Hidetaka Miyazaki has explained in an interview with Eurogamer that Dark Souls III will not be the last game in the series. He went on to explain that it will act as a turning point in the franchise and the future of developer From Software in general.
“First of all, this is not the final product for the Dark Souls series. However, I believe it’s the turning point for the Dark Souls series. First of all, Dark Souls has a really unique worldview. It’s not a good idea, continuously releasing titles for this series because of that factor. And this will probably be the turning point of From Software as a whole – it’s the last project we started working on before I became president. It’s basically From Software, they started working on this project when it was an older generation. So it’s a turning point. It’ll be a turning point, but it’s not final.
“From Software is well known not only for the fantasy game, but they’ve been creating the sci-fi mech game Armored Core and also some Japanese-style games, like the ninja games. So I may introduce a new direction in those genres or themes that From Software has worked on in the past in new, future titles. However, there are so many things that I want to work on, and I’m actually not communicating anything at this moment, so don’t call me a liar if they don’t happen!”
Miyazaki began his career in games development in 2004 when he joined From Software as a coder for the Armored Core series. He then went on to direct Armored Core 4 and other games before devising Demon’s Souls and directing the project in 2009. After completing the same duties on Dark Souls, he took a less involved role in its sequel Dark Souls II, with the Japanese developer acting as a supervisor for the game.
Since then he has directed Bloodborne for the PlayStation 4. He has since said that he will be taking a more hands-on role in Dark Souls III and will be responsible for the world building in the game. Isamu Okano will be helping him with the latest title though, acting as co-director and overseeing the everyday work.