When a director steps away from a game in development, it’s usually a sign for fans to start worrying. In the case of From Software’s Dark Souls II, the former director Hidetaka Miyazaki and current director Tomohiro Shibuya recently took the time to assuage any fears.
In an interview with 4Gamer, Miyazaki cited personal reasons as the main reason why he stepped down. According to a “mutual agreement” between himself and From Software, Miyazaki will now take on a supervisory role.
“As far as being a developing games [sic], Mr. Shibuya has far more experience than I do,” Miyazaki said. “He understands exactly what it takes to do a great job and we’re on the same page regarding where we’d like to take the Dark Souls franchise. I fully trust him and his judgment.”
Miyazaki will reportedly maintain some control over the direction of the anticipated sequel’s development. Some of his most recent input came in the way of a dedicated game server, as well as the insistence that From Software refrain from adding weapons and items as downloadable content.
Dark Souls II is an indirect sequel to the 2011 smash masochistic hit that takes place in a different area of the same world. For this next game, Shibuya said he wants to “get Dark Souls and what made it great, and give it a major upgrade.”