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A Conversation with Bloodborne Creator Hidetaka Miyazaki

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Fred Dutton's Avatar Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 // SCEE Blog Manager

Okay, let’s make this 100% clear. When it comes to the Souls series – and the work of creator Hidetaka Miyazaki in general – I’m a proud, unabashed fanboy and I’ll happily assault anyone who comes within shouting distance with irrefutable testament. Duly, with From Software’s latest effort – the deliciously dark action epic Bloodborne – just a few days out from launch, I’ve got one last chance to jump on my sandbox and bang the drum ;)

Last week, Miyazaki-san was kind enough to put aside a little of his valuable time to answer a few questions about his eagerly anticipated PS4 exclusive. Read on to find out what he had to say – and you need not worry about spoilers. Like so many of you, I’m doing my upmost to ensure I know as little as possible about the gruesome treats that lie in wait when I boot up my copy of the game next week.

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The Souls titles were never specifically labelled ‘horror’, but I can think of few other games that fill me with such a sense of fear and dread while playing. It looks like you’re taking that ball and running with it in Bloodborne – just watching the trailers makes me incredibly anxious…

Hidetaka Miyazaki: There are several reasons why you need a sense of horror in the world, especially with Bloodborne, which has a more chilling world view than Souls. It’s not like horror is something we specifically go for, but it’s important to have that sense of fear and terror because it directly ties into the player overcoming that and enhancing their sense of achievement.

At the same time, my personal view is that the world we live in can be a harsh and unkind place. To create a game world that is always kind to players – that’s not how I see the real world. Whether it be nature or society, it’s often a harsh and unkind environment – so that translates into my games.

I know there are some who prefer the ‘hub’ system from Demon’s Souls but for me, one of the most memorable aspects of your recent work was the extraordinary world-building of Dark Souls – how the game’s locations all linked up like some grand, intricate work of origami. How have you approached Bloodborne’s map design?

Hidetaka Miyazaki: I wanted to take the best of both approaches. So every area is linked in one way or another much like the first Dark Souls, but you also have a hub system like Demon’s Souls.

The world itself is a painted world in several respects – like Dark Souls – but essentially each area is still seamlessly connected. At the same time, to access each point, there are central hubs that act as warp points, and to reach new points, you still have the hub which also acts as a refuge as well. I wanted to combine the best of these elements so that you’d be able to easily go to areas you’ve already discovered.

Since launch, the stature of Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls has grown and grown, and they now inhabit pretty rarefied air, comfortably sitting among the all-time greats. How do you deal with having such an obsessive and passionate fanbase?

Hidetaka Miyazaki: First of all, I’m incredibly happy to have these fans. I’d be lying if I didn’t feel pressure to meet their expectations, but I get a lot of enjoyment reading and hearing what they have to say.

For these people to put so much time into my games and really discuss things that I’ve created with such passion… I’ll go online and enjoy reading what they have to say. Of course, sometimes there are things that are not so enjoyable to read – but even taking that on board, over all I take great pleasure in their comments. As a creator it’s such a valuable resource, to listen to their honest feedback and think about what game I’m going to make next. You couldn’t go out there and pay people money to put in the hours that these people do!

When I went to PlayStation Experience in the USA at the end of last year, there was a Q&A panel there with the players, and I realised the level of passion that people have.

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Does it bother you that people are so fixated on your games’ perceived high level of difficulty, rather than other aspects of the experience?

Hidetaka Miyazaki: It’s not something I find frustrating. I do understand why people ask about it a lot, but I’m happy that people are fascinated by it – in that respect I don’t mind being repeatedly asked about difficulty. It’s something that I find enjoyable to discuss.

As a game creator – or a creator of anything – for people to be fascinated and ask questions and be curious about what I’m making, that’s something that can’t be taken for granted and I’m very grateful for that.

Often to the detriment of my social life, I’ve found Souls games to be hugely replayable, relinquishing new secrets every time I return to them. How are you approaching New Game + in Bloodborne?

