Bloodborne battle royale? From Software would 'love to have a crack' at live service games


Feb 4, 2013
Tetris 99 may be the most unusual threat to Fortnite's battle royale crown as it stands, but there could be a new competitor ready to upend the phenomenally popular video game genre in the future.

Hidetaka Miyazaki, President of Dark Souls creator From Software, has told The Telegraph that the revered developer is taking a keen interest in the battle royale genre and the prevalence of long running 'live service' games, such as Destiny and Anthem, that are dominating the headlines in the industry right now.

Would From Software, famed for its fearsomely challenging and intricately designed single-player adventures, be interested in joining the fray.

"There’s always the possibility," Miyazaki says. "These games are definitely fun. And we’re interested in the patterns they are taking. If we did it, it might be a bit different! But we’re definitely interested and there’s definitely that possibility in the future. We’d love to take a crack at them some day."

One would imagine that any From Software battle royale would be a significantly different proposition from shooters such as Fortnite and Apex Legends. And a live-service multiplayer RPG based on the Dark Souls universe or another world of From's creation would certainly be an interesting direction for the developer to take.

However, Miyazaki also stressed that single-player adventures, like From's upcoming shinobi adventure Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, remain an integral part of the games industry and are key to its long-term health.

"Single-player action games don’t feel too rare in the current climate," he says." While Devil May Cry 5 has some online elements, it’s coming out two weeks before our game. And that’s a very single-player focussed experience. We’ve also had God of War and Spider-Man." Both of those games sold over 9m copies in 2018.

"We do need this diversity in the industry," Miyazaki says. "Regardless of what From Software is doing, we need people making battle royale games and live services and we need people making single-player focussed experiences. We feel that this diversity is what will keep everyone going."
Credit: Telegraph UK
Nov 12, 2009
I would LOVE a dark souls battle royale. I want a true melee focused type of battle royale from a AAA developer. I kinda expected that from Realm Royale and was so let down. Granted we don't need more titles to fill this overly saturated market.
Sep 4, 2018
i go to From for their characters, art style, and most of all, carefully considered level design. i have a hard time imagining good level design in a battle royale game but who knows? PvP is my least favorite part of any of the games and i'm glad it's entirely optional.

that said, if it's from From, i have to check it out. Tetris 99 shows that battle royale can even work in Tetris, so i would never say "never" to seeing what they cook up
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Apr 18, 2018
This is cool... I guess. I've almost completely ignored the online aspects of the Soulsborne games. I play it all solo. I mean, I legitimately understand that a lot of gamers enjoy the online multiplayer, but it's not something I care about.

Hopefully it would sell well and give FROM more money (and incentive) to make more Soulsborne titles.

I could see an online-only BR Soulsborne scratching the same itch that For Honor was attempting to do.

For me the best part about Souls games is the fighting various different type of enemies and bosses, I personally never cared about the PVP or online part the Souls games.
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Jul 1, 2009
That's essentially what DS3 church fight club is (or was, I haven't played in a while). They'd have to do something about roll spam and lag if they were serious and planning to make a melee BR.
Apr 24, 2011
Houston, Texas
I can't imagine that Souls combat could catch on in a BR. It's way too skill based for normies to get into. Dark Souls has always had a dedicated PVP fanbase, but I cannot see that translating well.

Armored Core on the other hand?
Jan 13, 2018
I don't see how you can account for 10+ people being on screen in melee combat unless it's something like Power Stone or Dynasty Warriors. Would be interesting to see.
Feb 15, 2018
Honestly I would rather have a horizon battle royale than a bloodborne battle royale. A hundred people killing each other while huge hostile wild mechs ran around the map would be pretty epic.
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Nov 5, 2016
I don't care where (just far)
I couldn’t wait to read the thread.

I don’t see things as bad by nature. I don’t consider open world games bad just because they are open world, or BR games bad just because they are BR.

Would BR only Bloodborne 2 be a great idea? No, but as a fun optional mode outside main game? Hell Yeah. Same for Halo. Same for everything.
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Jun 20, 2018
Souls has famously janky, laggy and broken online... if they managed to fix that why not, if its a addition ok who cares, but if its a entire mulitplayer game build on the online they have now they will fail.
Jan 31, 2018
Please if you do this, do it like Kojima does his multiplayer...make it like a separate entity like MGS4 was to the online game. And for the love of all that is sexy get better netcode.
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