Dark Souls Dev From Software Staffing Up for New IP

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Weeks after the hugely successful launch of Dark Souls 3, From Software is hiring new staff as the studio prepares to begin development on a brand new IP.

From Software has just released Dark Souls 3, a game that’s set to close out one of the most popular new franchises in recent years. It would be easy for the studio to get caught up in that success — but management is reportedly already hiring for its next project.

The company recently uploaded a video to its official YouTube channel that acts as a retrospective of the various games it has released over its 30-year history. Given that the clip’s title is ‘Lineup for Recruit,’ it seems that it’s intended to be used during the hiring of new staff.

The clip ends with a screen stating that the next project to be released by From Software will launch in 2017. It also offers up an intriguing tease, stating that said game will be available for PlayStation VR hardware, as well as PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

It’s certainly interesting to see that From Software will seemingly need to expand its numbers for whatever this next project comprises of. The company’s website states that as of August 2015, 236 members of staff were on its roster, so this is by no means a small team even ahead of this hiring drive.

President of From Software Hidetaka Miyazaki has previously stated that the company will concentrate on creating something new after Dark Souls 3 has been released. This decision relates to the game beingthe final project that began life under his predecessor, before he entered the role in 2014.

The new IP From Software will set about envisaging will likely stray from the Dark Souls formula much more than 2015’s Bloodborne. While that game was very well received, it still felt like a different twist on the series that has given the studio such great success in recent years.

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However, this is a company that’s well aware of the importance of variety. From Software has produced games of all different kinds for a huge range of consoles over the past three decades, from the hugely popular mech action series Armored Core, to the hack-and-slash Otogi games and more conventional RPG output like Enchanted Arms.

It’s difficult to say where From Software will land next, although it’s reasonable to expect that the results will be worth playing. However, we perhaps won’t hear too much about the studio’s next project for a little while — at least until the planned DLC for Dark Souls 3 is completed and released.

Dark Souls 3 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Source: VG247