The final DLC for Dark Souls III dropped this week. With the launch of The Ringed City, the Souls games are now at an end. From Software, or more accurately Hidetaka Miyazaki, have said that they are done with this series and are moving on to other projects. This makes me both very happy and also pretty sad.
I’ve loved the Souls games right from the beginning. I remember when Demon’s Souls was announced. I was intrigued by the setting. My interest grew even more when I found out the game was going to be punishingly difficult. The game was not going to hold your hand. You had to figure stuff out on your own. If you killed a vital NPC, too bad. Yeah, I preordered that bitch so hard.
On my first romp through Demon’s Souls I was hooked. Heck, even my wife got into the game. We had to take turns playing our characters. She would go research some aspect of the game she was working on and I’d sit and farm some item I needed for my bow. It was a great time.
Then Dark Souls was announced and I already knew I’d be buying that game as well. With this game, I even got my brother-in-law hooked on the series. I bragged about how good the strategy guide was and convinced him to snag the guide as well. This would happen once again with Dark Souls II. Sadly, he doesn’t have a PS4 and thus it’ll be a bit of time before I can get him to bite on Dark Souls III.
From Software has crafted a wonderful series with these four games. The Souls games will always be one of my favorite gaming experiences. Hell, I’ve purchased Dark Souls I and Dark Souls II twice. All I need now is a good Steam sale on the third game and I’ll have bought that one twice as well. I don’t have a problem. Nope. Not at all.
Thank you From Software for these games. I’m excited to see what you come up with next. If the next project is anything like Bloodborne, I’m confident we’ll be graced with yet another marvelous experience. Still, it’s sad to see the Souls series come to an end. There is still lore left unexplored and unexplained. Yet, I find that fitting to the style of this series. I guess it’s time to put out this bonfire and wait to see what happens next.