The future of the Dark Souls series has been called into question over the past few years, with FromSoftware seemingly ending the series with Dark Souls III and moving on to other projects.
FromSoftware announced two new games at the recent E3 Conference: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Déraciné, the former of which seems like an action game in the style of Bloodborne, while the latter is an adventure game for the PlayStation VR.
There have been conflicting reports and interviews with the FromSoftware staff over the past few years which have raised doubts over the prospects of a Dark Souls IV, but it seems that we finally have a conclusive answer as to whether the series has reached its conclusion.
Hidetaka Miyazaki spoke to IGN during the recent E3 Conference and discussed the future of the Souls series while talking about the development of Déraciné. Miyazaki is the president of FromSoftware and has acted as the Director of Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Dark Souls III.
Déraciné represents a temporary shift for FromSoftware, whose output has mostly consisted of action games in recent years, but Hidetaka Miyazaki has claimed that this change won't last forever, as the team at FromSoftware wanted to take a break from working on the Souls series. Miyazaki made sure to clarify that this didn't mean that the team had abandoned the series, which means that Dark Souls IV (and a potential sequel to Bloodborne) are still on the cards.
The upcoming Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice reminded a lot of fans of Bloodborne, with its emphasis on fast-paced and gory action, over the more subdued combat system of the Souls series. This suggested to some that the FromSoftware wanted to expand their horizons with the action genre so that they would try different settings and styles of gameplay.
The hype surrounding Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is intense, with its initial trailer being one of the highlights of an otherwise lackluster E3. There were some fans who thought that Sekiro represented the end of the Souls series, but Hidetaka Miyazaki has confirmed that the bonfires are still lit and that we will return to the hellish fantasy world of things that want to brutally slay us in the future.that