Souls Companion. "These artworks spawned a Twitter hashtag in Japan, where people compared ideas for weapons, locations and systems for a Tokyo Dark Souls," says Macdonald. "The idea of the mobile phone as locus of magic and navigation is genius, and there’s a survivalist aspect to this idea that’s really exciting – scavenging weapons and healing items from a ravaged Tokyo would be so compelling. I’d never really thought of myself as playing a scavenger in Dark Souls, but come to think, that’s exactly what we’re doing, isn’t it? Picking up the remains of civilisation and doing what we can with it?"
Check out a selection of the work below.