Namco Bandai is holding a contest on the Dark Souls Facebook page to promote the upcoming dark fantasy RPG. From now until July 13, fans can create designs for the art on three shields that will be used in the game. The templates for the three shields can be downloaded from the Dark Souls Facebook page by anyone following the game there, and every participant can submit a design for each of the three shields. Until July 20, fans will be able to vote to choose the best of the submitted designs, and the top ten designs for each of the three shields will be sent to From Software for the final results, which will be announced on July 28.
Every person who submits a design that finishes in the top ten will receive a free copy of Dark Souls signed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, the game's director. The top design in each category will be used in the game, and the designers will be listed in the game credits.