If you’re a fan of the Dark Souls series, get ready to go hollow. IGN reports that Director Hidetaka Miyazaki confirmed yesterday that Dark Souls III will be the final chapter in the series, stating that “Dark Souls is over”, and that FromSoftware is already working on a new IP.
“I think it’s time we take a step to a new direction,” Miyazaki explained in an interview with GGN Gamer (translated by NeoGAF users and Google Translate). “Development of a new IP has already begun.”
“There’s absolutely no plan right now for any sequels, spin-offs or tie-ins,” he continues. “But I can’t say for certain the possibility is 0%. For example, if a From Software developer comes to me five years from now and begs ‘please let me make another Dark Souls‘, then I will not rule out the possibility to let my subordinates start a new project. What is certain for now is, to me personally, Dark Souls is over.”
While Miyazaki has made clear that FromSoftware will not be revisiting Dark Souls or its predecessor, Demon Souls, anytime soon, Miyazaki did show interest in rebooting the popular Mech-Shooter, 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’s lineup, but I can’t reveal anything at the moment.”
Since its initial release in 2011, the Dark Souls series has been extremely popular with hardcore gamers, streamers, and speed runners. Dark Souls III was released in March of this year and sold over 200,000 copies in Japan its first two weeks of release. Two DLCs for the game are scheduled for release in the Fall of this year and early 2017.