I hope you get the most out of Dark Souls III, because it’s the last you’ll be seeing of it if this latest proclamation from series creator Hidetaka Miyazaki sticks.
In an interview with Taiwanese gaming website GNN Gamer, Miyazaki makes it pretty clear that he has moved on from the franchise, and there are currently no plans to make a follow-up.
Dark Souls 3 will be have several DLCs like previous games. But there is absolutely no plan right now for any sequels, spin-offs, or tie-ins.
If a From Software developer come to me five years from now and begged, ‘please let me make another Dark Souls,’ then I will not rule out the possibility to let my subordinates start a new project.
We’ve known for a while that Miyazaki had been hoping to move beyond the Dark Souls brand and help establish his company with new franchises. With Dark Souls III in the books and once again garnering the same critical praise as those which came before it, Miyazaki and his team have taken the opportunity to jump into something new for a change.
What is certain for now is, to me personally Dark Souls is over, so rather than make another sequel, I think it’s time we take a step to a new direction. Development of a new IP has already begun.
Keep in mind that while From Software might be finished with Dark Souls, that doesn’t mean Bandai Namco is. The publisher has no doubt lavished itself in the critical and financial success of this franchise and probably doesn’t want that to end. It is possible that it picks up development rights from From Software and ships them off somewhere else, but then again… that’s the beginning of the end, isn’t it?
Do you really want that for Dark Souls? Probably not.
Miyazaki also commented on the status of From Software’s former marquee franchise, Armored Core.
Personally, I want to do it. After all, I was involved in three games in the series. Armored Core is one of the pillars of From Software Software’s lineup. But I cannot yet reveal anything.
Dark Souls III is available now for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.