From Software Would Like To Expand Their Lineup With More Japanese-Style Games

By Sato . July 22, 2014 . 8:30am

From Software have had successful titles with games like Dark Souls II recently, but president Hidetaka Miyazaki recently spoke to Famitsu about how they’d like to expand their lineup with more Japanese-style games. (Thanks, Game Jouhou)


During the interview, Miyazaki explained that there haven’t been any significant changes in management policy since From Software has been acquired by Kadokawa, and they’ll continue to develop, publish, and make things with From Software characteristics.


Miyazaki also mentioned that he doesn’t have any collaboration titles in mind, regardless of the acquisition by Kadokawa, although he did think that the online talks of a possible Kantai Collection and Armored Core collaboration were pretty interesting.


“The steady flow of dark fantasy games and mecha are something we’d like to continue taking good care of,” says Miyazaki about  From Software’s well known series in Dark Souls and Armored Core.


otogi-screenshot_large Otogi: Myth of Demons


However, he also believes that their current lineup is a little limited, and would like to have more variety as possible, including titles that represent a Japanese style, similar to what we’ve seen in series such as Tenchu and Otogi.


Finally, when asked whether the Armored Core series will continue going on, he stated: “They’re titles we’ve continued working on for the past 11 years, so we’ll continue taking good care of them.”


Miyazaki added: “There seems to be some talk about how I dislike the Armored Core series, but that is simply not true. Actually, I’d even like to direct a new title myself.”

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  • Just get back to tenchu and then we good.

  • Randgriz

    I hope Kadokawa encourage From Software to do Vita development, id love to see what From would do with the vita since their abundant Armoured Core PSP games.

    • Tarkovsky

      While Kadokawa are developing Vita games themselves, I think the decision ultimately lies with From even though Kadokawa could just force them to haha.

  • Calintz YT

    Nice, I love Japanese style games.

  • Kenny Loh


  • Suzaku

    I’d love to see a proper revival of the Tenchu series. The franchise went downhill so quickly after K2 LLC took over development.

  • RagingTiger44

    Otogi, the series that got away. Never got to play it because my Xbox broke down. If only there was some sort of HD remake…

    • GibbRS

      They’re both fantastic games, but Otogi 2 holds a special place in my heart. I loved the different characters you could choose, and how varied their attacks were. It was also crazy fun to go around destroying everything in a level.

      I’d absolutely love an HD collection and would especially love a new entry in the series.

  • What was that game they used to make before Dark Souls? King’s something? Or was that just the American title.

    • Tenshi

      King’s Field.

    • JonathanisPrimus

      King’s Field

  • MaidKillua

    I adored Tenchu and Armored Core as a kid on my PS2. Wrath of Heaven was one of the first stealth games I ever played. Tenchu Z was pretty meh and I have yet to play any of the current gen AC because of the online focus and the fact that I always cheap out on my Live subscription

    • Demeanor

      I LOVED Tenchu Kurenai a lot! :D

      • Lyserg1260

        Yep, it was very nice to play good game like Kurenai after messing with Tenchu 3 Wrath of Crap

  • More Tenchu equal more day one purchases.

  • Zazon Zenzy

    KanColle X Dark Souls crossover? I wanna see how that will work out.

  • William Carpenter

    Yeah, but the real question is, when is From Software gonna give us what we all really want and unveil Lost Kingdoms 3?

  • Namuro

    Armored Core with Fuedal Japan settings, with samurai-like mechs!

    I actually would like to see a continuation of Tenchu, or a new game with similar gameplay, though…

    • Godmars

      Think they did something along those lines for the Dreamcast.

      • Namuro

        Frame Gride?

        Well… It does have mechs with swords, but they’re more fantasy-knights than samurai…

        • Godmars

          Monster Hunter + Front Mission + open world setting? Is that too much to ask?

          I mean, its too much to do baring game making experience and/or a few million including start-up money cost, but is it too much to ask?

          • Namuro

            Well… It’s not just about the cost. Monster Hunter’s core mechanic just doesn’t suit an opened world setting, nor does Front Mission. Unless, you have to change those two games into a generic hack & slash game, which would be missing the point.

