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Dark Souls Creator Now From Software's President

Hidetaka Miyazaki has now assumed a very high position of power at his company.

Not long after From Software was acquired by Kadokawa, there's more change happening at the Japanese developer. Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki is now the president of the company, according to news translated by Gamasutra.

Miyazaki stepped away as the director from Dark Souls II, though he did oversee the game's development. He was tasked with coming up with a new game, largely believed to be the leaked/rumored/probably true Project Beast.

Dark Souls went under the name Project Dark while it was in development.

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Posted by ripelivejam

next: Project Happy Bunnies

Posted by BeachThunder

Japanese Max Temkin??

Posted by conmulligan

Seems like a no-brainer.

Posted by Sarumarine

Expect all FromSoftware games to be 50% meaner. Haha.

Edited by Bicycle_Repairman

The true Dark Souls, starts here.

Posted by paulunga

...who was the previous president?

Posted by Generic_username

I'm trying to come up with some Dark-Souls related joke, but nothing is coming to mind.

Something about kindling a flame...? I don't know. It probably wouldn't work.

Posted by Viking_Funeral

I've said this elsewhere, but I'd rather have him developing games. Perhaps he can do that better as President, but I tend to think of what happened with Iwata and Nintendo. The man was a genius level programmer (and I mean legendary level) and now he appears on streams holding bananas. So... yeah. Hope that doesn't happen to Miyazaki.

Posted by alwaysbebombing

Did anyone else have a ridiculously hard time reading this because the fucking company's name is "From Software"

Posted by jagehtso

Looks like all of their games will be very dignified from now on.

Posted by ADAMWD

@paulunga: They may have not had one. Could be a shift made in accordance with the Kadokawa acquisiton.

Posted by CornBREDX

Cool, seems like good news. Dude's talented- being that he created the best game in the last decade and all that.

Posted by RonGalaxy

Get ready for From Soulsware and infinite games with 'souls' in the name that troll the shit out of you. It is what will appease him the most

Posted by Humanity

Please let's change that title to DEMONS SOULS creator, so people know he's associated with the better part of the franchise.

Edited by HammondofTexas

Posted by latros

@humanity: .... Ugh, you're one of those people ....

Posted by DrZing

Sure, he can be the President and still design amazing games: it's real life New Game + mode! I'm so pleased at the growth in popularity of all the Souls games in the last year or two and I hope From keeps making them harder and more intense. Also, to whoever said otherwise, From Software is a badass name! Never change, Japan.

Edited by patrickklepek

@humanity said:

Please let's change that title to DEMONS SOULS creator, so people know he's associated with the better part of the franchise.

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Posted by pinner458

Japanese Max Temkin??

Lol, that's actually not too much of a stretch of the imagination for me.

Posted by Xshinobi

I wish From would make Otogi 3.

Posted by BanzaiBandito

The man deserves his promotion. I hope From continues to grow in quality and influence.

Posted by Marz

bet he praised the sun when he found out how big his pay raise was.

Posted by BatmanBatman

Don't you dare go Hollow!

Posted by Springfart

Praise the sun!

Posted by chiablo

@humanity said:

Please let's change that title to DEMONS SOULS creator, so people know he's associated with the better part of the franchise.

Silly Patrick, this isn't Tumblr. :p

Posted by Jamin724

The Real Souls Starts Now!

Posted by joachimo

@humanity said:

Please let's change that title to DEMONS SOULS creator, so people know he's associated with the better part of the franchise.

thats not the better part of the franchise

Posted by realkman

I'm trying to come up with some Dark-Souls related joke, but nothing is coming to mind.

Something about kindling a flame...? I don't know. It probably wouldn't work.

VICTORY ACHIEVED

Posted by realkman

Maybe now there won't be more cheap rehashes of well-treaded ground like DS2.

Posted by Dixego
@joachimo said:

@humanity said:

Please let's change that title to DEMONS SOULS creator, so people know he's associated with the better part of the franchise.

thats not the better part of the franchise

That is absolutely the best part of the franchise.

