Demon's Souls creator says a remake could happen, but under the direction of another studio

Hidetaka Miyazaki appears to be done with both Souls and Bloodborne properties, although he's open to letting other teams work on either/or.

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GameSpot editor Eddie Makuch has published an extensive interview with From Software president and Demon's Souls/Dark Souls/Bloodborne director Hidetaka Miyazaki. Among topics such as Dark Souls 3 breaking franchise sales records and future plans for the studio, the "SoulsBorne" creator reiterated that he has no plans to direct a remake of Demon's Souls, although another studio could get the go-ahead from Sony, owner of the property.

"The Dark Souls series is Bandai Namco Entertainment's IP, and Demon's Souls and Bloodborne is Sony Interactive Entertainment's IP. Hence, the decision to do a remake or remastering is under their jurisdiction," he explained.

"For me and for From Software, I don't think we'll be involved with their happening, but it could happen through another developer."

Not only does Miyazaki have little interest in revisiting Demon's Souls, he's been vocal about wanting to make a clean break from the SoulsBorne series. Miyazaki said that Dark Souls 3, released back in April, should be considered the end of his involvement in both Souls and Bloodborne titles.

"Just as it's been announced, we have two DLCs planned [for Dark Souls 3], but as it stands now, I'm not thinking about making any sequels or spin-offs. That applies to Bloodborne as well."

Note, however, that the director is leery of using the word finish in conjunction with either property.

"If someone says they want to make a Dark Souls game using the latest in technology, and if it is sufficiently attractive, then it wouldn’t be fair for me to just finish the series. To add, I can't deny the fact that, maybe down the line, I want to go back to the series and make one more game before I retire. I don't want to be branded a liar if that happens [laughs]."

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at davidlcraddock.com and @davidlcraddock.

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      July 8, 2016 12:48 PM

      It just a shame that games take long enough to make that Miyazaki has his order of business planned out to near retirement already.

      I wish we could see more game creators making games into their 70s and beyond, like we see in the film world.

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      July 8, 2016 7:13 PM

      Demon's Souls was so good. The locations and enemy designs we're great.

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        July 8, 2016 7:40 PM

        It was. A modernized remake of demons with the technical benefits they have had over the years would be great. As a bonus they could "fix" the one marker in the nexus and add another world in. Would be nice to see. From a lore and atmosphere standpoint Demons is still my favorite. It was also my first Souls game so it holds that extra special place in my heart.

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          July 8, 2016 11:22 PM

          yup, same here. nothing beats demons.

          opening the fabled "land of the giants" would be awesome. (i thinks thats what is was)

          with modern tech and the improvements theyve mad to UI and such. Would be nice.

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      July 9, 2016 12:51 AM

      I would love to see another studio rebuild Demon's Souls. Really didn't like From Software's version, but it had a lot of great things in there that they were able to refine further for Dark Souls. Would love if they loaned out Yui Tanimura to help a third party team realize their vision, although I can't think of any existing company that could pull it off. The current pool of talent is almost exclusively from Euro RPG devs like Deck 13, and...I don't know. I don't think it'd pan out.

      All I really want is a game with both Yurt and Lautrec in it and that'll never happen...so fuck it. :(

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