Dark Souls 3 is Not The Final Dark Souls Game

By Keza MacDonald on at

In the wake of Dark Souls 3's official announcement at Microsoft's E3 press conference, a Bandai Namco press release circulated that gave the impression it might be the last Dark Souls game. Here's the quote in question:

"The DARK SOULS brand became a phenomenon thanks to amazing work from our dear partners FromSoftware and our very own BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment teams”. said Herve Hoerdt, Vice President of Marketing & Digital at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe. “But above all, we are blessed to have such a supportive and loving community, and we are happy to dedicate this final episode to them!"

Souls series mastermind and FROM Software president Hidetaka Miyazaki has since clarified that this is not the case. Here's what he said in a roundtable interview at E3 (via Eurogamer):

"First of all, this is not the final product for the Dark Souls series. However, I believe it's the turning point for the Dark Souls series. First of all, Dark Souls has a really unique worldview. It's not a good idea, continuously releasing titles for this series because of that factor. And this will probably be the turning point of From Software as a whole - it's the last project we started working on before I became president... they started working on this project when it was an older generation. So it's a turning point. It'll be a turning point, but it's not final."

 Miyazaki seems reluctant to keep pushing out Dark Souls games on the same timetable, which is very understandable given the nature of these games. But perhaps there are other things that can be done with this series beyond traditional sequels.
Miyazaki is co-directing Dark Souls 3 Isamu Okano, after taking a break from Dark Souls 2 to direct Bloodborne.