All good things must come to an end. 2015 was the year we lost Metal Gear Solid as we’ve known it for the last two decades, and 2016 could bring about the end of another iconic, and more recent, gaming franchise: Dark Souls. Director Hidetaka Miyazaki has been whipping out these games on a pretty frequent basis since 2009, but he might be wanting to focus on something new.
In an interview with Gamespot, Miyazaki states that he wants Dark Souls III “to be the big closure on the series.”
“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.”
And I am in agreement. There is no point in hammering out the same game year after year if it only serves to make it tired. Each jump between entries, Bloodborne included, has a few differences which make tweaks to the formula, but the general fundamentals of the series have not changed at all. Character creation and progression, dark and imposing atmosphere, targeting enemies and dodging while waiting for the perfect second to strike.
It’s a load of fun, but you can only make it so many times before the brain craves something new.
Plus, I’ve never made it a secret that I disliked Dark Souls II. If Dark Souls and Bloodborne show that From Software can always improve on the system, Dark Souls II proves that it is not always infallible. If this carries on too long, those cracks will only be more visible with each passing entry, and impossible-to-please fans will begin to cry “foul!”
I hope Miyazaki makes his best game yet with Dark Souls III and then moves on to make his next masterpiece. No need to be a one-trick pony. Keep the creative juices flowing.