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FromSoftware President Hidetaka Miyazaki is quite something. The evil genius behind the likes of Demon's Souls, the Dark Souls trilogy, Bloodborne, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and the upcoming George RR Martin collaboration Elden Ring has left an indelible mark on gamers around the world.
There can't be many of us who haven't experienced at least one Miyazaki game in our time, and even if you didn't finish it or found it wasn't to your taste, the various twisted, labyrinthine worlds and grotesque bosses that sprang from the developer's mind will doubtless have stayed with you.
It's not hyperbole to suggest that Hidetaka Miyazaki is one of the most important video game creators of all time, so you might well be wondering which of his incredibly challenging, relentlessly terrifying games he's the most proud of. As it turns out, it's the twisted gothic horror Bloodborne.
In an interview with GameSpot Brazil, Miyazaki was asked which of his games was his favourite to work on. "If I [have to] say which one I keep in my heart, it's Bloodborne," he revealed. "It's the one that left [the biggest] mark on me."
Personally, I'd have to agree with Miyazaki (not that my opinion is worth all that much compared to his). Bloodborne remains one of my favourite PS4 games, easily my favourite FromSoftware game, and quite possibly one of my favourite games of all time.
There's just something about the game's Gothic aesthetic, eldritch enemies, and fascinating world that makes it the most rewarding, interesting, and terrifying FromSoftware title to date.
There's a reason that nearly half a decade after release, players are still coming together in community-organised events to explore Bloodborne together - it just has something that those other games don't, even if I can't quite put my finger on it.
In the same interview, Miyazaki also revealed that his favourite boss is an enemy from the original Demon's Souls - The Old Monk.
"[The Old Monk] has a unique system, where the player fights other players. Back then, this wasn't a common system, so I got some critics and warnings," Miyazaki explained. "But in the end, the users liked it, it was something very different. So, inside me, it is the one that marked me the most."
Interestingly, there have been rumblings recently suggesting that a Demon's Souls remake could well be coming to PlayStation 5, although Miyazaki wouldn't be involved with it.
Miyazaki's next project is the aforementioned Elden Ring, which he's been working on with Game of Thrones author George RR Martin. He describes it as a "natural evolution" of Dark Souls, with a "larger world, new systems, and action mechanics."
Elden Ring doesn't have a release date yet, but it's currently bound for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. My hope is that, if Miyazaki really enjoyed Bloodborne so much, then he'll soon turn his attention to giving us a sequel for the upcoming PS5.
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