“Dark Souls is over,” says Hidetaka Miyazaki.
Dark Souls 3 director already working on a new IP
Dark Souls 3 is the last planned entry in the Souls series, From Software’s Miyazaki has reiterated.
We’ve known for some time that the director wanted to walk away from the series, as well as its spiritual cousins Demon’s Souls and Bloodborne, but in the wake of Dark Souls 3’s triumphant success we all hoped, at least a little bit, that he’d maybe change his mind.
“Dark Souls 3 will be have several DLCs like previous games. But there is absolutely no plan right now for any sequels, spin-offs, or tie-ins,” he said.
Although the director said that he “cannot say for certain that the possibility is zero percent” of a Souls game ever happening again, it’s not on From Software’s schedule right now, and he personally wants to move on.
“If a From Software developer come to me five years from now and begged, ‘please let me make another Dark Souls,’ then I will not rule out the possibility to let my subordinates start a new project,” he explained. (It wouldn’t be the first time, of course; Miyazaki did not lead Dark Souls 2.)
“What is certain for now is, to me personally Dark Souls is over,” he continued.
“So rather than make another sequel, I think it’s time we take a step to a new direction. Development of a new IP has already begun.”
It’s unlikely this new IP is another Souls-like project like Bloodborne. Miyazaki even ruled out a Demon’s Souls remaster.
“We want to try making new things,” he said.
Sad news, although I’d rather see Dark Souls and its family end on a high note than be hammered into the ground by cynical sequels and tie-ins. We’ll see what Bandai Namco thinks of that, though; Miyazaki has as good as said the Dark Souls franchise is likely to continue in some way, even if From Software is not interested in it.