Souls “scholar” Lokey, who’s each a scholar of the sequence’ lore and a fluent Japanese speaker, has been digging into the story and themes of the unique Darkish Souls for years. Now, for the sport’s impending tenth anniversary, he’s put every little thing he is aware of into two completely beautiful books which are up for preorder.
I’m not utilizing “superb” and “beautiful” flippantly; these items are like fancy previous bibles, with no expense spared when it comes to their design or manufacturing. Have a look at this!
Right here’s the pitch from the publishers Tune & Fairweather for the books, whose assortment is known as the Abyssal Archive:
Abyssal Archive is the end result of years of decided analysis and writing by veteran Souls scholar Lokey, who mixed his understanding of Japanese and deep familiarity with Miyazaki’s oeuvre to mine distinctive insights from Darkish Souls’ supply materials. All of that studying has been distilled in these two hardcover volumes for followers serious about deepening their understanding of Lordran’s tumultuous historical past in addition to its characters’ exploits and tangled relationships.
The set additionally comprises a fold-out companion map of Lordran by artist Judson Cowan. Sure individually and housed alongside the books, this map rounds out the set, making Abyssal Archive the definitive reference for followers of Miyazaki’s gothic masterpiece. Plotted out with assistance from a 3D map viewer to make sure constancy of each degree geometry and scale, this expansive map is probably the most trustworthy illustration of Lordran ever produced.
And that map? Additionally completely stunning:
Now for the unhealthy information: all this doesn’t come low-cost. The essential version of the gathering is available in at €180/USD$180, with a restricted version (that includes a clamshell field as a substitute of a slide-out shell) costing €249/USD$249 and a benefactor version—which is similar because the restricted version solely along with your identify at the back of the guide—costing €495/USD$495.
All editions can be found now for preorder, with the publishers hoping all copies will be manufactured and despatched out earlier than the top of 2022.