It's probably not what the Dark Souls fans want to hear, but director Hidetaka Miyazaki is moving on to find different, "warmer" waters.
The Demon's Souls and Dark Souls boss has left the series, as some of you know; two new directors (Tomohiro Shibuya and Yui Tanimura) are heading up the impending sequel, Dark Souls 2 . Miyazaki leaving was a "company decision" according to Namco Bandai producer Takeshi Miyazoe.
The interesting part is that Miyazaki admitted to feeling a little gloomy when working on the games in question; in speaking to Edge , the former director is "sad about not being involved" with Dark Souls 2 but he wants to find something…brighter.
"Sometimes I'd like to work on a warmer game – not necessarily casual, but warmer in terms of the atmosphere and the environment… Maybe this is the time to have new inspiration, so I'm fine about that."
Miyazaki did add that the development team fully understands "what the core of Dark Souls is," so fans needn't worry. I'll definitely want to see what Miyazaki decides to do now, and it's intriguing to hear how the style, theme and design of a game might actually affect one's mood through the course of the day. Maybe we shouldn't be surprised, though.