‘Bonfire’ is an art piece originally used by FromSoftware as Dark Souls cover art for the Japanese (domestic) market. It was widely discussed when the game launched, Fall 2011. While box art for American and European audiences showed a knight in heroic pose, surrounded by ghouls, the Japanese box art looked more contemplative: a knight resting at a bonfire, anticipating battle. The dark, atmospheric design was a better fit for the game than its Western counterpart, many fans thought at the time, as Dark Souls is not too optimistic about a hero’s prospects. Also, players know the importance of bonfires in the game. They are some of the few places in the game where players can enjoy some respite before they move back into the hostile world of Dark Souls.
'Bonfire' 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.