FromSoftware president Hidetaka Miyazaki recently weighed in on whether or not we’ll ever see a Demon’s Souls remake, and the answer is a strong, definitive “maybe.”
The director behind Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, and Bloodborne told Game Informer that he wouldn’t be against Demon’s Souls getting a remake, but he just doesn’t want to be the one to direct it.
“It’s like when you write,” Miyazaki said. “When you’re younger, you look back on [previous work] and you think ‘Oh, goodness what was I thinking.’ It’s not that I’m embarrassed, I just don’t like to look at my previous works.”
Miyazaki went onto say that he wouldn’t be opposed to another studio remastering the title, as long as it was a studio that “really loved the original work and really put their heart and soul into realizing it again.”
“[I]t’s really complicated because I have these fond memories,” Miyazaki said. “Thinking about the idea of a remaster gives me kind of butterflies in my stomach and makes me a little nervous, so it’s complicated.”
Despite all that, Miyazaki knows that a lot of FromSoftware fans who either never got to experience the humble spiritual successor to Dark Souls or love Demon’s Souls and want to see it with next-gen graphics.
“I understand there are many users and many players and fans out there who really love Demon’s, so if [a remaster]’s something they could accomplish with a studio that loved the work, then yeah, I’d be okay with that,” Miyazaki said.
The most obvious obstacle is the fact that Sony owns the publishing rights to Demon’s Souls, not From, so even if Miyazaki really wanted to release a Demon’s Souls remaster, it wouldn’t be up to him.
Instead of looking to the past, however, let’s look to the future. Miyazaki and From’s upcoming Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice looks to shake off the Soulsborne label that’s been following the studio the last decade. Not only will Sekiro have a pause button and completely different gameplay from the Soulsborne titles, but your shinobi hero can also swim. Yes, swim!