Mod Turns Dark Souls Into Black And White Nightmare

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A simple tweak gives the world of Dark Souls an exceptionally eerie quality.

This visual mod strips out the game’s UI, textures, and particle effects, leaving a black-and-white world that’s as beautiful as it is difficult to traverse. reddit user CystisomaMagna discovered this by accident, while playing around with a graphics tool called Reshade.

Quickly dubbed the “Limbo mod” for giving Dark Souls an aesthetic similar to th platformer from a few years back, it was popularized after Souls streamer Lobos Jr showed it off:

Lobos Jr also published a how-to video, explaining the steps needed to install the mod yourself:

But what really caught my eye were the screen shots taken by redditor tarunschmarun. Even if I have no interest in playing Dark Souls with this mod flipped on—it seems super hard—I’m happy to scroll through the amazing sights that tarunschmarun has captured on his journeys:

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Illustration for article titled Mod Turns Dark Souls Into Black And White Nightmare

You can view all his photos right over here. They’re fantastic.

You can reach the author of this post at patrick.klepek@kotaku.com or on Twitter at @patrickklepek.

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Andy Cormack

From what it looks like, he’s just rendering the game using the depth channel, near = black, far = white. Relatively easy to do in terms of graphics but definitely a fun and interesting outcome nevertheless.