Elden Ring: what should From Software do next?

The Fire Ring is undeniably the star of early 2022. We should be approaching the 15 million copies sold at the moment. It’s colossal, and this hyperpopularity has changed many things for the From Software studio. The studio is more than ever in the spotlight and you will see that its future is already well underway … So: “What is the continuation of Elden Ring’s huge success?”. We will answer this question, which obviously works a lot for you …

Summary

  • The Fire Ring: its immediate future
  • A fresh, cleaner start …
  • More output, more icons?
  • Elden Ring 2? Really?
  • Is the succession already on the right track?

The following text is a transcript of the video above

Let us first talk about the immediate futureElden Ring. The studio is not done with its goose that lays the golden egg. It is safe and even confirmed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, the head of From Software and producer of the project, who gave an interview to a Japanese magazine. We experience that updates will actually come, as has been the case since its release. If you know the studio a bit, you can imagine that the game is likely to benefit from its success with one or more DLCs. We told you about it in our various sections of JV LOREdedicated to the Elden Ring, but there are totally unused places in the game, especially the Colosseums scattered across the map, which have no attached history. This is the possibility for the studio to make PVP zones there, or even narrative sequences.

The story of the Fire Ring is very rich, and the game begins a little after the battle, while the kingdoms are decimated, emptied. It could therefore be interesting to immerse ourselves in the past of a specific area: Raya Lucaria’s academy during its search, Radahn Castle under attack from Malénia’s forces, … In short, as intense passages as we have seen in movies or in trailers, and as we would love to explore ourselves in additional content. And when we see the number of buyers of the basic game who want more after 150 hours of play, then it seems to be a logical and particularly juicy move for the studio and for the publisher Bandai Namco to draw the big paid extension.


A fresh, cleaner start …

From Software, the studio behind Elden Ring and so many other games through the ages, is a Japanese company that has its flaws. Hard work, stress at work, low pay … In short, the trifecta of job passion, which we have learned to condemn in the West, but which in Japan is still part of the furniture and still finds too little resonance in print. Accidents when Elden Ring hits millions in sales in late February and early March 2022, people start learning about working conditions internally. According to the assessments of the study staff, on the Career Connection page, the box is rated at 2.6 out of 5. This is a little. We are therefore at first glance stressed, poorly paid and not very happy at work when we work for From Software, and that in light of the success it quickly becomes a task. Especially since it’s 2022 and redemptions are common this year. It would therefore be a matter for From Software to dress the bride better …

As president and main producer of the box, Hidetaka Miyazaki now takes this observation very seriously and claimed to have changed the lines for several months. It must be said that the box after the success of Elden Ring has launched a major recruitment campaign, everywhere and reassures its candidates by raising the salaries of young candidates. On the group cohesion side, we are now focusing on strong synergies between developers, and we are actively fighting against work fatigue, what we commonly call crunch and which accompanies many AAA productions that are a little too eager to get out. FromSoftware wants new blood for its next projects. The study needs it and ensures the aspirants a better salary than before. On top of that come bonuses and performance bonuses. Miyazaki rules out that with Elden Ring, when the game was a hit, it generated 4 months more salary for the main members of the team. Miyazaki therefore reassures the market: working at From Software has become cool, and if he says so, it’s not for nothing …

Elden Ring: what should From Software do next?

More output, more icons?

To understand what will happen after the Fire Ring, you must also understand how the studio and its catalog will work from now on. So far, it is a structure that still revolves too much around Hidetaka Miyazaki, its star producer and CEO. And precisely this problem he is well aware of. It is the icon of its own studio, which is a risk to the company. But since he does not intend to let go of his leadership and creative positions, he will now highlight other developers from his teams. It is for this reason that you will see more and more From Software productions come out, projects over which it has very little influence. To him, creatives and their teams are sacred, and management must not interfere. It is, after all, this same philosophy that has made his own career successful, and he wants to reproduce these relationships so that other minds stand out, within teams that are now more fulfilled.

Elden Ring: what should From Software do next?

As we have seen, 2022 is an active period for the study: recruitment, salary increases and a diversity of projects with new stars to highlight. This should provide good stability for the studio, and it is not for nothing that From Software is the target of takeover rumors. A few weeks ago, analysts talked about an acquisition from Sony, which would be a pretty big move. It is therefore important that a box full of potential like From Software is as clean as possible, with a good return and a regular catalog. The construction sites are therefore launched everywhere and on the catalog page, you can imagine that the studio already has lots of cartridges in its barrel …


Elden Ring 2? Really?

“Among the projects already underway, is there Elden Ring 2?” It’s a legitimate question when you see the path of a certain Dark Souls, which was entitled to 3 encrypted episodes. Still, successors, Miyazaki, are not really his thing. It’s more something we consistently asked him to do. His favorite projects are Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, Bloodborne, Sekiro, Elden Ring, so every time you shoot, who changes narrative register and does not succumb to fashion with numbered suites. So an Elden Ring 2, especially since the game is self-sufficient, seems utopian. Moreover, Miyazaki is already very busy in the near future. He says it himself: “In addition to the titles I make myself, I participate in the development of several games made by other directors, but I can not talk about them”. So there are more unannounced projects on the way, led by other headliners.

Elden Ring: what should From Software do next?

He also adds on this topic: “I think we can show you other colors from From Software”. The goal in the immediate future is simple: change the registry a bit. It is true that with Elden Ring we are apotheizing for a genre, a formula, a vision and staying within the same reach can be risky. No other projects are known at this time, but if you want a taste of what From Software can produce outside of its comfort zone, check out Uprooted. This PSVR project, which did not necessarily please everyone, is a game that Miyazaki is very fond of because it proves that the studio can try things without having the age-old structure of very hardcore action RPGs. So we better understand how we ended up with stolen photos of one a few months ago potential remake of the Armored Core saga, from Software’s flagship saga, before Miyazaki developed his Demon’s Souls, which cracked the codes internally.


Is the succession already on the right track?

In the Japanese interview that we use as a source here, Miyazaki admits to being a little tired of the dark fantasies he built. He wants a more abstract imagination, perhaps more wild, that goes beyond the standards. He says it himself, the collaboration with Martin, the author of Game of Thrones, or even the choice of the open world, made it possible to get From Software out of the niche game. There are plenty of opportunities out there with a whole new audience ready to get on board. And while developing the Elden Ring, he admits to putting aside tons of ideas, ideas that didn’t really match the game’s framework or game design. It is therefore a sure bet that in a few years we will find Miyazaki on a project on the antipodes of an Elden Ring in terms of atmosphere and lore.

As for the immediate future of his productions, on the other hand, you should know that one of his projects, which dates back to at least 2018, is coming to an end. We should, logically enough, see the first pictures very soon. So this is the famous Armored Core remake we talked about earlier? It’s very likely and not everyone will like it …

Specifically, to answer the introductory question “What is there after the Fire Ring?”, There is a long-standing project that will soon be realized. The latter is overseen by Miyazaki, and we hope a little more “abstractly” to use his expression. We must not forget the “projects” from third-party teams at From Software, which the company recruits with revenge to bring up new internal stars. We are talking here about a busy catalog for a studio that corrects its brand image as soon as possible and polishes its masterpiece Elden Ring, which, we hope, will receive content in quantity and quality. As you probably understand, From Software is not idle and intends to accelerate the pace, boosted by the worldwide success of its latest game.


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