Dark Souls isn't going to be easy, folks. In fact, the spiritual successor to the notoriously difficult Demon Souls is set to be even more sadistically cruel. I suggest investing in a controller or two, in case you happen to shatter yours on a nearby wall. If you want to be in with a fighting chance come October of this year, publishers Namco Bandai are holding a competition wherein fans patent a shield, with the best design making it into the game itself.
Entering is simple; head on over to Dark Souls' official Facebook page and like it. Then, you're given access to downloading three blank shield templates. Mock up a unique and original design or two, then submit your work on the Facebook page before July 13th. Once your design is up, you and other fans can vote for which you think is the best of the bunch, with voting running all the way up to July 20th.
The ten designs with the most votes will be announced on the 28th, before being duly sent off to developers From Software who will make the final call. All ten will receive a copy of Dark Souls signed by director Hidetaka Miyazaki himself, while the three best designs will have their work modeled, rendered and included in the final game.
So, grab those templates, get those creative juices running and be sure to inform Dealspwn of all your hard work! [Facebook]