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Bloodborne is not a successor to Demon’s Souls, Yoshida insists

Friday, 13th June 2014 06:57 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Bloodborne is not only not a direct sequel to Demon’s Souls 2, it’s not even a spiritual successor, according to SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida.

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Yoshida admitted that Bloodborne is inspired by Demon’s Souls, but in speaking with Polygon insisted that the game is a totally new experience and not a successor of any sorts, spiritual or otherwise.

“The end result has a definite feel that comes from the team, but the gameplay mechanics and the characters are brand new, pretty much,” he said.

Sony, the original publisher of Demon’s Souls, has no plans to resurrect the brand.

“We are not thinking about doing anything else, just focused on Bloodborne,” Yoshida said – probably a good thing given the confusion between Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls, which I can’t imagine Namco Bandai would be too pleased about.

As for why Bloodborne is happening at all, Yoshida said it comes from his long relationship with From Software over the years of his Sony career.

“We had an opportunity to reopen the relationship, and going into the launch of PS4, our producers proposed that we should work together with the From team and Miyazaki-san to make something new on a new platform,” he said. “That resonated really well with Miyazaki-san.”

Bloodborne very clearly has Demon’s Souls (and maybe also Dark Souls) DNA plastered through its body, but creator Hidetaka Miyazaki detailed the differences between Bloodborne and Demon’s Souls yesterday.

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8 Comments

  1. Blackened Halo

    well…so hidetaka-san doesnt plan Demons Souls 2 …sigh :( he doesnt even plan Dark Souls 3 (but From Software could be doing so) …i wonder what future is being written for the Souls franchise …maybe no future for those games? …:(

    #1 6 months ago
  2. DeVitowned

    Who cares if it is another Demon’s Souls or not? It’s going to be good.

    #2 6 months ago
  3. ChristopherJack

    “Bloodborne is not only not a direct sequel to Demon’s Souls 2” May want to edit that as is there is no Demon’s Souls 2 so therefore cannot have a sequel.

    #3 6 months ago
  4. KAP

    As gamers were so hypocritical towards our own medium. We complain about sequels and how studios don’t innovate or create new IPs.

    Then, we complain about new IPs… ffs

    I for one is glad it’s a completely new IP then taking the safe route and slapping a 2 or 3 on it.

    #4 6 months ago
  5. The_Red

    Gameplay trailer LEAKED!
    http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=836933

    Demon’s Souls or not, this game is a BEAST!

    #5 6 months ago
  6. zoopdeloop

    since the narrative in Demon’s and Dark series is poor(c’mon were are the endings),except the lore,i’m more excited about Bloodborne which is rumored to have a little bit more emphasis on that aspect

    #6 6 months ago
  7. Baldy43

    FROMSOFT AS CONFIRMED. So what’s the date when he said that? The Date it was confirmed by IGN from FROM was 10th June. So who to believe, the Creator or Sony Japan? If Bloodborne is the Spiritual Successor to Demon Souls.? And was it the same person who said Demon Souls was rubbish? So Guys and Gals what’s your thoughts.? THIS ONE SAYS NO FROM. SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida. http://www.vg247.com/2014/06/13/bloodborne-is-not-a-successor-to-demons-souls-yoshida-insists/ THIS SAYS YES FROM FROMSOFT. http://uk.ign.com/articles/2014/06/10/e3-2014-new-bloodborne-details-and-first-screens-released

    #7 5 months ago
  8. Baldy43

    FROMSOFT AS CONFIRMED So what’s the date when he said that? The Date it was confirmed by IGN from FROM was 10th June. So who to believe, the Creator or Sony Japan? If Bloodborne is the Spiritual Successor to Demon Souls.? And was it the same person who said Demon Souls was rubbish? So Guys and Gals what’s your thoughts.? THIS ONE SAYS NO FROM. SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida. http://www.vg247.com/2014/06/13/bloodborne-is-not-a-successor-to-demons-souls-yoshida-insists/ THIS SAYS YES FROM FROMSOFT. http://uk.ign.com/articles/2014/06/10/e3-2014-new-bloodborne-details-and-first-screens-released

    #8 5 months ago

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