Creator Hidetaka Miyazaki credits ‘Ico’ for ‘Dark Souls’ existence

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“I’m not exaggerating when I say it was the game that changed my life”

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serious, forbidding, and relentlessly challenging, dark Souls The series seems a world away from the gentle, introspective and minimalist world of Ico. However, if it weren’t for the latter, the former might not exist, say spirits Producer Hidetaka Miyazaki.

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in retrospect Famitsu Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the PS2 Classic echo (as seen VGC), Miyazaki said it was a recommendation from a friend to play the game shortly after graduating from university, leading him to a career in video games.

“It was a beautiful, untold experience and story that I never imagined, and I’m so sorry for my friend, but I just shook and fell silent,” Miyazaki told Famitsu. “And that’s when I left the company I was working for at the time and started working for FromSoftware.”

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At FromSoftware, Miyazaki Will Be Helm demon spirits, which in turn led dark Souls trilogy he also directed bloodborne And Sekiro: Shadow Die Twice, which both continue or develop the gameplay mechanics established in spirits Play

“I’m not exaggerating when I say it was the game that changed my life, and I’m proud that it was echo and it was Mr. [Fumito] Uda’s game,” Miyazaki said.

The creator also congratulated Ico’s 20th anniversary and said “I’m looking forward to your new games […] Mythology that runs through your games, including echo, has always been a goal of mine.”

While Ueda’s next game is unannounced, with Epic Games funding its development, Miyazaki’s next attempt will be 2022. elden ring, which turns SoulsLike play into an open-world setting.

Ico’s The 20th anniversary was also celebrated by GenDesign – the studio founded after director Fumito Ueda left Sony – with a look at some of the game’s early development phases. A video is shown for the main characters Ico and Yorda, along with preliminary concept designs, test animation, early CG visuals, and a version of the game running on PS1 hardware.

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