RUMOR: Dark Souls III to be announced at Sony’s E3 briefing; Miyazaki assuming direct control.
Take this report with a tiny freaking grain of salt since a “source familiar with the matter” could easily be synonymous with the writer’s ass. Plus, these rumors are created on whims during the pre-E3 season when hype for the expected and unexpected is buzzing. Even if there IS a source for this supposedly reputable claim, that still does not guarantee a Dark Souls E3 presence (or a current existence for a third entry at all, for that matter).
Other factors to consider:
- Dark Souls II was announced 15-16 months after the release of Dark Souls I. Announcing Dark Souls III at this E3 would be consistent with the timing for the previous game, especially if it was aimed for a Holiday 2016 release.
- Dark Souls II was developed by a fundamentally separate team than DS1 and Bloodborne (a fact no one ever seems to shut up about when DSII is being discussed), so DS3 already being well into development is definitely possible.
- I don’t think anyone doubts a Dark Souls III was on its way sooner or later; the series is popular, profitable, and likely runs on a pretty meager budget and development schedule compared to other multi-million selling AAA franchises. It makes little sense for From or Namco to want to sleep on a third installment.
- Miyazaki apparently taking directorial control over Dark Souls III is especially strange though; we KNOW Bloodborne is getting more content, and I think we all suspected he’d naturally be in charge of that. Would he be managing the Bloodborne DLC and Dark Souls III?
- More puzzling though is that this would be the first actual Souls sequel Miyazaki handles himself. He seems very much a “one-and-done” guy with the establishment and development of his worlds and stories. Returning to Lordran/Drangleic/??? for a third game, especially after skipping the second one, seems highly suspect. Or perhaps this could be a Dark Souls III in name only, and might otherwise set up a totally new world and story.
- Or, more cynically, Miyazaki’s name might be used as something of a selling point that exaggerates his involvement, not unlike how Hideo Kojima was used to help market God of War: Lords of Shadow.
- The possibility of the game being revealed at the Sony presser is also total conjecture on behalf of this supposed source (which was tipped to me by Pa22; thanks buddy!).
This could end up being XB1 exclusive for all we know!
- But of course this is likely a bunch of BS, but hey, fun to speculate! Either way, we’ll find out in two weeks.