Is FromSoftware okay? I do not imply to pry, however I am unable to assist however discover that just about each single one of many firm’s current video games takes place in a blighted world of husks and ghosts slipping slowly into oblivion. Are issues, like, alright over there? Have a number of the most necessary video games of the previous decade been a sustained cry for assist?

These are the questions—roughly—posed to FromSoft president Hidetaka Miyazaki in a current IGN interview. The Darkish Souls director was requested why it’s the studio so typically units its video games in dreary, apocalyptic settings. There’s a few causes, the primary of which is that the devs simply actually like ’em.

It is all a matter of “style, and the preferences of the game director and game builders,” says Miyazaki, and that applies simply as a lot to the previous—to former FromSoft CEO Naotoshi Zin and video games like King’s Subject and Armored Core—because it does to the current. It is an aesthetic desire that is endured in From’s DNA: Miyazaki’s “tastes occur to be comparable” to Zin’s, and so we find yourself seeing “loads of that in fashionable Soulsborne titles as properly,” as much as and together with Elden Ring.

However the second purpose? Technically talking, making “a vigorous vibrant setting is slightly bit past FromSoftware’s functionality or experiences as a developer,” says Miyazaki. Fairly than bang their heads in opposition to one other Cookie and Cream, FromSoft’s devs would relatively direct their energies towards “what [they’re] good at, and what [they’re] used to”. Which implies extra ash, demise, cackling homunculi. You understand, the standard. Miyazaki says it is simply simpler for From to get its message throughout in “darker and drier” settings than vibrant and glossy ones, and I am unable to actually disagree. It is not just like the studio has a foul monitor report for theme and design in its many and diversified melancholy settings.

It is form of humorous {that a} developer as legendary as FromSoft may baulk on the concept of designing a setting crammed with buttercups and hopscotch as a result of it appears too tough, however I suppose it is smart. No marvel that Armored Core 6: Fires of the Rubicon, which is ready in a post-calamity “Burning Star System,” appears set to hold ahead From’s desolate legacy. Some preferences are simply bone-deep.