From Software, the developers behind the Dark Souls franchise, have stated they are working on two previously unannounced projects.
In an interview with 4Gamer (translated here by Gematsu), From Software president, Hidetaka Miyazaki noted that these projects are both “[From Software]-esque games” and that they will tell everyone more about them once they begin to “take shape.” Granted, that’s not much to go on at the moment, but Miyazaki’s reference to these games being “From Software-esque” does indicate a few things.
First off, that statement seems to suggest that these games will be in the Dark Souls/Bloodborne mold. What that means is open to some interpretation, but we’ve already seen that the upcoming Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will utilize elements of the Dark Souls series while also implementing some new gameplay features. It’s not out of the question that these projects might do something similar.
As for whether or not that means either of these projects is the long-awaited (but never confirmed) sequel to Bloodborne…well, there’s nothing that indicates that is the case. Bloodborne sold incredibly well and was pretty much universally beloved by fans and critics (we also think it’s one of the best gothic horror stories you’ll ever experience), but From Software hasn’t indicated that they’re interested in making more Bloodborne titles in the near future outside of reminding everyone that they loved that game just as much as the rest of us did.
If you believe that Miyazaki’s statements relate to the likelihood that these upcoming projects are somehow Souls-like in their nature, that also means that there’s a slim chance either of them are the previously teased Armored Core sequel. Of course, that phrase could be interpreted to mean that they are working on a From Software franchise, which Armored Core most certainly is.
In any case, expect to hear more information about these projects as we near some of the year’s biggest gaming shows.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.