Dark Souls 4: While the much hyped about action game RPG Dark Souls 3 was released back in April 2016, people have been incessantly asking questions about what lies ahead for the Dark Souls series (Read Dark Souls 4). While we are all still in the dark if a new Dark Souls game is on the horizon, let us take a look at the prospects of the franchise after Dark Souls 3.
Dark Souls 4: What are the odds?
For starters, it is too soon to say if there will be a Dark Souls 4 (if that is what the makers choose to call it). After all, it was only earlier this year that Dark Souls 3 was released. However, while we generally get to know about tidbits of information about upcoming sequels shortly after a release in a prominent franchise, there has not been a single piece of evidence that points towards the possible production of Dark Souls 4. Additionally, Dark Souls 3 was announced to be the final game in the series at the time of its announcement by Bandai Namco’s officials. So different publications took to approaching creators FromSoftware and Bandai Namco to find out about what’s in store for the Dark Souls series.
However, there have been varied answers to all the questions surrounding Dark Souls 4. For instance, FromSoftware’s president Hidetaka Miyazaki said during an E3 press meet in 2015 that the Dark Souls series will not end with Dark Souls 3. As Videogamer reported, Miyazaki’s comments helped shed some light on the matter when he stated via a translator that Dark Souls 3 would not be the end to the Dark Souls series. However, he stated that the uniqueness of the series would lose out on its value if the studio went on churning out one game after another in the franchise, adding that whatever FromSoftware decided to do with the series would mark an enormous turning point both for the franchise and for the studio as well.
However confusing this may have been, fans were egged on by the comments to look forward to Dark Souls 4. However, in later interviews, Miyazaki gave pretty contradictory answers saying at one point that the studio was ready to move on. He even added that his company was already working on a brand new title, though he did not reveal what it was at the time. But then he told Polygon during this year’s TGS: “As president of From Software, I’m not completely denying the possibility of bringing back the franchise (Dark Souls) in the future,” after confirming that Dark Souls 3 was indeed the last instalment for the time being.
However fans may want to perceive Miyazaki’s comments, he has made it clear more than once that there will be no Dark Souls 4 in the near future. What we may see could be certain elements taken from the Dark Souls games and implemented into a brand new IP. This latter prospect is exciting, as this could mean either a completely new hack and slash game from the studio, or a crossover of some sort featuring the world of Dark Souls. But whatever we have heard till now points towards one single direction: that there will be no new game to look forward to in the series immediately. But the developer assured that fans of Dark Souls 3 will have their hands full till 2017 in the form of new downloadable content.
But despite all this, fans are still trying to keep hopes alive for Dark Souls 4.
Dark Souls 4 Features and Gameplay
To speculate over the features of an upcoming game in a series that has already been declared done by the developers is about as fruitful as throwing stones in pitch black darkness. But if we do consider the above information carefully, we’ll see that there are enough gaps that suggest that a Dark Souls 4 is not entirely impossible. It may be that the next game in the series will not be happening anytime soon, but in Miyazaki’s own words, “There could be someone else in my company who wants to work on new instalments (of the Dark Souls series).” So if there ever is a Dark Souls 4, these are a few things we would like to see.
New Engine for Dark Souls 4
While Dark Souls 3 was a massive hit with critics due to its immersive themes, gameplay, and story, one of the major disappointments had to do with the game’s technical handling. But the lagging frame rate was far from being the only problem. For a game that released in 2016, the gameplay felt outright archaic and predictable thanks to its linear maps that failed to add character to the game. So first off, we’ll start with the need for a new gaming engine for Dark Souls 4. By the time FromSoftware comes up with the new game (if ever), gaming technology will have improved a lot more. We already have games like Crackdown 3 coming up which feature fully destructible worlds on multiplayer. Another fast growing aspect of gaming is speedily evolving VR tech. Not that we’re saying Dark Souls 4 should be crowded with all these features, but the possibilities of a game built on a powerful engine are endless. So we could finally have a Dark Souls game with a massive open world and top-notch mechanics.
Dark Souls 4 Story
Going by what Miyazaki had said earlier, a new Dark Souls game may be a turn in a completely new direction for the studio. We think that means that Dark Souls 4 could be a reinvention of the series from the ground up. While it is more than likely that the new game will retain the series’ mystical strain, a major change could be brought in terms of the plot and settings. Ever wondered how a Dark Souls game would play out in a futuristic, or post-apocalyptic setting? It may seem to be quite a stretch for now, but retaining the hack and slash mode of action against such a world could give us something to look forward to in a world overrun by zombie titles.
Dark Souls 4 Combat
In Dark Souls 3, players encountered different types of enemies, each with their own unique behaviours. This lent the scope for a number of different combat styles and special abilities. The weapons in the game were also equipped with two basic types of attacks, a standard one, and a higher powered, more impactful one. All in all, combat in Dark Souls 3 was satisfactory. But for Dark Souls 4, we need way more than that. An improved AI system could really fire up enemy response in the new game, and a wider array of weapons could be added to aid combat.
Dark Souls 4 Trailer
If ever in the future FromSoftware shares any information about a new game in the series along with a Dark Souls 4 trailer, we will be sure to update this section.
Dark Souls 4 Release Date
We imagine that a new Dark Souls game would need around three years in development. But the trouble with settling on a possible release date for Dark Souls 4 means that we have to know when the game’s production begins. Seeing as there is no information about that, we can’t say for certain when we’ll see a new game in the series.
In conclusion, nothing is certain about the prospects of Dark Souls 4. But whenever the devs think they’ll be ready with another bout, fans will be waiting.