Hidetaka Miyazaki: The actual set-up is essentially the same, but if you play it I think you’ll see that the feel is a bit different to Souls. There is that replayability in the same form for Bloodborne as there was in Dark Souls, but it’s a different game, so even if the feature is similar, you might have a different experience with New Game + or New Game ++ – or however many times you choose to replay.

A simple example is that there is no defensive style of play in Bloodborne. That starts to be more apparent the more New Game + playthroughs you go through. So a gamer can experience a different taste of New Game + compared to a Souls game. I’d like gamers to challenge themselves and see what they can get out of New Game +.

There’s been a little consternation among Souls fans on the web at the suggestion that Bloodborne won’t feature quite so many weapons as in the Souls games. Can you clarify exactly how the weapon system works in Bloodborne?

Hidetaka Miyazaki: In terms of how many physical weapons there are, the amount is less than in a Souls game, but that’s to some extent a decision made due to the game design.

The weapons transform – so one weapon will have various uses and strategies that you can implement. You can also customise your weapon with Blood Gems. There are different types and you can slot in up to three at a time. One gem might have you use less stamina per swing, for example.

You can have many different combinations – so actually the amount of weapons in Souls is absorbed in Bloodborne by this customisation element and how someone can tailor a weapon to how they want to use it. In a way, the variety is still there, but it’s absorbed down on a customisation level, rather than in the quantity of actual weapons, much more than in Souls.

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+ pelagato24 on March 20th, 2015 at 9:09 am said:

First?


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+ pelagato24 on March 20th, 2015 at 9:10 am said:

Yay!.. On topic now: Can’t wait to start playing this game! =D


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+ Wallaby32 on March 20th, 2015 at 9:34 am said:

so… excited… Must occupy mind until Tuesday!


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+ ANGRYFEAR5 on March 20th, 2015 at 9:38 am said:

When is the PS4 getting External Hard Drive Support? It’s far more important than video chat. Please hurry up and support External Hard Drives. Not everyone has fast internet and can redownload load these massive games quickly. Not to mention the patches and the lack of delete-able DLC. If the Xbox one wasn’t inferior I’d be buying my games there because it supports External Hard Drives. GET ON IT SONY!!!


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+ perrandy on March 20th, 2015 at 9:47 am said:

it would have been nice if you guys had recorded a video interview instead of this.nonetheless, i’m excited about the game!


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+ MarinoBrea on March 20th, 2015 at 9:59 am said:

DADDYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ boxmyth on March 20th, 2015 at 10:17 am said:

Hidetaka Miyazaki is a PlayStation Hero. Come on, Tuesday…


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+ warmaxz on March 20th, 2015 at 10:53 am said:

miyazaki you are a gifted sexy talented game creator, please keep creating your masterpieces, we love playing them, your games are the only ones were i truly enjoy my time playing a game, it’s truly a unique experience for me to play them always. Back in 2010 when i played Demon Souls there was no game that hit me so hard as yours did it was truly the best tasting game I’ve ever played in my whole life. I love you for that you gave me the best crazy hours of my life playing that game. LOVE YOUUUUUUU looking forward to everything your going to make :) you are my god and i worship you till the end


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+ warmaxz on March 20th, 2015 at 10:54 am said:

I BOUGHT A PS4 JUST SO I CAN BUY AND PLAY BLOODBORNE ITS ALL BECAUSE OF YOU SEXY MIYAZAKIIII


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+ samv33 on March 20th, 2015 at 10:56 am said:

I have to admit I’m kind of nervous about the lack of defense, or rather, the emphasis on offense. My approach to the Souls games has been to walk around with my shield raised.

For some reason this interview reminded me of how hard my heart would beat at every boss battle in Dark Souls. I could feel it thumping in my chest. Such a relief to win those battles.

Tuesday can’t get here fast enough.


