The surprise announcement of Dark Souls II has pleased the hardcore gaming masses but now some are questioning the decisions of the new director for the series, Tomohiro Shibuya. He says that everyone should be able to complete the game.
In an interview conducted with 1UP, Shibuya admits that he has never finished the original Dark Souls and that his previous game experience is mostly in art assets.
“I watched [Hidetaka] Miyazaki (the original director) very closely when he worked on Dark Souls. I mostly know that this game is considered very difficult, but I want to take the series in a new direction,” he says, “I prefer that the game be completable by everyone. Even babies should be able to complete this game.”
“I recall the first game being very cryptic and vague about its story and I want everyone to understand the plot. I believe it should be made more explicit and that the cutscenes should be at least 10 times longer than the original,” he pauses and then says excitedly to the interviewer, “There might even be a love interest for the main character.”
“Gameplay is something that I find almost secondary to the story,” he continues, “I tried playing the game for the first time last week. I could not get past the first boss! I will make sure that even someone as bad as me can complete Dark Souls II. Besides, I mostly find my talents in art and this is where the game will truly shine.”
“Some fans might feel outraged by my decisions, but at least they have a new game to play. That is what truly matters, right?” he concludes.
He leaves the interview on a final note, “At least they’ll have the original one to play for the rest of eternity.”