Hidetaka Miyazaki Also Found Elden Ring Difficult; Admits He Sucks At Video Games

We don't blame him.

Story Highlights

  • Hidetaka Miyazaki admits that he sucks at video games, finding Elden Ring difficult to play.
  • During his playthrough in preparation for the DLC, he used every scrap of aid to survive the title.
  • The game director also avoids playing his works once they launch to avoid scrutinizing details.

In an interview with The Guardian, FromSoftware CEO and Elden Ring director Hidetaka Miyazaki described his playthrough of the game. He implies that it was quite difficult for him to go through the main story, admitting that he sucks at video games. Like most of us, he also had to rely on “every scrap of aid” that the RPG offers to stand a chance at clearing it ahead of Shadow of the Erdtree. 

In preparation for Shadow of the Erdtree, I played through the main story of Elden Ring. I want to preface this by saying I absolutely suck at video games, so my approach or play style was to use everything I have at my disposal, all the assistance, every scrap of aid that the game offers,” said Miyazaki.

However, Miyazaki also had another advantage at his disposal. As the “architect” of the game, he knew the ins and outs of everything. The open-world design and freedom to approach bosses also helped the director clear the story.

Hidetaka Miyazaki Avoids Playing His Games Once They Release

During the development process, the company CEO is often very much involved in playing his projects. However, once they are released, he avoids touching them altogether to not be bothered by any “things” he left on the table or “issues” that will bug him. Since becoming a player means he’d be powerless to do anything as a developer.

Playing through Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree has also been a challenge for the devs | Image Source: Steam
Playing through Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree is quite a challenging experience | Image Source: Steam

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It’s kind of reassuring to learn that even the connoisseur behind the Souls genre finds his projects difficult. For him to use summons and other helpful strategies to toil through Elden Ring also breaks the notion that relying on them is the wrong way to play the game, as some players think.

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