            At this point in time, I think custom-mod is the best way to go. There are already Monster Hunter mod for games like Skyrim; you just need to throw in some Front Mission mechs in there. Of course, you wouldn’t be getting any new gameplay, just different skins…

  • Goufunaki

    Would love a new Tenchu!

  • Yaro

    I look forward to japanese devs making japanese games again. (not that I dislike souls or anything, but I would love to see them do something else for a change)

  • Michael Gacillos O’Hair

    An open-world feudal Japan action-adventure game blending historical and mythological elements would be neat.

  • Hexodious

    Persona 4 x Dark Souls crossover just to piss off casuals?


  • Well sweet, I would love a souls game with crazy japanese monsters. Also a new Otogi or Tenchu would be fantastic too

  • Crevox

    ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ノ Bring back Lost Kingdoms ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ノ

  • Unlimax

    I hope from the deep of my heart that they wont make Tenchu an Xbox exclusive again , Bring back Tenchu to where its belong From Software <3

  • TrannyMagic


  • Kornelious

    While i do love the Soul series, I would LOVE to see what FromSoftware can do in a more anime-esque environment :D

    • Kai2591

      Yes please :)

    • Black Heaven

      Could be dark and serious though, that coupled with their interest for Japanese style games, From might cook up something like Basilisk or Ninja Scroll style of anime game.

  • Demeanor

    By all means expand your collection with a PS4 version of Dark Souls I AND II, plus a Tenchu reboot. And I’ll scream your awesomness to the heavens. XD

  • Audie Bakerson

    Lost Kingdoms 3 set in a more “eastern” setting with appropriate monsters/cards. The lore even already supports it (I recall there’s another continent with another true runestone).

  • landlock

    Great! because as much as I love the Souls series. I really miss the time when they released games like Evergrace, Otogi, Lost KIngdoms, Echo Night, Kuon.

    I’m happy they mentioned Otogi by name as well.

    • Vash bane

      ah I remember evergrace never got that far into the game but that soundtrack…specially the first stage.

      • It’s janky, but I enjoyed Evergrace quite a bit. I agree about the soundtrack.

    • Göran Isacson

      You and me both, man. The thought of what they could do with todays tech and a modern Otogi in terms of destructible environments… I’m gonna need another bib.

  • Vash bane

    oh how I miss tenchu lol if it wasn’t for that series I wouldn’t enjoy all this ninja games we see today (but I forgot the main males name but I do remember saying when I first saw kakashi that he looked like him) haven’t played the otogi series personally sadly.

    • leingod


  • Godmars

    Kentai + Armored = rather shallow combat game with a main strength in customizing body types, bikinis, weapons and accessories.

  • Godmars

    Still hoping one day for a Tench meshed with GTA. A stealth “open world” game.

  • KuroNathan

    I’d like to see another Kuon game. That’s actually what got me started on my horror craze

  • fairysun

    Yes, more Tenchu please!

    Tenchu 2 story is awesome.
    Cliche story but very good execution.

    • Lyserg1260

      Oh yes, best Tenchu game ever :) If you prefer good plot than good gameplay you should get Tenchu 4, gameplay is quite boring but story is awesome too. Just stay away from Tenchu 3 because this game is piece of crap :)

    • ishyg

      DAT abs.

  • 60hz

    Otogi… yes. do. it.

  • Lastlight

    PLEASE before you do that make an Armored Core for the Vita

  • Ni ~Algidus~

    >Kantai Collection and Armored Core collaboration
    just do it.
    BlackGlint with Tenryuu painting or a kancole game with Armored Core gameplay

  • z_merquise

    I want to see some crazy, over-the-top action game from them. Kinda like Metal Wolf Chaos.

  • MrTyrant

    >he did think that the online talks of a possible Kantai Collection and Armored Core collaboration were pretty interesting.

    C’mon I been waiting for this.

  • leingod

    I’d be all for a new Tenchu game, as long as they do it right. They’ve learned a thing or two with their “Souls” series, so I don’t think they’ll screw it up again like they did with Tenchu 4.

    • Black Heaven

      They could also learn a thing or two from Mark of the Ninja, dubbed “Stealth Game Done Right”. It’s not from From, but they could at least try it?

