Incredible Dark Souls mod gives the beloved classic a pixel art ‘demaster,’ and I’m in love | Windows

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What you need to know

  • FromSoftware’s legendary 2011 action RPG Dark Souls is often considered one of the best games ever, and a remastered version was released in 2018 on Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, and PC.
  • Modder @Greatgramcrackr has created a project called “Pixel Souls Demastered” for the PC version of Dark Souls: Remastered that gives its graphics a pixel art appearance, while also reducing model and audio quality for a distinct retro feel.
  • The project is similar to Bloodborne PSX, a fan-made “demake” of FromSoftware’s 2015 PlayStation exclusive that came out early in 2022.
  • @Greatgramcrackr hopes to add 8-bit remixes of Dark Souls music tracks to the mod in the future, and may even “demaster” other FromSoftware titles as well.

When the Bloodborne PSX “demake” of the critically acclaimed PlayStation exclusive released in early 2022, it was an instant hit. Fans were enamored by its old-school PS1-era graphics and retro versions of the Bloodborne’s music and sound effects — and now, something similar has released for Dark Souls, another of FromSoftware’s beloved action RPGs.

That project is Pixel Souls Demastered, an extensive mod for the PC version of Dark Souls: Remastered that gives every in-game texture, visual effect, icon, and font a pixel art-style appearance, while also reducing the fidelity of every character and equipment model and lowering the quality of all audio. The result is an delightfully nostalgic reimagining of Lordran that offers a glimpse at what the original Dark Souls might have looked and sounded like if it released a few console generations earlier. You can watch the official trailer for the project below.

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