CD Projekt's Tomasz Gop has compared upcoming RPG The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings to From Software's notoriously difficult and dark Demon's Souls.
"I can't say specifically whether it's Heavy Rain, Demon's Souls or Arkham Asylum that has inspired us most over the past few years – it's probably a mix of all of them," Gop told Edge.
"I think everyone will find elements of Demon's Souls, though, definitely.
"We don't auto-scale opponents, for example. If you want to compare it to anything, Demon's Souls is definitely good. I'd like that, for sure."
The senior producer for the game also said the development team's refusal to back down from inaccessible combat and a mature storyline to gain sales was similar to From Software's approach.
"Not everybody feels comfortable with playing games that do not always tell you what to do. But on the other hand, we always tell people that this is an adult game, it's a mature game.
"... So I could say that young people won't be that keen on The Witcher 2 – but then, on the other hand, that's not such a bad thing.
"We probably are one of the few developers that do not give up too much in terms of accessibility. In that respect I think we maybe are a bit like From Software. That would be a good comparison."