Dark Souls III's two DLC packs will be the final instalments in the beloved Dark Souls franchise, creator Hidetaka Miyazaki has confirmed.
Fans have clamoured for clarification ever since the base game's press release described it as "the final episode," but in an interview with Polygon, Miyazaki said "it's time to move away from the Dark Souls franchise."
"As president of From Software, I’m not completely denying the possibility of bringing back the franchise in the future. There could be someone else in my company who wants to work on new installments. But we believe that the series will end after the two DLC."
Miyazaki suggested that "HD remakes" of the series would be more likely than further new games, but elements of Dark Souls could make their way into other From Software titles.
"I'm not saying I won’t work on a Dark Souls-like game or a dark fantasy game," he explained.
"As new technology is introduced, we would like to take what we learned from Dark Souls and use it in future IP."
The game's first DLC pack, Ashes of Ariandel, takes players to a wide-open, snowy environment, reminiscent of the Painted World of Ariamis from the first Dark Souls, to face new enemies from giant knights to sentient trees and packs of wolves.
True to form, it will also feature a range of new spells, armour sets, and weapons, including a throwable spear, and as today's spoilery gameplay trailer illustrates, a fan-favourite boss will make a appearance.
Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel releases on October 25 for new-gen consoles and PC, to be followed by a second, final DLC instalment early next year.