Dark Souls Creator Hidetaka Miyazaki Is Conflicted About a Demon's Souls Remaster

Dark Souls Creator Hidetaka Miyazaki Is Conflicted About a Demon's Souls Remaster

"I just don't like to look at my previous works."

From Software's "Soulsborne" genre of hardcore, dark fantasy action-RPGs began with 2009's Demon's Souls. But when asked about the possibility of a remaster, series director Hidetaka Miyazaki didn't seem too eager to personally revisit this beloved game.

"It's like when you write – when you're younger, you look back on [previous work] and you think 'Oh, goodness what was I thinking," Miyazaki said when Game Informer asked him about remastering Demon's Souls. "It's not that I'm embarrassed, I just don't like to look at my previous works."

Demon's Souls kicked off From Software's series of dark action-adventure RPGs, and it will be 10 this February. Unfortunately for fans, official Demon's Souls servers went offline last year. While Demon's Souls' main game is still playable, the online functionalities which formed a core part of the gameplay are no longer available. This is partly why a remaster is so appealing to fans.

Miyazaki reveals that ultimately, it's Sony's call, as they own the IP. But Miyazaki admits that he has a soft spot for Demon's Souls as it "was the first fantasy game that I created or I directed," he says. As such, if there's a studio "that really loved the original work and really put their heart and souls into realizing it again," then he'd be receptive to a remaster.

There are a lot of talented studios out there developing remasters for older video games that are no doubt qualified to take on a Demon's Souls project with gusto. I'm sure Sony will have no problem finding a studio that can impress Miyazaki with its passion if it ever decides to move forward with the oft-requested remaster.

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Matt Kim

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