Firelink Shrine - Dark Souls, artwork by FromSoftware
The 'Firelink Shrine' concept art sketch was used to imagine Firelink Shrine, the large and sometimes confusing circular building that’s central to Dark Souls. The largest safe zone in the game, Firelink Shrine is by far the most accessible bonfire location, and a place where players find many spells and upgrades, making it an important hub of the open world gameplay. Like other buildings and ruins, the shrine draws heavily on Gothic architecture, as is clear from the the tower in the back, and the vertical emphasis in the overall composition of the building.
'Fire link Shrine' is an official concept artwork for Dark Souls, the first video game in the Dark Souls series, made by Japanese studio FromSoftware. This limited edition Certified Art Giclee™ print is part of the official Dark Souls fine art collection by Cook & Becker, FromSoftware, and Bandai Namco. The print is hand-numbered and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Dark Souls is an action role-playing video game developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco. Dark Souls was first released Fall 2011, as successor to the acclaimed game Demon’s Souls. The games, directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, have been some of the most influential of the last decade. Both Dark Souls and it’s spiritual predecessor started out as sleeper hits. At first, the games received notoriety for their challenging difficulty, yet that merely touched the surface of their appeal. Gamers found themselves enchanted by the deep lore, the inventive level design and the lack of hand-holding. This at a time when many were disenchanted by too many slick, easy and unrewarding blockbuster games. Dark Souls was different, they felt, and captured what made role-playing games so great.
The Dark Souls games, of which there are three, have spawned a huge, dedicated following that shares thousands of YouTube videos and forum posts, covering every minute detail. They have also opened the eyes of many game developers, showing another way of doing things.
FromSoftware, Inc. is a Japanese video game company founded in November 1986. The studio is primarily known for being the developers of the Dark Souls and Demon's Souls games, Bloodborne, Armored Core, Otogi and Tenchu series.
The studio has been a prominent fixture of the Japanese videogame landscape but it was the Demon's Souls (2009), Dark Souls and Bloodborne games that really gave the developers unprecedented exposure in North America and Europe. The Souls series and Bloodborne have all received widespread critical acclaim from both critics and general audience alike as well as strong sales.