Posted by SomeJerk

On stage E3 showing off Project Beast please.

Posted by LonelySpacePanda

Passive voice, Patrick? tsk tsk.

Posted by arch4non

Looking forward to the next Armored Souls.

Posted by ftrevelin

Don't like this way of thinking: "oh someone is good at something we like, let's make him/her stop doing that good thing and become the leader of us all." Maybe it works out well for them, but I think it's dumb.

Posted by pyrodactyl

@dixego said:
@joachimo said:

@humanity said:

Please let's change that title to DEMONS SOULS creator, so people know he's associated with the better part of the franchise.

thats not the better part of the franchise

That is absolutely the best part of the franchise.

Demon's souls is a broken, easily exploitable mess. It was revolutionary and awesome when it came out but it was surpassed by dark souls (also created by Miyazaki) in almost every way.

Posted by Sarumarine

@dixego said:
@joachimo said:

@humanity said:

Please let's change that title to DEMONS SOULS creator, so people know he's associated with the better part of the franchise.

thats not the better part of the franchise

That is absolutely the best part of the franchise.

There's a very scientific process we can use to figure this out.

Did one of those games have the Maneaters? Fuck that game.

Did one of those games have the Bed of Chaos? Fuck that game.

Looks like it's a tie! They're both great entries in the Souls series. Conversation decided! Haha.

Posted by RazielCuts

ctrl + f 'praise' '1 of 2' *leaves happy*

Posted by Humanity

@humanity said:

Please let's change that title to DEMONS SOULS creator, so people know he's associated with the better part of the franchise.

You've captured the essence of what it looks like when Dark Souls fans try to downplay Demons just perfectly! Ahh yes.. more Demons Souls goodness awaits us now that he won't be forced to make that terrible Dark Souls drivel anymore Patrick! I'll "praise the sun" to that!

Posted by paulunga

@dixego said:
@joachimo said:

@humanity said:

Please let's change that title to DEMONS SOULS creator, so people know he's associated with the better part of the franchise.

thats not the better part of the franchise

That is absolutely the best part of the franchise.

While I agree with the sentiment, people arguing about it shows pretty clearly that it's not "absolutely" the best part. Subjectively, yes, at least for me and some others here.

Posted by Lysergica33

Who cares whether Dark or Demon's Souls is better. They're both fucking awesome for totally different reasons, now let the praising commence!

\o/

Posted by Dan_CiTi

As someone who watched people stream the Asian version of Demon's Souls and bought the US version day one, as well as loved Dark Souls 1 and 2, all I have learned recently with the Project Beast news is how overrated those games are and how elitist their fans can get. None of those games are anywhere near perfect, and obviously Patrick used the word Dark Souls because Dark Souls is the most popular game in the series.

Posted by Mezmero

Give that man an invisible orange.

Posted by jiggajoe14
Posted by j0lter

*project beast intensifies*

Posted by KenpachiRamaSama

So I guess no more Kings field ever.

Oh well. It had a decent run.

Posted by KenpachiRamaSama

@humanity: You do know they don't own the Demons Souls name anymore right? So no more Demon's souls. Ever.

Posted by Bombzinski

Nice to see talent get recognition, in short Good Job!

Edited by Sunjammer

@kenpachiramasama: In all fairness, Dark Souls feels so much like King's Field it'd be kind of weird to see a new one of those anyway.

In memoriam:

Posted by TheHT

@humanity said:

Please let's change that title to DEMONS SOULS creator, so people know he's associated with the better part of the franchise.

http://media2.giphy.com/media/S3Ot3hZ5bcy8o/giphy.gif

Posted by Humanity

@humanity: You do know they don't own the Demons Souls name anymore right? So no more Demon's souls. Ever.

I know, and I was just saying that as a joke, although I do prefer the Demon's world to the Dark. In all seriousness and back on topic, good for him, it's good to see someone's hard work be rewarded. Although without any real knowledge of what that title actually pertains, I wonder if it's something he'd want and if it's not going to put him into a lot of meetings that deal with budgets and logistics instead of actually designing games.

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