Hidetaka Miyazaki, head of From Software and father of the whole Souls series, did a rather interesting interview for Gamespot.

Well, calling it an interview is a bit of a stretch, it seems to be more of a small friendly chat but Miyazaki did disclose one really big piece of information, Dark Souls 3 will be the finale of the whole Dark Souls series.

The full quote is as follows:

Over the last few years we've had a lot of Souls games: Dark Souls 2, Scholar of the First Sin, Bloodborne. Is there a worry that people may be over-exposed to the franchise?

"It'd be a lie if I said I have no concerns about that. I don't think it'd be the right choice to continue indefinitely creating Souls and Bloodborne games. I'm considering Dark Souls 3 to be the big closure on the series. That's not just limited to me, but From Software and myself together want to aggressively make new things in the future.

Dark Souls 3 will mark the last game where the development project began before I became president. The next title will be a game that was conceived while I was president. I believe that From Software has to create new things. There will be new types of games coming from us, and Dark Souls 3 is an important marker in the evolution of From Software."

Dark Souls is quite literally my favorite game series but I still find it hard to disagree with him. The Souls games are so good because the team behind them was passionate and interested in making them. But now, after who knows how many years of working on very similar projects, I can only imagine the team is more than ready to move on to something new.

And that doesn't have to mean their next game will be a radical shift from the Souls formula. Instead I see it as opportunity to try out new gameplay styles and see if they gel well with the Souls combination of challenging gameplay, exploration and a world rich in hidden lore.

So while I'm sad to see Dark Souls go away after the release of Dark Souls 3 its not all that bad, perhaps the next game will be about space ninjas and far better than anything they've ever done up to that point. We would never know if they simply kept making the same game over and over again.

That's all I wanted to talk about from the short interview but I still encourage you to read it, its always great to see a developer (or in this case head of a company) enjoy their job so much.

 

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