The Misleading Words of Hidetaka Miyazaki

Hidetaka Miyazaki, the creative director and studio boss at FromSoftware, has a tendency to downplay the success of his games. In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Miyazaki described the love for his games as simply “Players seem to enjoy our games.” This understatement is characteristic of Miyazaki, dating back to his work on Demon’s Souls, the game that sparked the Souls series and the Soulslike genre.

One recent example of Miyazaki’s tendency to downplay things is his estimation of the forthcoming Elden Ring DLC, Shadow of the Erdtree. In an interview with IGN, Miyazaki claimed that the DLC’s main area, the Land of Shadow, is “comparable” in size to the base game’s opening area, Limgrave, “if not larger.” However, this statement is vague and leaves much to interpretation. Without clear geographical borders in the Lands Between, it is difficult to determine the actual size of the areas.

Miyazaki has also made claims about the length of gameplay in Elden Ring. He suggested that the game could be completed in around 30 hours without taking any “detours.” However, many players, including myself, have found that a first playthrough of Elden Ring can take significantly longer. My initial playthrough lasted about 125 hours, even with detours. This raises questions about the accuracy of Miyazaki’s estimates and his definition of “detours.”

While Miyazaki’s estimates may be accurate for some players, they seem to be misleading for many others. The website How Long To Beat provides a more realistic estimate of just under 60 hours for completing Elden Ring’s main story with no extras. This stark contrast calls into question Miyazaki’s understanding of the length and complexity of his own games.

Hidetaka Miyazaki’s tendency to downplay the success and scope of his games can be both amusing and frustrating for fans. His vague estimates and misleading statements about game length only serve to confuse and sometimes disappoint players. While Miyazaki’s intentions may be sincere, his words often fail to accurately represent the true experience of playing a FromSoftware game. As fans eagerly await the release of the Elden Ring DLC, Shadow of the Erdtree, it remains to be seen whether Miyazaki’s words will once again fall short of reality.


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