FromSoftware’s Elden Ring released back in February this year to resounding critical and commercial success, selling over 12 million copies in its first month and currently enjoying a Metacritic score of 96 on both PlayStation and Xbox. A strong game of the year contender, Elden Ring has been called by many the culmination of the souls-like formula exemplified by games like (obviously) Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
Elden Ring Creator Hidetaka Miyazaki recently sat down for an interview with Japanese gaming site 4gamer.net, during which he stated that FromSoftware’s next game was in the final stages of development. Though he did not intimate what the nature of this project would be, many speculate that it is a next-gen installment of the company’s Armored Core mech battle franchise. The developer has even created a new recruitment site in an effort to bring in additional talent.
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Miyazaki doesn’t seem to be involved in the new game however, at least not in a directorial role. Rather, Miyazaki hinted that his creative efforts are focused on yet another project already in motion. All he said of it was that “I would like to work on a fantasy with a higher degree of abstraction than past works.”
What this “higher degree of abstraction” fantasy will ultimately entail is anyone’s guess. All we know for now is that FromSoftware’s next game is on the way before year’s end, and that we have no idea what it is. Could it indeed be an Armored Core revival, or maybe another brand new IP? We will have to wait until FromSoftware is ready to divulge more info as the next game is prepped for release.