My theory is that dark souls was slow to boil, I don’t think FS ever expected their series to take off like it did. Anyone who wants to be as successful as FS wouldn’t make a dark souls clone, they’d go make a mobile game, for example. It really is the epitome of a niche product that got big with other developing markets like content creation and streaming. Not to say Elden Ring isn’t a good game, it does exceed players’ expectations. I’m not interested in Dark Souls gameplay, but I love watching streamers play it, and it makes for incredibly entertaining bite-sized clips.