From Software Has 3 Games In Development, None Of Them Sound Like Dark Souls

Armored Core: The Answer

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From Software has a long and illustrious history in the gaming industry. They've been around for quite some time. However, they didn't really hit mainstream until Demon's Souls and the successor trilogy of Dark Souls. Well, they have three more games in the pipeline but none of them are like Dark Souls.

IGN is reporting that one of the new games that Dark Souls creator and the president of From Software, Hidetaka Miyazaki, is working on is actually a return to the series that put them on the map in the first place: Armored Core.

The Armored Core series first made its debut back on the PSX way back in the 1990s. It was one of the first 3D, third-person mech games on home consoles and one of the first to feature split-screen gameplay. It was a blast to play back in the day and a great console alternative to FASA's Mechwarrior series on PC.

The second of the three games is set in a dark fantasy universe according to Miyazaki, talking to IGN at this year's Tokyo Game Show in Tokyo, Japan. The general gist is that it may be familiar to those with "straightforward expectations".

He doesn't go into any sort of depth about the second game, but dark fantasy does sound like it could be similar to Dark Souls at least as far thematic elements are concerned. But then again, dark fantasy could also be on the line of games like Quantum Theory or Gears of War or Bullet Witch. "Dark fantasy" just doesn't entail the Gothic/medieval nature of games like Bloodborne and Dark Souls.

Nevertheless, the third game is something completely bizarre. We have no idea what it is but according to Miyazaki, he told IGN...

The last thing is that another title will probably be a little bit weird. When we actually announce the title, probably fans will react with 'oh, what the hell is this very weird game that Miyazaki has created?'[...] So when I say weird, I mean that the genre we're trying to try might be a little bit weird. Not only that, but all the other actual game content might be a little bit weird, yes.

So we have a mech game, a dark fantasy game and a "weird" game. Is that right?

IGN pried and pried but couldn't pry the hatch from Miyazaki's battens. The information was closely sealed by the veteran developer's lips.

Nevertheless, we at least know that we can expect some interesting games from From Software. It's cool that they're making a return to Armored Core, because it would be nice to see how a giant mech game of that quality and stature would run on eighth-gen hardware. As for the dark fantasy title? Well, we'll basically have to sit back and wait for more info on that one because I can't put Dark Souls out of my mind but it's obviously not a Dark Souls game. And the last but not least... the "weird" game... well, I have no idea what to expect from this but it could end up being the VR game that Miyazaki was talking about. We'll have to patiently wait for more info heading into 2017, where From Software might make a more concrete announcement about the new project(s).

Will Usher

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend.