Miyazaki: Demon’s Souls Remaster up to Sony

Demon’s Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki has said that if there were ever to be a Demon’s Souls remake it would have to come from Sony.

Demon’s Souls launched in 2009 for the PS3 as a brand new IP from a relatively unknown developer. Though no one thought much of it at first, the game’s blistering difficulty and unique multiplayer mechanics earned it a cult following. The Souls series, which continued in two spiritual successors (Dark Souls and Bloodborne), took that formula and turned it into a blockbuster franchise. Considering that so few people got to play the PS3 exclusive original, there has been much outreach to From Software to remaster the game. Turns out that fans have been asking the wrong company.

Speaking with Gamespot, Miyazaki clarified that people shouldn’t be asking From Software to remaster Demon’s Souls. Instead, they should be asking the people who own the IP; Sony.

“It seems like there was a misunderstanding in a previous interview in relation to a remake or a remastering of the game, so let me reiterate here. The Dark Souls series is Bandai Namco Entertainment’s IP, and Demon’s Souls and Bloodborne is Sony Interactive Entertainment’s IP. Hence, the decision to do a remake or remastering is under their jurisdiction.

“For me and for From Software, I don’t think we’ll be involved with their happening, but it could happen through another developer.”

Despite fan excitement, Miyazaki has shown little interest in revisiting old games. In an older interview, the director stated he was not interested in remastering Demon’s Souls. In fact, after being named president of From Software in 2014, he stated that his studio would work on brand new projects. While we may never get a Demon’s Souls remaster, we can at least enjoy his Dark Souls series, including the recently released Dark Souls III.