Hidetaka Miyazaki, creator of the best RPG game franchise out right now, Dark Souls, has previously stated that for him, Dark Souls is over; however, his stance may have lightened up since he said that.
In an interview with IGN at Tokyo Game Show, Miyazaki said, via a translator:
It doesn’t necessarily mean he’s not going to work on a Dark Souls-like game, so he would definitely bring some of the good things – that could be some in-game elements, some of the product development experience – he would definitely bring those to a new Dark Souls-like game or Dark Souls-like franchise in the future.”
When he was asked what he meant by a “Dark Souls-like game,” he responded:
It could be a dark fantasy game that has an element […] of the accomplishment of overcoming difficulties, which is very unique to the Dark Souls franchise.
It would be very sad to say goodbye to what is the best RPG I have played since I played The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time some thirteen years ago.
If Dark Souls as a story is over, that would not be such a blow, but to no longer have a game like Dark Souls coming out of Japan would be a huge blow to the Japanese game development industry.
The majority of big-name games coming out of Japan right now treat the players like they are idiots. The games hold the player’s hand and lead them through everything with big arrows pointing them in the right direction.
I pray that this is not the end of good Japanese games.