From Software, developers of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, is open to creating a multiplayer-only game like a battle royale.
The Souls creator working on a battle royale game? That’s an interesting combination. In an interview with The Telegraph, From Software president Hidetaka Miyazaki says “There’s always the possibility”.
"These games are definitely fun. And we’re interested in the patterns they are taking. If we did it, it might be a bit different! But we’re definitely interested and there’s definitely that possibility in the future. We’d love to take a crack at them some day." says Miyazaki.
Miyazaki further added that he hopes video games don’t become heavily multiplayer-focused in the future. Live service titles are rampant in recent years and he says that “We do need this diversity in the industry. Regardless of what From Software is doing, we need people making battle royale games and live services and we need people making single-player focused experiences. We feel that this diversity is what will keep everyone going." Which is true.
While online games continue to strive, the single player experience isn’t going anywhere based on recent success stories like Capcom’s Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry 5. Even last year, two PS4 exclusives — God of War and Spider-Man — held its own against top online-focused games such as Fortnite or the release of Destiny 2’s expansion called Forsaken. They are not direct competitors, but the critical acclaim and financial success for those single player only titles while being around those types of games is an indicator that both experiences can co-exist.
From Software is skipping multiplayer in their next game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, but lets not forget their unique concept of mixing the single player experience with online play found in Demon Souls, the Dark Souls series, and Bloodborne. Invading other player’s games as well as leaving notes to assist or fool other players was an ingenious feature that inspired a series of games with the same concept.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is out tomorrow. A single player only experience that resembles their previous titles in terms of difficulty and gameplay. I’ve played it and it’s going to test your sanity, as expected from a developer like From Software.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice comes out on March 22, 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The standard copy for the PS4 is priced at PHP 2,799 in the Philippines, while the Collector’s Edition will be available for PHP 6,199 which comes with a statue of the protagonist and other goodies.