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+ Seluhir on March 20th, 2015 at 11:02 am said:

Bloodborne is looking different enough from the bland and sluggish combat I’m used to within the souls games to actually intrigue me enough to play.

I’ve always felt that the souls games were just a lot of memorization and frustration for very little payoff since beating an enemy or a boss just left me feeling tired, not accomplished(don’t get me wrong, the game wasn’t ‘too difficult’, the difficulty just never felt rewarding – the souls games were far from the hardest games I’ve ever played)… but the different pacing and weapon style seems like just the change to make the game have some actual fun value which I’m looking forward to.

It’s just unfortunate they chose this month to come out. This month which has like 5 games I’m more excited for, which means it’ll have to wait. If April ends up being a bit slower than March for me, I’ll try to grab Bloodborne then ’cause it certainly looks interesting.


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+ Pabloo1010 on March 20th, 2015 at 11:07 am said:

Waiting on my collectors edition! Been practicing for this with Demon Souls which I got free with PS Plus :).
This will be my first Day 1 Souls game!


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+ lnsan3d on March 20th, 2015 at 11:19 am said:

“when I boot up my copy of the game next Friday.”

FRIDAY?!?


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    + Justin Massongill on March 21st, 2015 at 2:54 pm said:

    Have no fear, it’s out in the US on Tuesday. Fred (the author of this piece) heads up the European PlayStation.Blog; we simply forgot to change the date when we published the post on our side. :x


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+ Bellalara on March 20th, 2015 at 12:09 pm said:

Can’t wait for the greatness!


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+ Stoofer64 on March 20th, 2015 at 1:17 pm said:

” I’ve got one last chance to jump on my sandbox and bang the drum ”

Sorry to be that guy but you jump on a soapbox, not a sandbox. Apart from that, great interview, thank you.


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+ OnTheBus666 on March 20th, 2015 at 1:21 pm said:

Tuesday can’t come fast enough


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+ thoughtseize77 on March 20th, 2015 at 7:07 pm said:

I’M SO EXCITED FOR NEXT WEEK

I BOUGHT MY PS4 LAST SUMMER, IMMEDIATELY RIGHT AFTER THIS GAME WAS ANNOUNCED. IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING, I’VE HAD A BLAST WITH MANY GAMES ON MY PS4, BUT THIS WILL TAKE THE CAKE.

I CAN’T FORESEE ANY GAME COMING OUT IN 2015 REMOTELY COMING CLOSE TO THIS EXPERIENCE.

PERSONA 5….I HOPE.
THE NEW BATMAN GAME….SLIGHT CHANCE.
THAT’S ABOUT IT.

weeeeeeeeeeee. HAMMER TIME folks


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+ thoughtseize77 on March 20th, 2015 at 7:08 pm said:

errr…i meant coming close to how awesome this experience will be*


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+ DesertAss2in on March 21st, 2015 at 12:41 am said:

Miyazaki-san! Let us PRAISE THE SUN!!! in Bloodborne!!!


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+ halicarnassis on March 21st, 2015 at 4:59 am said:

preordered digitally and am just waiting for Friday. Lets hope its first thing in the morning so I can pull a sickie! lol!


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+ YungShep on March 21st, 2015 at 2:17 pm said:

im streaming this every time i play it.


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+ NALCOR4EVER on March 22nd, 2015 at 1:04 am said:

Angryfears you can already update your storage space to 2 terra bites on ps4. I already have go on amazon and look for the qwy or qiy 2tb stats hard drive ps4 kit it’s simple and easy to do. If you have further questions add me to your friends on psn


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+ gess32 on April 17th, 2015 at 9:55 pm said:

I’ve wasted so many insights trying to get help but with a big fail no one comes some bosses I’ve soloed others I half to pass up because I can’t spend 3 hours trying to pass it what should I do I’m leave 234 on my 3rd play threw wby use insights on getting help if it doesn’t work?


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