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Bloodborne is Neither Demon’s Souls Sequel Nor Spiritual Successor
Before Bloodborne was announced, it was codenamed Project Beast and back at that time it was thought by everyone else that the game would be a sequel or at least a spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls. Upon being announced at E3, all those expectations were a little shaken and now, we have official word that many of us have got it all wrong.
The developer was talking to Polygon recently and was asked that even if Bloodborne is not a direct sequel to Demon’s Souls, should it be expected to fill in the spot of a spiritual successor for it.
Now, although the game might look similar to it, and is actually inspired by Demon’s Souls in being an over the top and nail bitingly tough game; Shuhei Yoshida who is Sony’s head of worldwide studios has confirmed it is neither a sequel nor a spiritual successor.
The game is being made by Demon’s Souls’ director Hidetaka Miyazaki so it is bound to have a touch of resemblance. However, he said that the gameplay mechanics, characters and everything that comes with them is brand new. It is a totally new experience.
Moreover, Yoshida says that that Sony and Miyazaki’s relationship needed ‘reopening’ and that is why Bloodborne came into being.
“We had an opportunity to reopen the relationship. 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.”
Right now, they are focusing purely on Bloodborne and the future of Demon’s Souls will get considered separately at a later date – I hope.