If you didn’t think the difficulty of Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls satisfied you, then you should probably seek some therapy. Alternatively, you could wait for a sequel, which is definitely on its way according to developer From Software. However, if the latest info is any indication, it may disappoint masochists due to a potentially lowered difficulty.

The R&D head Masanori Takeuchi told Gametrailers “Of course, it’s not over yet,” adding that “We’ve always been enamored by dark fantasy action RPGs. That’s just been our core DNA and I think we’ll continue to utilize that.” There you have it. It’s most certainly going to happen.

Interestingly enough, it might not be as difficult this time around. Executive producer Eiichi Nakajima has “We’ve always been about making games for the core gamer, and [the Souls games] weren’t necessarily games that did well financially, which is too bad… the success of both Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls, which have each sold over a million [units] per title worldwide, has made us shift our thinking internally to not just core gamers, but to globalize our products, that they can be successful on a worldwide scale.” I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds like fancy-speak for ‘we’re streamlining the game and/or making it easier.’

What do you guys think? Should the games be simplified? Personally, I think the difficulty of the Souls games helped them to stand out. Take that away, and what is left that’s really unique?


Michael Urban
Now an occasional contributer, Michael Urban is the former Editor-in-Chief at OnlySP and has the nickname "Breadcrab" for reasons his therapist still doesn't understand. From the moment he first got hacked in Runescape, he's been uninterested in multiplayer games and has pursued the beauty of the single-player experience, especially in terms of story and creative design. His hobbies include reading, writing, singing in the shower, pretending to be productive, and providing info and feedback regarding the games industry. It is an industry, right? You can ask him a question or send him spam at michaelurban@onlysp.escapistmagazine.com. Also, follow him on Twitter or the terrorists win. (@MichaelUrban1)

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