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Nothing in the works for a new Demon's Souls, Sony's Yoshida said

While inspired by Demon's Souls, and created by the game's director, it's not a sequel, it's not a spiritual inspiration, it's something entirely new, said Sony's head of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida. The game came about after a years-long break in the relationship between From Software's Hidetaka Miyazaki and Sony. Yoshida said Sony went back to Miyazaki to "reopen" that relationship on the suggestion of some producers. "We had an opportunity to reopen the relationship," Yoshida said. "And going into the launch of PS4, our producers proposed that we should work together with the From team and Miyazaki-san to make something new on a new platform. "That resonated really well with Miyazaki-san." The relationship was a long one, in particular with Yoshida, who was the account...


Is Bloodborne good enough to stand in Dark Souls' shoes?

But now we know that the game is actually called Bloodborne there are still a lot of questions. Can it repeat the success of its predecessors? Will the game still work different setting with Demon's Souls style gameplay? If this is your first episode, Friends List is a daily web series where we have one-on-one talks about a single question related to video games. The goal is to give Polygon's many team members across the globe and those involved in covering, designing and releasing games, an opportunity to speak with you. Today on Friends List, Senior Reporter Colin Campbell and Deputy Reviews Editor Phil Kollar ask: Is Bloodborne good enough to stand in Dark Souls' shoes? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only...


Bloodborne is not Dark Souls; here's how it should set itself apart

There's a very simple explanation for why it's not titled "Dark Souls 3," of course. That franchise is most likely owned by publisher Namco Bandai. But Dark Souls was a spin-off of Demon's Souls, which was itself (like Bloodborne) a collaboration between From Software and Sony. So why not call it Demon's Souls 2? Or "Something Else" Souls? There's good reason actually: This is Miyazaki and From Software's chance to make some big changes and take bold risks with the proven formula they've mastered. I love all three Souls games for many reasons, but three is a perfect number to stop on — or at least take a break. With that in mind, I've put together a few thoughts on how I would like to see From Software set Bloodborne apart from what has come before. No more callbacks Even in the...


Bloodborne has an illness, a journey and a terribly twisted town

Bloodborne pilgrims seeking solace in an ancient city may not get what they're looking for, according to a PlayStation Blog post from Sony Japan Studio's Masaaki Yamagiwa. Revealed at Sony's E3 2014 press conference, Bloodborne is a Demon's Souls and Dark Souls-like action role-playing game from the director of both games, Hidetaka Miyazaki. The PlayStation 4-exclusive game's story begins with at least two things: a traveler and a journey. "Bloodborne takes place in an ancient, forgotten city called Yharnam, known for an old medical remedy," Yamagiwa wrote. "Over the years, many hopeless and afflicted people have made long pilgrimages to Yharnam in search of help. As the main character, you are one of these travelers. However, you find that Yharnam is also cursed with a horrible...

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E3 rumors: The complete list

E3 kicks off bright and early tomorrow with a long and busy day of press conferences from Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft. But before we get the official word, let's take a look at the rumors and "leaks" that have made their way onto our radar. We've compiled a list of what's rumored to make an appearance, from the far-fetched to the fairly likely. A PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita bundle: A retail listing recently popped up Amazon France's website for a PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita bundle dubbed "the "Ultimate Player Edition." The retailer lists the bundle for €579.99 (about $789). The Last Guardian is still a thing: Hope still burns bright that The Last Guardian might one day see release. Following rumors that the game was canceled, Scott Rohde, product...


Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki is now the president of From Software

Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki is now company president for Souls series developer From Software, according to a statement released by the company today and translated by Gamasutra. Miyazaki first joined the Japan-based company in 2004 where he later created and directed by Demon's Souls and Dark Souls. He would go on to supervise the development of Dark Souls 2 while working on another project. His promotion comes following personnel changes in the company, including Demon's Souls producer Masanori Takeuchi being named senior managing director. From Software was recently acquired by Japanese media corporation and Killer is Dead publisher Kadokawa. The company first announced its plans to purchase majority stake in the developer in April, with a deal finalized one month later....


Dark Souls 2: tips for beginners and returning masochists

Character creation After a short introductory sequence at the start of Dark Souls 2, you'll create the hero you'll be spending the next 50-100 hours with. Choose your class carefully but also don't get too worried. Class choices work differently in Souls games compared to most role-playing games. Every time you level up, you'll choose which stat to pump points into, so even if you start as a magic user you can build yourself into a beefy, sword-wielding knight eventually. As far as starting classes, sorcerer is a great choice for beginning players who are a little bit cautious about wading into combat. You begin with a powerful spell, and you can take out a lot of enemies just by keeping at a distance. On the other hand, a lot of fans will tell you (rightfully so) that the real joy...


Demon's Souls and Dark Souls inspired PS4's design, says Shuhei Yoshida

From Software's dark action role-playing games Demon's Souls and Dark Souls and their online multiplayer features had an influence on the PlayStation 4's design, according to Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios. Speaking on the PlayStation Blog podcast today, Yoshida recounted this ten favorite games of the PlayStation 3 generation, saying Demon's Souls and Dark Souls were tied for second place. He estimated that he'd spent more than 100 hours playing the titles at work and at home. "Lots of things these games, Demon's Souls and Dark Souls, did, like leaving the message to other people asynchronously, so if you were connected — but not connected at the same time, all these things inspired us when we were designing the system features for PS4,"...


Sony studios head wants to see more Demon's Souls

Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida says he loves From Software's Demon's Souls and would really like to see more of that game on PlayStation platforms, but wouldn't say when or if we'll see a direct sequel to the 2009 game. Yoshida said Sony "dropped the ball" when it passed on publishing Demon's Souls in North America and Europe. Atlus and Namco Bandai picked up the slack, with the latter publishing From Software's spiritual successor, Dark Souls. Sony still owns the rights to the Demon's Souls intellectual property. At E3, I asked Yoshida about Sony's relationship with From Software and if it plans to work with the developer again on the license. "We have been great partners with From Software from the very beginning of PlayStation," Yoshida...


Amalur, Demon's Souls, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus coming to European PlayStation Plus

The European PlayStation Plus service will have its Instant Game Collection expanded with Kingdoms of Amalur: Recknoning, Demon's Souls and more later this month, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog. On May 29, European Plus members will be able to grab three (technically four) games for free: EA and 38 Studios' action-RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Recknoning, From Software's hardcore RPG Demon's Souls and the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection. On the same day, three games will be leaving the Collection to make room: Hitman Absolution, Joe Danger 2 and Dead or Alive 5. One week later, Rayman Origins and Coconut Dodge Revitalized, two PS Vita titles, will be added to the Instant Game Collection for European subscribers, while shmup Sine Mora will be removed.

Demon's Souls Releases
North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 10/06/2009
    • Publisher Atlus
    • Developer From Software
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