Dark Souls, Elden Ring Creator Says He’s Always “The Proudest” Of A Boss

Hidetaka Miyazaki, the president and director of FromSoftware, has been involved in the creation of several memorable bosses over the years, given that he has worked on everything from Dark Souls games to transmitted by blood at Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and, more recently, on Ring of Elden. While gamers who have frequented a FromSoftware game or two likely have their favorite boss or at least one or two standouts, Miyazaki himself has one he says he is still “most proud of”.

Miyazaki commented on his favorite boss of his games in a PlayStation Blog post that looked back at some of FromSoftware’s best villains before. Elden Ring’s Release. Unsurprisingly, Miyazaki stayed with the old monk of Demon’s Souls as a boss, he is most proud. He has said that before in interviews, and even after creating every other game FromSoftware is known for, his affinity with the old monk persists.

“If we’re talking about a boss I’m ‘most proud of’ (to use those specific words), it would probably be the Old Monk of Demon’s Souls“, Miyazaki said in the PlayStation Blog post. “The reason is that there was a lot of resistance against this design and what we were trying to do with it. But it was something I really, really wanted to do. I wanted to incorporate this boss concept into the game, both from a visual design perspective and from a gameplay perspective, including the multiplayer element. From an implementation and fun point of view, we received a lot of negative feedback, and nobody believed it at the time. But in the end, we pulled it off, and I think it turned into an intriguing boss that the fans enjoyed.”

He went on to say that this boss highlighted the game’s online features and “encapsulates those tribulations” and how the developers overcame the convoluted system.

For those who played the original Demon’s Souls or the remade version released on PlayStation 5, it’s easy to imagine why the Old Monk would be a favorite. This boss features a unique PvP battle where the boss summons another player to fight you once you approach the arena. It’s a trick repeated later in Dark Souls II when you fight the Looking Glass Knight, and it’s the one that still appealed to players even when the remake came out.

Ring of Elden is due out later this month on February 25th, so expect there to be plenty more bosses to choose from when picking your favorite.

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