Dark Souls Dev Has No Current VR Plans Due To Technological Limitations
Dark Souls developer, FromSoftware, gained critical acclaim with their development of the Dark Souls series. Since then, the studio began dabbling in other original ventures include a similar title called Bloodborne, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and even a gorgeous virtual reality experience in Déraciné. Despite dipping their toes in an entirely different medium, FromSoftware doesn’t have current plants to go further down that road.
Despite their experiments with VR, the Dark Souls developer has no current plans to create another one anytime soon. “There are no solid plans right now,” Masanori Takeuchi told Destructoid. “It’s because when we did Déraciné, the hardware was actually a little more limiting than we expected. We couldn’t quite render and depict the things we wanted to using PSVR – just the hardware and the know-how we had at the time. So perhaps we’ll wait a little bit and see what happens with the PS5 or the next-gen hardware, and then see what sort of performance we can get from that, what we can render on that hardware, and then make a decision.”
With that said, the road to another virtual reality title isn’t completely out of the picture. The FromSoftware crew have ideas as the technological capabilities of VR improve. Takeuchi added:
We have some ideas [for possible VR games] but we have to wait and see how the hardware progresses. Especially with Déraciné, we had to focus less on game design and more on how this is affecting the player. If they’re getting sick from low resolution when they move their head or low frame rate or something, we have to reconsider the game design and how to make that a comfortable experience first and foremost.”
However, the Dark Souls developer have tons of other projects to tackle at-hand, including properties for the next generation of console gaming – Google Stadia, Project Scarlett, and PS5. What do you think of FromSoftware’s choice to avoid creating a new virtual reality experience for the time being? Did you enjoy what they brought to the table with Deracine? Let us know what you’ll deep dive into first in the comments section below or start a conversation on Don’t Feed the Gamers Facebook page. To stay up to date on gaming and entertainment news as it happens, follow us on Twitter! Here are some of our latest:
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