Dark Souls: No Sequel Planned Currently?
If you didn’t let its reputation for being insanely difficult get in the way of checking out RPG action title Dark Souls and kicking butt, you might want to sit down for this unpleasant bit of news. Sure, Dark Souls won a lot of new fans for its graphic realism, its hard hitting action, and its single minded focus on establishing its RPG bonafides.
Sure, it excited and reinvigorated fans of its ‘spiritual predecessor’ title Demon’s Souls. Unfortunately, the presence of some technical issues in Dark Souls is sapping the motivation of its developer, From Software, from creating a succeeding title in the same universe as Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls. According to creative director Hidetaka Miyazaki, there were quite a few bugs in Dark Souls and he is apologizing to the game’s fanbase for these bugs. He made it clear that, even though Dark Souls was a huge game and involved a large scale world with a large scale budget to back it up, these bugs were not acceptable. It appears that the presences of such bugs in the game left so much egg on the face of the developer that Miyazaki was non-commital whether From Software will follow up Dark Souls with another “spiritual successor.” He is unsure if the fans will forgive From Software for the bugs.
Somebody needs to remind Miyazaki that the mere presence of technical issues isn’t a kiss of death for a game franchise. Take the example of Fallout. It was the victim of numerous bugs (some of them laugh out loud funny) but it’s gone on to several installments now. Maybe Miyazaki just wants fans to clamor for a new installment. There’s a lot to clamor about since Dark Souls racked up 1.5 million units shipped and was the number 6 best selling title in the month it was released.