In a recent interview at Tokyo Game Show 2016, From Software President Hidetaka Miyazaki discussed how he feels about other games taking inspiration from Dark Souls. Miyazaki directed Dark Souls, Dark Souls III, and Bloodborne, all of which feature similar gameplay mechanics and generally follow the same gameplay loop. Other games have taken inspiration from these games, such as Lords of The Fallen and the upcoming Nioh, and Miyazaki is honored by this.
Question: “Speaking of Dark Souls-like games, it seems that after the success of Dark Souls and Bloodborne, they kind of created almost their own genre, even other other publishers are making Dark Souls-like games. For instance with Nioh by Koei Tecmo, I very much felt that I was playing something very similar to Dark Souls in the Sengoku era. How do you feel about that?
Hidetaka Miyazaki: “I never thought of having created a new genre, and I’m sure that in the past many people have thought about creating very challenging games like Dark Souls, I’m assuming that I was simply the pioneer in that sense. If I have created the environment encouraging other developer to work on other Dark Souls-like games, that’s an honor for me.”