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Praise for You Died

Amazing… You Died deserves spots on shelves. It deserves to be copied and emulated a hundred times over. Give me fifty more of books with this much heart and serious attention to the micro and macro waves of how games wash over players and bystanders alike.
— Paste Magazine, Rating: 9.0/10

You Died has a depth that mirrors Dark Souls itself, both as a love letter, but also as physical manifestation of what makes this game so special and how it’s affected those who’ve played it.
— GameSpew

Miyazaki showing the Chinese edition of You Died to some colleagues during a 2018 visit to Beijing.

Miyazaki showing the Chinese edition of You Died to some colleagues during a 2018 visit to Beijing.


Utterly brilliant… At once guide, companion and shoulder to cry on, this chunky paperback is deeper and more expansive than your usual gameplay guide… You Died might be about the game, but it stands on its own as a remarkable account of the impact a videogame can have on its fans, its creators and the very culture of gaming itself.
— Xbox One UK, Rating: 5/5

A real page-turner… You Died: The Dark Souls Companion will make even the most frustration-prone gamer want to at least take a few timid steps into Dark Souls’ unforgiving world.
— GameCrate

Listen to Jason discuss the book on the Don’t Give Up Skeleton podcast:

(If you care to skip intro housekeeping, conversation begins at 3:40)


© Duncan Harris / Dead End Thrills

© Duncan Harris / Dead End Thrills

 

Dark Souls. A game like no other.

You Died embarks on a far-ranging exploration of Dark Souls, one of the most influential, enigmatic and best-loved video games in history. It traces a path through the game's lore and world, but also zooms out to tell the stories of Dark Souls' remarkable, slightly mad fan collective. Discover the shared exploits of players who've died, over and over, in their common quest.

Written by Keza MacDonald and Jason Killingsworth, award-winning journalists who've covered Dark Souls from the earliest stages of its development and interviewed the game's developers on many occasions, You Died is a must-read for anyone who's ever ventured into the treacherous wilds of Lordran, for five hours or 500. Includes exclusive new interviews with the game's creative director Hidetaka Miyazaki and others involved in its creation.

Buy the book now in either print or digital (or, if you’re truly hardcore… both!).


The making of You Died’s cover art

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© Paul Scott Canavan

© Paul Scott Canavan


JK with Dark Souls creative director Hidetaka Miyazaki at FromSoftware HQ in Tokyo (2012).

JK with Dark Souls creative director Hidetaka Miyazaki at FromSoftware HQ in Tokyo (2012).

For more info, check out the book's official website or follow the official account on Twitter.


“Oh hi, didn’t see you there!”

“Oh hi, didn’t see you there!”