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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.

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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 Saltank

Praise the sun!!!

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Posted By HerbieBug

Good man! :D

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Posted By Roland1979

@divergence: Go to the NeoGAF forum's during a big gaming event like E3. You'll be flooded with animated gif's. So he's good at making games... so he knows how to run a company? Time will tell.

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Posted By LunarBreeze

Maybe now he can make that "FPS game in a world without ammo" he's been thinking about.

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Posted By Wicked_Wumpus

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

Yes! I was like, what has Patrick been smoking?!?

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Posted By bybeach

That guy scares me a little.

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Posted By divergence

woah, the animated gifs are getting out of control. Thought that was a 90's thing. God. Anyway, just call it Beast Soul Master 200X, I don't give a shit. Looks awesome.

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Posted By conmulligan

@conmulligan said:

Seems like a no-brainer.

Eh... Taking an obvious "creative" type and sticking him in a more bureaucratic position could end up as a lose-lose for everyone involved. I definitely don't know enough about him to call it a "no-brainer." It's a vastly different job type.

I don't think it is a vastly different job type. Since they've been acquired, director is likely to be a more creative position, and he's already lead teams which is perfectly good experience for leading a studio.

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@landmine said:

Seems like a dignified position.

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Posted By spicy_jasonator

Passive voice, Patrick? tsk tsk.

Both uses of passive in the article are totally appropriate and better choices than active. If there was never a time to use passive voice, we wouldn't have it.

I have no idea what Miyazaki being president actually means for the company, but hopefully it's him having more control over the games the make and not him being too busy running the place to actually work on games.

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Posted By LaserJesus

Hopefully he'll bring some dignity to the day-to-day operations.

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Posted By Landmine

Seems like a dignified position.

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Posted By Zleunamme

I know this is a long shot. I was hoping that From Software would make a reboot or re-imagining of Tenchu: Stealth Assassins.

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Posted By bboymaestro

That dude looks like he would make the Souls games. Straight excited about trolls and knights and shit.

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Posted By Mr_Creeper

Fuck it. "Praise the Sun."

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Posted By Jeust
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Posted By crithon

well.... first order of business, work on Metal Wolf 2.

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Posted By Mortuss_Zero

Interesting I suppose, remains to be seen what this actually means in the long run.

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Posted By onan

Project Beast: Dark Souls-esque attempt to cash in on lucrative Monster Hunter craze

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Posted By ViciousAnchovy

@cthomer5000: Just to add to the many comments about Souls preferences, I would agree that DS 2 is definitely the weakest in terms of atmosphere/style; but, as integral as those elements are to the Souls experience, I think the refinements to the gameplay and variety to the action on DS2 put it on top. I'm not trying to combat your opinion in particular; I just thought your post was a good one to respond to since it seems to actually touch on what I feel people constantly have the debates about the Souls games for: the art direction.

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Posted By VaddixBell

I'm happy to see it, he's made games that are his personal vision and weren't designed by committee and it shows with DeS and DaS. I hope now with him at the helm, we see more games that follow from that same mentality of sticking with their vision and are unique.

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Edited By JohnTunoku

Always happy to see a developer getting to lead instead of a suit.

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Posted By AV_Gamer

He earned it. You can't argue with success.

Get ready for more awesome Soul games in the future.

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Posted By cthomer5000

And as to the best-ness of the games. I played them in the following order: Dark Souls, Demon's Souls, Dark Souls 2. DS2 is definitely the weakest of the bunch, and I can see the merits of the first two games. I thought the level design of Dark Souls 1 put it over the top thought. It's really an incredibly intricate setup that provides a number of "oh, this connects to THAT" moments.

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Posted By cthomer5000

Seems like a no-brainer.

Eh... Taking an obvious "creative" type and sticking him in a more bureaucratic position could end up as a lose-lose for everyone involved. I definitely don't know enough about him to call it a "no-brainer." It's a vastly different job type.

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Posted By QuadCannon

Where is Chromehounds?

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Edited By GeneralBison

Looks like he's auditioning to be the 5th member of Immortal in that thumbnail

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Edited By Mikemcn

It would be terrifying to work under that guy, all doorways in the office would be filled with fog.

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Posted By Kovski

@nikz said:

So can we get an Otogi 3? And a 1+2 remake collection. Best games From has made :D

Heck yeah they are! I too would want to see a Otogi 3 made.Otogi 1&2 is one of those real gems on the original xbox that I always bring up when people said it had no good exclusive games.

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Posted By poisonjam7

So, this is the man responsible for my nightmares....

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Posted By spraynardtatum

Hidetaka Miyazaki is a champion

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Posted By nickhead

Beast Souls

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Posted By MooseyMcMan

Good for him!

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Posted By KenpachiRamaSama

@sunjammer: I don't know I think that Kings Field world felt even bleaker and more dangerous then either Dark or Demon's worlds. That might just be because of the first person view making it so enemies could sneak up on you easier. Oh well its not really a sad thing to see it go since it does live on in a way.

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Edited By NikzB

So can we get an Otogi 3? And a 1+2 remake collection. Best games From has made :D

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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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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.

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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.

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Posted By Bombzinski

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

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Posted By KenpachiRamaSama

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

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Posted By KenpachiRamaSama

So I guess no more Kings field ever.

Oh well. It had a decent run.

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Posted By j0lter

*project beast intensifies*

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Posted By Mezmero

Give that man an invisible orange.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Posted By RazielCuts

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

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