Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice already does a good job of balancing entertaining combat gameplay with its story. It has difficult boss battles and enemy encounters, as well as a narrative that offers four different endings that require multiple playthroughs. However, its creator wants to do more when it comes to video game narratives, and even make one emulating the style of Red Dead Redemption 2.
Speaking at Reboot Develop in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice creator and Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki revealed his normal process for making a game. Miyazaki often puts gameplay development before story, but he would like to turn this around, making a game that puts a greater spotlight on the narrative.
Via a translator, Miyazaki said that he would like to make a narrative game like Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2. Red Dead Redemption 2 reviews have heaped praise upon the game's story and its in depth look at the cowboy life and the hardships of living a life of crime. The narrative, which takes as long as 60 hours to complete, has multiple chapters, as well as ups, downs, and emotional gut punches.
Miyazaki also acknowledged that to make a narrative game like Red Dead Redemption 2, he would need to get much better at communicating his vision for the story. Sometimes the development team doesn't fully understand the plot of its games like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. As developers like Death Stranding creator Hideo Kojima would likely attest, getting other team members to understand the vision of a game can be difficult. While this may not matter in games that are more about gameplay, it could potentially be disastrous for a game with a much larger story to tell.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice hasn't been out for long, and Miyazaki and the rest of the team at From Software are likely still in bug fixing and celebration mode. They may not be actively preparing to make their next game just yet, so fans shouldn't expect the studio to announce a Red Dead Redemption 2 style game at E3 2019.
However, this wouldn't be the first time that Miyazaki has revealed that he would like to do something more ambitious in the future. In another interview, the Sekiro developer said he would like to make a battle royale game and put his own spin on it. So From Software's next game - whether it's a massive story based title or a multiplayer game - may be a total surprise.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.