In an interview with 4Gamer.net, director of Elden Ring and president of From Software, Hidetaka Miyazaki, has revealed some information about the studio’s next project and even hinted at the possibility of an Elden Ring sequel. Translations of the interview are courtesy of Google Translate, so please forgive if they’re a little sketchy.
Regarding the upcoming From Software project, 4Gamer learned about three games that were in the works when Sekiro was in development. At the time, two of the tracks were unknown to the public, one of them being that year’s hit Elden Ring. As for the other, we apparently don’t have to wait too long to see what it is. When asked if this other game is still in development, Miyazaki replied, “Yes. Development is in its final stages.”
Miyazaki isn’t showing his cards on what gaming can be, but the rumblings in the industry point to a resurgence of another From Software franchise, Armored Core. Swapping out the steel of medieval armor for the steel plating of high-tech mecha would be a refreshing change of pace for the studio after its string of magic and melee-centric Souls titles. It will also be interesting to see if the long-running robot series will pick up the design philosophies of its sister series From Soft. If the Armored Core rumors turn out to be true, we hope will come to light in the near future.
From Software’s staff is growing, making Elden Ring’s reach and scale possible with the available workforce. With more developers on hand, Miyazaki says there are several projects underway at From Software by various directors.
“I was able to create a title with a sense of the scale of Elden Ring due to the growth of human resources in the company, but from now on, I think we will often leave the project to them. In fact , there are several titles led by others than me, and it’s time to increase the number of developers.”
Elden Ring was also a big topic in the interview, with Miyazaki confirming that updates will continue to roll out for the game, but larger content updates like DLC aren’t mentioned. Although it leaves the door open to some sequel. When 4Gamer states that an Elden Ring 2 would sell very well, but From Software fears sequels these days, Miyazaki replies, “It’s on a case-by-case basis. There are benefits to re-numbering and creating a new work with a new title, so I’d like to select as appropriate.”