During a preview event in Tokyo hosted by Bandai Namco, Dark Souls III Director and From Software President Hidetaka Miyazaki took questions in a round-table interview with various gaming publications. The interview focused largely on the game’s expansion Ashes of Ariandel and on the studio’s future plans.
Here are all the salient bits to come from the interview:
About PS4 Pro Support for Dark Souls III
“Currently From Software and Bandai Namco have been communicating on how we should deal with the PS4 Pro. That includes not just whether we’ll support it or not, but also what we should do on a graphics level, what should we do with the frames per second and that kind of things. So yeah, we have been talking about it, but we haven’t yet decided anything officially.”
Are there going to be more Dark Souls games in the future?
“Personally, I don’t feel like creating new Souls games, however, I don’t want to completely deny the potential of other developers from From Software bringing back the Dark Souls franchise in the future.
While I’d personally like to end the Dark Souls franchise, I’d still feel sad doing so. While I might not work on Dark Souls games myself, I would bring some of the good things from them, like in-game elements or product development experience to new Dark Souls-like games or franchises in the future.
When I say Dark Souls-like games, they could be dark fantasy-like games with an element of sense of accomplishment due to overcoming difficulties, which is very unique to to the Souls franchise.”
Is your next game going to be dark fantasy as well? Or maybe there will be mecha in it?
“There are several titles that we are currently working on, and those are not just dark fantasy or mecha games. Some of those are dark fantasy, some could involve mecha… But one new title that we’ve been working on will probably comply with the expectations of the fans in a straightforward manner.
A last thing is that another title will probably be a little bit weird. When we’ll actually announce that title, probably the fans will react like “oh, what the hell is this game that Miyazaki has created?”
About a new Armored Core:
“We are working on Armored Core.”
No further details were divulged on the topic.
Should Dark Souls III‘s DLCs be considered like a sequel of the main game, or they are completely separate story-wise?
“The theme of the DLC is actually independent from the main game. The theme of the main game is actually completed within the main game itself.”
Here’s the full interview.
The most exciting news for me here has to be the mention of a new Armored Core. Yes please.
Tyler Fischer is a Senior Writer for MONG who plays video games when he’s not busy researching alien conspiracy theories at 2AM. You can find him on Twitter.