From Software President Hidetaka Miyazaki has made quite a name for himself in recent years, creating critically-acclaimed hits like Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, and Bloodborne. These action-RPG masterpieces have been frequently compared to Nintendo’s popular and long-running Legend of Zelda franchise (albeit as a much darker and challenging take on the genre), but as someone who grew up playing Zelda, Miyazaki isn’t exactly comfortable with the comparison.
Speaking with Rolling Stone, Miyazaki revealed that he feels “deeply unworthy” to hear his games being compared to Link’s adventures in Hyrule.
Rolling Stone: Many journalists over the years have said that the Souls games, from Demon’s on up through Bloodborne and Dark Souls, is what The Legend of Zelda should have evolved into. How do you feel about that comparison?
Miyazaki: When I was a student, The Legend of Zelda was truly monumental, so to be perfectly honest, I feel deeply unworthy of the comparison. The Legend of Zelda and Dark Souls are different games belonging to different genres though, and they’re guided by different concepts of game design. They don’t need to aspire to the same ideals. If there are similarities, they probably stem from the fact that The Legend of Zelda became a sort of textbook for 3D action games.
Miyazaki’s Souls games haven’t yet proven to have the longevity of a historic franchise like The Legend of Zelda, but they’ve quickly created a loyal, dedicated fan base, and they’re almost universally heralded as some of the best modern games around. Do you think they’re worthy of the comparison? Sound off in the comments!
Source: Rolling Stone