The world of Dark Souls is bleak. It’s a fantasy land filled with Dragons, Undead, Skeletons and thousands of other things that can kill you again and again and again. However, despite its fantasy setting there is something that feels very real about the world you explore. Even the totally made up creatures like the Dragons and Giants are designed to look like something that could actually exist. The architecture found in the world is also very convincing, with great towers you can ascend and deep, dark dungeons to explore.
The realistic feel of the world of Dark Souls is no coincidence. Hidetaka Miyazaki, creator of Dark Souls based many of his ideas and inspirations on actual real world influences. Ever since Dark Souls was released, fans have hunted down possible real world influences and connected them to certain things in Dark Souls. In this great article published by IGN, writer Rich Stanton explores some of the biggest influences and gives you the feeling that the world of Dark Souls could exist in our very universe. This is a fascinating read for fans and you can check it out HERE.