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From Software president and Dark Souls III director Hidetaka Miyazaki has recently given an interview to Japanese website 4gamer. While the full interview is only available in Japanese, Kotaku's Brian Ashcraft (who otherwise mostly covers pop culture news about Japan) translated some notable excerpts.
From what we're given to understand, Miyazaki isn't interested in pursuing another Dark Souls sequel at this time, but the company is already busy working on three new titles, one of which is an action-RPG which might be set in a dark fantasy setting. Could it be the Demon's Souls to Dark Souls III's King's Field?
“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.
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.
Personally, I greatly enjoyed Dark Souls III, but we've gotten several titles with this kind of gameplay in a few years, so I perfectly understand why From Software's developers want to take a break. Besides, I'm very eager to see what they can cook up when freed up from fans' expectations, now that they have truly proved their worth to the world and can benefit from much higher budgets and the keen eyes and hears of the audience and press worldwide.