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Miyazaki says FromSoftware would love to try battle royale genre

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A wheat field at night from Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, can this game be any more gorgeous?

Hidetaka Miyazaki is coming in with another wave of information regarding FromSoftware's future plans as he talked about the potential live service model in their future games along with an attempt to join the battle royale market.

FromSoftware are known for the string of challenging single-player games that usually kept player on the line between crying in desperation or attempting to kill a boss again, after being beaten silly for more times than they cared to count.

On the other hand, their approach to these games always had an online component, starting with the very beginning of the challenging game track - Demon's Souls. Players could summon others to help them with bosses or invade someone else's world. In what is probably the most iconic case, the Old Monk was a boss that could summon a player to combat another player that just attacked it.

Hidetaka Miyazaki apparently has some ideas for the future online content in FromSoftware's games. Talking to Telegraph, he mentioned that the developers are looking at the current trends in the gaming world and could potentially try their chances in battle royale. He added that their take on battle royale would be different but didn't specify just how.

It is safe to say that a potential battle royale by FromSoftware wouldn't be a Dark Souls one as they previously stated they are done with the series. On the other hand, it is currently unknown if a battle royale is already underway as Miyazaki hinted at potentially two unannounced titles in the works a while ago.

Miyazaki's mention of live service games may alert some longtime fans though. It is not an unknown fact that players don't like games as a service model as it tends to offer minimum possible quality that would engage players just enough to shell out more money.

FromSoftwareA wheat field at night from Sekiro: Shadows Die TwiceNo more Dark Souls

Still, Miyazaki stated that their primary focus will remain on single player games such as the upcoming Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. It appears that FromSoftware are aware of what long-term plans mean and they would rather keep a good image up by providing players with what they want, instead of jumping on the microtransaction bandwagon and gorging themselves on additional revenue until such a business model crashes along with their reputation.

It is disturbing to see them talking about live service while Activision is publishing Sekiro though.