With Dark Souls III out, From Software is hard at work at upcoming DLC. But what about a sequel? Don’t hold your breath just yet. Hidetaka Miyazaki says the studio has three projects in development, and none of them are Dark Souls sequels.
In an interview with 4Gamer, Miyazaki mentioned how From Software will release the first DLC for Dark Souls III this fall in Japan and then the second DLC in early 2017. The DLC will follow a similar format to what From Software has released in the past for the Soul series. Sequels and spin-offs, however, won’t likely appear anytime soon.
“With this latest release, we’re going to put the Dark Souls series on hold for a while,” Miyazaki said. “This is because it was never our real motive for From Software to be the Dark Souls-only company.” This isn’t the end of the line for the popular series, though. “It’s not my intention to say that the [Souls] series is completely finished,” he said. Miyazaki then added that currently he’s just not thinking about Dark Souls sequels or spin-offs. In the future, From Software could certainly return to the series.
Miyazaki added that since the Souls series and Bloodborne IPs are not owned by From Software, it’s possible that remastered versions of Dark Souls games or Bloodborne will be released, depending on what the publishers decide.
“Right now, rather than making a Dark Souls sequel, we have a strong feeling that we’d like to leverage our development experience into making new titles,” Miyazaki explained.
When asked what kind of games they were, here’s how Miyazaki explained one of them is “an Action RPG, and even though it’s not Dark Souls, it’s possible that the in-game world will be dark fantasy.” He added that the game would have a different approach than the Souls titles.
“Another one [of the new projects] is a reboot of titles we previously worked on, but taking that as a leaping off point to make a new game,” he said. The last one is different from what the studio has done before. Miyazaki added, “With all due respect, it’s a slightly odd one.”
When asked about Armored Core, Miyazaki said the series isn’t finished and From Software devs are keen to make more, so we can probably look forward to that. “We don’t have a choice not to make it,” Miyazaki explained, going on to say that it was a series that began his career as a game developer.
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