      • Lyserg1260

        Well Tenchu 4 was the most similar to Mark of The Ninja.

      • leingod

        IMO they should take some elements from the Assassin’s Creed and Batman games. Assassin’s climbing and Batman’s grapple hook.

        • Black Heaven

          Taking that further…
          Climbing should also include traversing on ceilings. Not just walking on them normally, I meant moving and staying upside down, and stealth killing in that position. That should add some vertical space towards Tenchu’s level design.

          Edit: On Assassin’s Creed style climbing, considering Edo-era Japanese houses and castles, I’m not sure if ninjas have much to hold on to unlike European style buildings. It may be much easier to just tiptoe across the roof.

          As for grapple hook, isn’t it already in the games? You can’t pendulum swing with it, but you can use it to magnetically pull yourself up to smooth ledges with nowhere to hook on… Yeah, that needs update too. T_T

          Disclaimer: I only played Tenchu 2, so I may be too outdated and some of these are already in the latest Tenchu games so… go easy on me. :)

          • leingod

            Yeah, well, I meant Batman’s fast grappling hook mechanics. If I remember well, on Tenchu you had to aim the grappling hook in first person view for it to latch anywhere. It’s an outdated mechanic, and it was a hassle even back then.

    • Lyserg1260

      Tenchu 4 is second best Tenchu IMO, right after the best one – Tenchu 2. The worst one is definitely Tenchu 3 (Wrath of Heaven).

      • leingod

        I liked Wrath of Heaven… IMO the worst one is Tenchu Z.

  • I would love a new Tenchu and Lost Kingdoms. Maybe try and get PS2 classics going I want to play Kuon it is quite rare now.

    EDIT: Metal Wolf Chaos HD. Not only is it a Japan only XBOX game (rare sight!) but expensive one at that. Please give it another chance.


  • DudeJericho



  • come on tenchu!

  • Warboss Aohd

    like Tenchu and Otogi?

    go for it, sounds good to me.

  • Fox

    A shame FROM seems to be such complete ass at mech games. 3 out of the last 4 Armored Core games were absolute rubbish, and let’s just pretend ACE:R never happened.

    • 永次

      ACE: R was Bandai fault, the Super Robot Team from Banpresto fucked up the game imposing a lot of shit from Super Robot Taisen like Tension, more Arcade gameplay, the flowchart SRT-style…

      Play Gundam Unicorn, it is an ACE 3 100%

      • Fox

        I have played it. It’s fun, but I don’t remember ACE3 being so sluggish. If you manage to ignore the optical illusion created by the whooshing particles in UC, you’ll notice that MS movement is really, really, really slow.

        • 永次

          Yes, the “turbo” is very slow, that’s the only good thing about the ACE: R “improvements” which appeared later in ACE: P.
          BTW, ACE1, 2 and 3 are very slow too, not like UC but very slow, well, ACE is a Robot simulator.

  • Armageddon

    Nice I like japanese style games they are just so beautiful and elegant in terms of graphics and art. Graceful in terms of gameplay(I mean like in tenchu they don’t use brute force but knowledge and technique in taking down their foes. One cut one kill).
    On another note:
    Wish they intent to bring a “dark souls experience” on the vita.

  • Nesther

    More ninja stealth is always a good thing.

  • CirnoLakes

    “Kantai Collection”

    Oh my goodness yes! Please please yes! I would love From Software so much if they did this.

  • Darn you, Siliconera! Don’t put up pics of Otogi and Tenchu unless we’re gonna get more of those, because I WANT TO SEE NEW ENTRIES OF BOTH SERIES!

    Also, Metal Wolf Chaos. PLEASE make another MWC, From Software! PLEASE!

  • Ryudo9

    Bring back Frame Gride!

  • Beau Provenzano

    tenchu please, just release a new tenchu with wrath of heaven like gameplay and Ayame to have her old appearance back from wrath.

  • Beau Provenzano

    With it, I release a video and just after an hour of the video release I’ve gotten over 100 likes
    Please I need everyone here to share this to as many people as they can if we wanna make it a reality.
    Just share, post on other forums do whatcha gotta do.

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