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.”


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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