You might think that after releasing a massive magnum opus like Elden Ring (opens in a new tab), FromSoftware might be inclined to take a year or two (or three) off. But apparently not, as Elden Ring director Hidetaka Miyazaki recently told Japanese site 4Gamer (opens in a new tab) (via Gematsu (opens in a new tab)) that the studio’s next game is in the “final stages” of development.
The statement came in response to a question about a 2018 interview (opens in a new tab) in which Miyazaki said two of the “3.5” games the studio was working on were still unannounced – Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice being the third, while the PSVR exclusive Uprooted represented the 0.5 game. One of the unannounced games was Elden Ring, while the other remains unannounced but may see the light of day soon.
“Development is currently in the final stages,” Miyazaki said.
Although he didn’t give any clues as to what this game might be, a persistent rumor is that FromSoft is working on a new Armored Core. (opens in a new tab) Game. In January, a purported consumer survey indicated that Miyazaki was directing a new entry in the series, while later leaked screens suggested development was quite advanced.
Apart from this project, whatever it is, Miyazaki has apparently already started working on his next game, and is also thinking even further: on the “medium to long term”, he said that he “would like to work on a more abstract fantasy than anything we’ve done in the past”, which is kind of a crazy thing to imagine given the dreamlike journey through heaven and hell that is Elden Ring.
However, it’s hard to dispute the rationale: Miyakazi explained that during the development of FromSoft’s previous games, including Elden Ring, all sorts of interesting “ideas and images” were left on the bathroom floor. editing because they just weren’t suitable for the current project, and he would like to do something with them.
Miyazaki isn’t the only one seeing things happening at FromSoftware: “We’re developing a number of titles by directors other than me in addition to the titles I’m directing, but we’re not at the stage where I I can still share details,” he said. And, thankfully, he also reassured Elden Ring fans that updates will continue to roll out, although I’m sorry to say ( not really, though (opens in a new tab)) that there is still no sign of DLC or expansion.