Bluepoint has done a more in-depth review of what Demon’s Souls looks like. Its remake is more of a reinterpretation, adding small details and suggestions that give us clues as to what the team itself may think about the link between Bloodborne, Dark Souls and this game. Get ready for a fun helping of theories and curiosities.
Following the release of Dark Souls for Playstation 3, Japanese podcast Game no Shokutaku host Tomomi Isomura asked Hidetaka Miyazaki if there was any connection between Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls . The director’s response was: “they would scold me if I didn’t say no.” Demon’s Souls is licensed by Sony, unlike the Dark Souls trilogy, which is owned by Bandai Namco. Therefore, they are considered two totally different brands without, supposedly, possible connection . In the rest of the interview, Miyazaki must have remembered the contracts he had signed because he assured that what he did do was take the characters that Dark Souls liked the most, but nothing more. But nevertheless,He has never been entirely clear on this ; with the authentic meaning of their stories, about who is hiding on the other side of the armor…. The reason is explained in the same interview. He makes “a story for the game, not a game for the story. So as long as the story fits what the game needs to create immersion, that’s fine with me. I want the player to experience the story, that’s why not we make linear stories. I want the player to unravel it using their imagination and our clues. “
Hidetaka Miyazaki stayed true to this principle in Dark Souls III, stating, “I have no intention of forcing the officiality of a story played by one player over that of another, and there will never be an official statement about the true story of the game.” . On a personal note, this is what has fascinated me the most about his games. Their stories are puzzles, they are games in themselves that have no solution. For this reason, books have been written that bring together the history of all games, pages and pages in the forums dedicated to discussing theories about who’s who and, of course, thousands of blogs and websites that theorize about a possible connection between all the games. Because we all enjoy following Hidetaka Miyazaki’s gameand interpreting what we see in their productions; and I say “everyone” including also Bluepoint Games.
Finally, there is another connection between the different games: the good old one from Patches . This funny grave hunter always enjoys the same thing: laughing at the greedy by kicking them in the ass. At the end of Dark Souls III, in the Ringed City DLC, Patches appears and says: “It seems that the greed of man has spoiled all ages. I don’t care, because I have no earthly needs.” With this simple phrase he hints that he has been there from the beginning. And if we understand that each Miyazaki game is an era, also in Demon’s Souls , laughing at the clerics and the foolish player, who is nothing more than a puppet in the hands of The Ancient One.