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The world of eSports has gained massive traction over the course of the last couple of years, though there has been a few standalone titles offering a sprawling single-player experience that allow both realms to exist. The commercial success of titles in recent times from the likes of Devil May Cry 5, God of War, and the particularly epic single-player narrative of the critically acclaimed Red Dead Redemption 2, have showcased what the lone player gaming market is capable of, in an industry where competitive gaming is rising fast.
With that in mind, you can see why the likes of From Software are keen to delve into the battle royale market. Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki stated in a recent interview with The Telegraph regarding the possibility of the fathers of Soulsborne taking a more multiplayer direction: “There’s always the possibility…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.”
During the interview, Miyazaki did go on to emphasise the significance of single-player games on the market: “We do need this diversity in the industry…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.” With Miyazaki and From looking to remain at the forefront of what’s hot in the industry, it will be interesting to see what the team come up with, and how they approach the matter in their manner. Landing in Lothric, anyone?
Meanwhile, the latest offering from the renowned devs, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, is set for release on 22nd March on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.