Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki has given Dark Souls 2 his blessing, but he's not keen to see a long series spawn from his dark RPG.
"I [wouldn’t] really care for Dark Souls VIII to come out. That’s not the point," Miyazaki told EDGE.
"It’s more, ‘What do the fans want?’ We want to stay true to what they expect.”
In some ways, Dark Souls is already a part of larger series; it is the spiritual successor to Demon's Souls, which was itself a throwback to King's Field. Miyazaki is ready to move on from this genetic line, and has handed the reins to other staff for Dark Souls 2.
“I’m not one to restrict the potential that Dark Souls has by insisting that only I can work on the titles,” he said.
“I want new expressions. It’s true that I’m sad about not being involved in the development of Dark Souls 2, because I’ve worked on Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls’ development for the past five years. I really love those two titles; however, maybe this is the time to have new inspiration, so I’m fine about that.
"I’m looking forward to playing Dark Souls II not as part of the development team, but with a little bit of distance. Everybody knows what the core of Dark Souls is – the dev team does, the fans do, the media does – and that will never change."
Dark Souls 2 is expected in late 2013 or perhaps 2014. Miyazaki has moved on to another project, which he won't talk about yet; he will soon cease giving interviews about Dark Souls.