Dark Souls has been one hell of a series. From a relatively humble beginning, arguably starting with Demon Souls, the series has become a monolith.
FromSoftware recently shared the fact that the entire series had hit over 27 million sales. As well as thanking all of the players. As you might expect, fans poured loved and praise upon the company in the replies.
Clearly, love for Dark Souls is still as strong now as it was back when the series started back in 2011.
Looking back at the Dark Souls trilogy it’s easy to see why so many people love it. The games were tough as nails in the gameplay department. But, beneath the surface gameplay level, the games contained a deep and involving lore told through environmental storytelling.
One thing the series definitely didn’t have, was a deep sense of connection. All 3 of the games take place either geographically or chronologically far apart. So they all feel like almost entirely separate experiences.
It is because of that lack of connection that Dark Souls can be so long-lived. The really important thing about the series isn’t any specific story. It’s all about how the story is told and how well the gameplay works. That’s why ‘Soulslike’ became a genre.
FromSoftware is already working on their next game. So far, we don’t know much about the upcoming Elden Ring. One thing we do know is that it seems like the game is heading back towards a more ‘Dark Souls’ style of gameplay.
Hopefully, this is a sign that FromSoftware isn’t done with the Souls Series. There is some concern that more games in the series would devalue it somehow.
Honestly, as long as Miyazaki sticks around as game director, then I’m sure that pretty much anything they create will fit the Dark Souls legacy admirably.