At this year’s Tokyo Game Show, Miyazaki was asked by Polygon if Dark Souls III’s two DLC packs, including the upcoming Ashes of Ariandel, would be the end of the franchise, to which Miyazaki responded, without hesitation, “yes.”
"It’s time to move away from the Dark Souls franchise," Miyazaki told Polygon. "As president of From Software, I’m not completely denying the possibility of bringing back the franchise in the future. There could be someone else in my company who wants to work on new installments. But we believe that the series will end after the two DLC."
Despite Miyazaki’s desire to step away from Souls, he does hope to incorporate lessons learned and mechanics from the series in future projects at From Software.
"I’m not saying I won’t work on a Dark Souls-like game or a dark fantasy game," he said. "We’d like to carry over some of the good things from the franchise to new products. As new technology is introduced, we would like to take what we learned from Dark Souls and use it in future IP."
The first of Dark Souls III’s planned DLCs, Ashes of Ariandel, is set to come to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 25th, and will eventually be followed by the second piece of DLC, which will apparently be From Software’s swan song for the series.
The Dark Souls series began as a spiritual successor to From Software’s Demon’s Souls, and spawned two sequels. The PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne is widely considered to be another spiritual successor to the series, and was released in March of last year.
For more on the Souls series, check out CGM’s review of its final entry.