From Software’s Hidetaka Miyazaki, the mastermind behind the likes of Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and the upcoming Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, has shared his thoughts on the (oft-requested) possibility of a Demon’s Souls remake.
Demon’s Souls is, of course, the 2009 PS3 game that first introduced the world to Miyazaki’s mesmerising, and hugely influential, action-adventure template. We’re rapidly approaching its tenth anniversary on February 5th this year, and that (alongside the fact that its official servers are no longer online), would seem to make 2019 the perfect time to give Demon’s Souls the respectful remaster treatment. As Digital Foundry’s Tom Morgan argued last year.
But does its creator agree? Somewhat disappointingly, Miyazaki has now revealed to Game Informer that, even though the decision to create a Demon’s Souls remaster would ultimately lie with IP holder Sony, it’s not a project that he’d personally be interested in working on.
“It’s like when you write – when you’re younger, you look back on [previous work] and you think ‘Oh, goodness what was I thinking,'” Miyazaki explained. “It’s not that I’m embarrassed, I just don’t like to look at my previous works.”
Despite his reluctance to revisit older projects, Miyazaki did admit to having fond memories of Demon’s Souls’ development, especially as it “was the first action fantasy game that I created, or I directed”. However, he also revealed that, “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.”
For all his personal apprehension, though, Miyazaki did acknowledged that, “there are many users and many players and fans out there who really love Demon’s Souls”. As such, he conceded that he’d be open to a remaster, provided it was to be handled by a studio “that really loved the original work and really put their heart and soul into realising it again.”
Of course, many fans are hoping that that studio might be Bluepoint, the developer responsible for last year’s stunning Shadow of the Colossus remake – especially since word got out that its next project is also a remake. And while there’s so far been little to suggest that the idea is anything more than wishful thinking, Demon’s Souls’ 10th anniversary this year would certainly be an excellent excuse for Sony to make those dreams come true.