Hidetaka Miyazaki, president of FromSoftware and creator of the Soulsborne genre, has been named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2023.
One genre of game has had a bigger impact than any other over the past decade or so. That’s the Soulsborne genre. Games like Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, Bloodborne and most recently Elden Ring have all undeniably had a huge impact on the gaming landscape and have all been critically and commercially beloved.
Hidetaka Miyazaki, president of FromSoftware, is a big reason for the studio’s success, and with Time naming him one of the most influential people of 2023, it looks like he’ll soon be getting the recognition he deserves. On the Over the Time website, Hidetaka Miyazaki falls into the “innovator” category next to names like Bob Iger, Nathan Fielder, and Natasha Lyonne.
An entry on Miyazaki’s Time website includes a foreword by Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann. He talks about his first experience with Miyazaki games and how Elden Ring became “a great ambassador for video games” after learning how difficult they were. They show what they can do that other mediums can’t. It’s a little odd considering Druckmann recently took part in the TV adaptation of The Last of Us, but that’s a good feeling.
“When I first played Hidetaka Miyazaki’s game, I was miserable. I kept getting killed by the first enemy over and over again, but if I slowed down my approach while paying attention to the details, it suddenly clicked. I was able to defeat the enemy and go deeper into the game,” Druckmann said. I made progress and felt kind of rushed! And as I progressed in the game, I became much more careful and cautious about how I explored this world. And in return, the world returned me with tension, beauty, and surprise.”
Not only is this a big moment for FromSoftware and Miyazaki, it’s a big moment for the game as well. The last person in the gaming industry to be nominated for the award was Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto in 2007. That means it’s been 16 years since Time recognized someone in the gaming industry.
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