In an interview with GNN Gamer, Hidetaka Miyazaki (creator of the Souls series), clarified a number of questions fans have wanted to know.
The first question relates to the DLC in Dark Souls 3:
Q: How many DLCs will there be?
A: We will make two large DLCs as planned. First one will be out in Fall 2016, Second one in Early 2017.
The second question asks about the future of the Dark Souls series:
Q: I know you said there won’t be any sequels and Dark Souls 3 marks the end of the series. But is this world really coming to an end? Is there a chance there would be some kind of DLC, spin-offs or tie-in novels set in this world?
A: Dark Souls 3 will be have several DLCs like previous games. But there’s absolutely no plan right now for any sequels, spin-offs or tie-ins. But I can’t say for certain the possibility is 0%. For example, if a FROM Software developer come to me five years from now and beg ‘please let me make another Dark Souls‘. Then I will not rule out the possibility to let my subordinates start a new project. What is certain for now is, to me personally Dark Souls is over. So rather than make another sequel, I think it’s time we take a step to a new direction. Development of a new IP has already begun.
The third question asks about the PS3 exclusive Demon’s Souls:
Q: So we won’t be seeing a Demons’s Souls sequel or remaster any time soon?
A: We want to try making new things.
And the last question talks about Armoured Core:
Q: What about Armored Core sequel?
A: Personally I want to do it. After all I was involved in three games in the series. Armored Core is one of the pillars of FROM Software's lineup, but I can't reveal anything at the moment.
So, what does all of this tell us? Miyazaki is definitely finished with the Dark Souls series, though it sounds like if someone within the company wanted to do a Dark Souls 2 (the only Souls game were Miyazaki acted only as a supervisor), he would allow it. As Bloodborne is not technically within the Souls series, we may see sequels to Bloodborne in the future.
Despite this news, the main thing to take away is that FromSoftware are currently developing a brand new IP.
Thank you to earvcunanan on NeoGAF forums for providing the translated interview.
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