As a fan of FromSoftware’s Souls series, I woke up to some interesting news this morning. Hidetaka Miyazaki, creator and lead director of Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls, is now president of FromSoftware, according to an official statement released earlier today and translated by Gamasutra.
Miyazaki, known affectionately to the community as “Big M” and “the troll who put the fucking silver knight archers in Anor Londo,” is the creative genius behind the Souls series. But what (if anything) does his promotion mean for future Souls games?
On one hand, it sounds awesome: I quite like the idea of Miyazaki-san being in charge of FromSoftware (congratulations by the way!). On the other hand, I worry that Miyazaki’s responsibilities as president will leave him with little time, if any, to work on future Souls games directly.
Which would be a damn shame. Miyazaki knows the aesthetic, mechanics, and lore of Souls games better than anyone else (which is kind of a no-brainer seeing as he created the IP). Case in point, Dark Souls II: although still an excellent game, many (myself included) think it’s inferior to its predecessors, partially because Miyazaki was less involved in its development.
Dark Souls ends with a choice: to link the fire, using yourself as kindling, or just walk away, plunging the world into even greater darkness. Perhaps, like Lord Gwyn who sacrificed himself to the First Flame, Miyazaki has also chosen to link the fire.