Elden Ring’s Director Hidetaka Miyazaki as well as a variety of PlayStation Studios developers have revealed their personal favourite characters from The Dark Souls series, Demon’s Souls, Bloodborne as well as Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
While Miyazaki had previously revealed his opinion that Old Monk boss from Demon’s Souls was his top choice, he discussed a little more about why the choice was made using PlayStation Blog.
“If we’re talking about a boss that I’m ‘most proud of’ (to use those specific words), it would probably be the Old Monk from Demon’s Souls,” Miyazaki stated. “The reason for this is it was met with a great deal of criticism against this design and the idea we wanted to achieve with it. However, it was something that I really, truly wanted to accomplish. I wanted to incorporate the boss idea into the game both from a design standpoint and a gameplay , which includes the multiplayer component.
“From both the implementation and fun factor, we got a lot of pushback, and no one believed in it at the time. But in the end, we came through, and I think it turned into an intriguing boss that the fans appreciated. With Demon’s Souls, there were a lot of mechanics throughout the development that were difficult to design. For instance, the asynchronous online features were complicated, but I think the Old Monk encompasses those tribulations and how we pushed through and made something we were proud of.”
Insomniac Games’ associate community manager Thomas Hart also chose the Old Monk. He said that the revelation that he was not fighting just an A.I. but actually a real player was an “mind blown” moment.
You can see all the bosses who were included on the list as well as the reasoning of the developers for their selections in the slide show above, which includes Great Grey Wolf, Sif Dragonslayer Ornstein as well as Executioner Smough and Knight Artorias.
For more, take a look at our review of the 10 Top Dark Souls Bosses According to fans, our hands-on review of Elden Ring’s network test and the reason why Miyazaki believes the game will see more players play the game, despite not being easy.