Dark Souls' director reveals the pendant's true purpose

"I actually had a little bit of an intention to play a prank.”

Upon beginning a new game in Dark Souls you're offered the chance to pick a starting "gift" to help you on your travels. These range from very useful, like a master key that can unlock any door, to forgettable, like 10 fire bombs. The most mysterious item was the pendant as its in-game description read, "Trinket. No effect, but fond memories comfort travelers."

Upon Dark Souls' release, game director Hidetaka Miyazaki said in a Famitsu interview that he'd pick the pendant or nothing.

For the last 13 months fans have clamoured to find out what hidden purpose it had. The Dark Souls Wiki devoted 1600 words to speculating as to its true effect. Only now has Miyazaki addressed this most mysterious of items.

“When it comes to the pendant, I actually had a little bit of an intention to play a prank,” Miyazaki said in an interview with IGN.

That's right. When it said it had "no effect," what it meant was, "no seriously, it has no effect."

Given how insanely obscure Dark Souls' dense systems are, Miyazaki knew fans would go crazy figuring it out, so the whole thing was just a giant red herring to keep people guessing. Well played, Miyazaki-san. Well played.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.

Jump to comments (50)

About the author

Jeffrey Matulef

Jeffrey Matulef

Contributor

Jeffrey Matulef is the best-dressed man in 1984.

Related

Digital FoundrySwitch's Witcher 3 patch 3.6 is an excellent upgrade to a superb game

PC cross-save support tested, graphics options explored, performance analysed.

Digital FoundryBest VR headset for Half-Life Alyx 2020

Our guide to the VR headsets compatible with Valve's next game.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare fixes one of its most annoying exploits

But simultaneously introduces a new clan tag bug.

You may also enjoy...

Digital FoundryBest VR headset for Half-Life Alyx 2020

Our guide to the VR headsets compatible with Valve's next game.

Hostel director Eli Roth is helming the Borderlands movie

Will be a "fresh, compelling and cinematic event".

Comments (50)

Comments for this article are now closed. Thanks for taking part!

Hide low-scoring comments
Order
Threading