From Elden Ring to Bloodborne & the Rest, Soulslike Creator Hidetaka Miyazaki’s Inspiration for Some of His Bosses Could Get Him in Hot Water


Elden Ring creator Hidetaka Miyazaki, has stated that he uses some of the other company presidents that he meets as his inspiration behind the enemies and bosses of his games. In a recent interview with the Guardian, Miyazaki gets candid about his life, which he seldom does.

While asked about his work as President of FromSoftware, he spoke extensively about how he traveled with his team to Romania and the Czech Republic to try and craft a version of their gothic grandeur in Bloodborne.

However, his fascinating shift from fantasy to horror was sidestepped a bit when he revealed that he draws on the presidents of the other companies to create enemies and bosses in his games.

Miyazaki’s Statement That Has Led to Wide-Spread Debates

Talking to The Guardian, Miyazaki said,

Now I’m President, I get to meet a lot of other company presidents. They’re such weird people. I’m fascinated by them. I use some of them as enemy charachters in our games.

While most CEOs or company presidents refrain from talking so openly about other companies or their employees, Hidetaka Miyazaki is an exception to the norm. Much like his games, he is hard to decipher.

After starting as a coder at From Software in 2004, Miyazaki started his game development career by working on the robot-combat series Armored Core. Later, influenced by Ico, Miyazaki took the helm of the then-failing Demon’s Souls game. And the rest is history.

With titles like Elden Ring, Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, Dark Souls III, and Bloodborne under his belt, it is safe to say that despite his elusive presence, Hidetaka Miyazaki is a stalwart of modern-day video-game development.

The Villains of Miyazaki and Their Peculiar Tales

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The video games of Miyazaki are renowned for featuring some of the most deranged, cruel, and in cases outright ridiculous villains. One can only wonder which company president inspired which of his villains.

Elden Ring’s The Dung Eater, Knight Lautrec the Creep from Dark Souls, King Vendrick from Dark Souls 2, and Iosefka from Bloodborne are all villains from Miyazaki’s creation that have certain off-the-beaten-track tendencies. Be it the Dung Eater’s obsession with defilement, Iosefka’s sudden and subtle change in tone, Knight Lautrec’s outright creepy behavior in return for saving his life, and King Vendrick being a shade better than a mindless zombie are all signifying factors of Miyazaki’s creation.

To say that these creatures of the games have been inspired by presidents of other companies is wild. And yet Miyazaki said it. Now as fans, all we can do is sit back and keep a watch out for exactly how hot the waters surrounding Miyazaki get.

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