Dark Souls Series Is Done, According to From Software President Miyazaki
(Last Updated On: March 29, 2017)

If you have been a long-standing fan of the Dark Souls Series, you might be disappointed to hear that the beloved, hardcore dungeon crawler series, has sadly come to an end.

According to From Software’s president, Hidetaka Miyazaki, the entire Dark Souls series is now completely finished and done with, with the Dark Souls 3: The Ring City DLC, being the final game expansion for the trilogy. Twitter user 黒凧 BlackKite, translated Miyazaki’s series of messages that he posted on Twitter, so that we could read exactly what Miyazaki had to say about the end of the series. I quote below –

Hidetaka Miyazaki: Dark Souls series is completely done as of DS3: The Ringed City. At least for now we don’t have any future plans for it.

 

Miyazaki went on to say that the series has its mistakes and he didn’t implement everything he wanted in the series, but it was overall a blessed series.

Miyazaki: I dont think I’ve implemented all I wanted. Each Dark Souls games have their own mistakes but I think overall its a blessed series

Even though Dark Souls is done, the president went on to say that they have several new interesting projects that they are working on, but they aren’t focused on copying the Dark Souls formula.

From Miyazaki: Currently working on a number of games that should be interesting. We’re not concerned about whether they resemble DS or not.

 

I’m personally okay with the news that they are ending the series, instead of running a good series into the ground by milking it for money. Deciding to end it on a high note isn’t such a bad thing, but at the same time, I understand there will be a few people that are disappointed that their favorite hardcore dungeon exploring RPG has come to a triumphant end. However, Miyazaki did say “At least for now we don’t have any future plans for it,” so that doesn’t mean never. Thanks also to BlackKite for taking the time to translate and share the message for the rest of us.

I’m curious to see what the developers at From Software is cooking up and what they will have in store for us in the future, and if their upcoming games will be as successful as the Dark Souls series.

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  • FailDRE86

    I hope they go back to doing mech games

  • BubbaHoTep

    It’s good that it’s going off on a higher note, rather than the life being sucked out of it. I believe they’re working on another Armored Core, so that’s something to look forward to.

  • Disqusted

    Sometimes on JP streams I watch, people say they want Dark Souls 4. I feel like I wasn’t quite happy with 2 and 3, but at the same time, I don’t want to keep seeing shitty sequels.

    Let’s hope they make something similar and good, but different. Hope they improve their character creation, too.

    • Disqusted

      Reading that last Q&A with Miyazaki. Here’s a more detailed translation. The question is if there are any games he’d like to try his hand at or develop. His answer is that they’re already working on several, but they can’t say anything because it’ll spoil them. The only thing he can say is that their stance on game dev hasn’t changed: they aren’t consciously aiming to be like or not like Dark Souls, and without concerning themselves as such, they’re just intending to make worthwhile, interesting games.

  • FlamingoJet

    Good, see you later.

    Glad they aren’t going to keep dragging it out just to make money.

  • SevTheBear

    Sounds good to me. End the series while it’s at the top in it’s genre and let people have fond memories of it

    • Agreed.

      When they decide to make another, people will be excited for it and have fond memories, opposite of franchises like Mass Effect.

  • durka durka

    “done” more like picking a new name and continuing on, remember kings field series?

    From software doesnt know how to make anything but this series……well there is armored core. A armored core game on pc would be fun.

    • fnd

      Kings field, Dark tower… Maybe it’s time for them to go back to first person. If only they could go open world like Gothic it would be great, open world without shitty combat.

      • Man I forgot about the Gothic series… you’re right about the combat being crappy, lol. They also had Mass Effect: Andromeda faces. But it was forgivable because they were a low-budget studio.

        • fnd

          And it was early 2000. Like the SJW’s says, it’s the Current Year(tm).

          • It’s frightening how often I see millennials throw that around… especially on YouTube when some video contains some politically incorrect content. Some douche bag millennial is there to say “Why is this still a thing? It’s [current year]”

            I always take a moment to remind them of their cuckitude and their betaism.

            But you know gaming is funked up bad when a game from the early aughts can hang with an AAA $40 mil game from EA. Gaming has regressed bad… real bad.

      • durka durka

        I look forward to Ellex but risen 2 and 3 were wank/

  • harlanwade

    Dark Souls 3 certainly was a great game to end the series on, with the final boss bringing the series full circle in such a beautiful way. I still remember my reaction when the music changed and those piano notes played that familiar song.
    Here’s hoping for a Bloodborne 2, though.

  • ScarredBushido

    I just want to understand the lore and characters but im confused as hell. That is the only problem i have with the series.

    • durka durka

      The creator himself said he made it all up because he played western rpgs without understanding english, so i dont think there is anything to understand.

      • Disqusted

        Except there’s plenty to understand in Japanese.

        • durka durka

          and you speak japanese?

      • fnd

        I remember how hard it was to play jrpg’s without understanding japanese. Then i got in english and suddenly jrpg’s became the easiest genre to me.

    • daniel_ream

      I love the series to pieces, but I have to admit I just don’t have the patience for the one-slip-and-you-die game design any more. To quote a game reviewer from a few years back on this kind of grinding:

      “I feel like I put my time in on the SNES. I want to get to the dragon killing.”

      • Disqusted

        I feel it’s more of a grind to keep doing the same boring thing over and over again when there’s no challenge or anything.

        What I like about games like Dark Souls is once you get good enough, you can go to the hard stuff much earlier. Grinding is only really there if/when you can’t do that. Other games force you to grind even if you’re a good player, and I hate that.

        • ScarredBushido

          i love the atmosphere of Dark souls and Blood bourne. which is weird because i really am not a fan of Western medieval setting. might have something to do with these games being really dark rather then your a hero and you save a town ect

          • While it might be a Western medieval setting, both games seem to lean more towards French Gothic and pre-Victorian designs. Bloodborne is obviously a little later in the era than Dark Souls… but I suppose you could say it’s European Gothica through the eyes of a Japanese artist. Or at least, that’s how I interpreted the games.

            The art also seems to influence the story — like you mentioned — where it’s more about trying to survive a journey through the anatomy of despair as opposed to trying to be a super hero.

    • Disqusted

      There are tons of videos on YouTube that dive into the lore and stuff. Wikis should explain a decent amount as well.