Beauty is a relative term.
So when Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki says that all the monsters he designs are "beautiful" to him, regardless of their hideous appearance, we understand perfectly.
In honor of the game's release this week, the PlayStation Blog has tossed up a bunch of demon art, which displays the unbelievable design and creativity that went into the game's deadliest adversaries. It's brutal but immensely rewarding, and Miyazaki has a message for all those wishing to attempt the dark journey:
"I am hoping all of you experience meaningful deaths many times in the game. I know that the game is challenging, but I want you to keep trying to overcome any difficulty you face in the game. And please feel a great sense of achievement when overcoming a difficulty!"
We're not sure what a "meaningful death" really is but again, we get the point. Those art designs really are amazing, too; check out drawings for the Gaping Dragon, Snake Man, Crystal Undead, Sealer, Havel's Armor, Bell Gargoyle, The Egg-Bearer, Embraced Knight, Dragon Zombie (pictured here), Titanite Demon, Black Knight, and Gravelord Nito. Nito is a name you will become familiar with, if you aren't already.
For anyone who desperately wants to ring those Bells of Awakening, we wish you the best of luck.
Related Game(s): Dark Souls