It seems like the battle royale train is still going full steam ahead with no signs of stopping. Hidetaka Miyazaki, President of From Software, has stated their interest in the battle royale genre and the ubiquity of long-running ‘live service games, such as Destiny 2 and Anthem, that is the talk of the town right now.
From Software is famous for its menacingly difficult games such as Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls and Bloodborne. It even spawned a new genre dubbed Soulsborne games.
Miyazaki spoke to The Telegraph recently, and said that “there is always a possibility, as these games are definitely fun”. He added that the company is “interested in the patterns they are taking. If we did it, it might be a bit different! But we’re definitely interested and there’s definitely that possibility in the future. We’d love to take a crack at them some day.”
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Miyazaki also pointed out the importance of single-player adventures, like From Software’s upcoming game, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. He said it should not be ignored as it is an integral part of the games industry and is key to the industry’s longevity.
“Single-player action games don’t feel too rare in the current climate,” he says. “While Devil May Cry 5 has some online elements, it’s coming out two weeks before our game. And that’s a very single-player focussed experience. We’ve also had God of War and Spider-Man.”
He also added that ‘this diversity is needed in the industry’.
“We do need this diversity in the industry. Regardless of what From Software is doing, we need people making battle royale games and live services and we need people making single-player focussed experiences.
We feel that this diversity is what will keep everyone going.”
Imagine a battle royale with Soulsborne combat mechanics: it would be one hell of a game that I would look forward to.