on 14 May 2013
I think From Software has been hesitant to include an easy difficulty or pause feature because a big aspect of the game is its online elements. Creating a separate difficulty mode would split the user base, potentially making it more difficult for people to cooperate or invade (I'm assuming that they would separate easy and normal players from playing with each other), and the pause feature would probably only be feasible during offline mode (although FS has always encouraged players to play the game online for all of the features), since I doubt that you would be able to pause the game while online.
Ultimately, the Souls games aren't really that difficult at all ("hard" modes on many contemporary games are much more difficult), they just don't hold the players' hands. While I wouldn't be against an easy mode or pause during offline play for those that want it, I can see why From Software wouldn't include them.
11832 posts since 26/01/10
Too much accessibility will ruin the series.
Adding different difficulty modes would not work. The challenge of the game is what defines it, therefore its not for everyone.
I'm expecting good things from Dark Souls 2 (I have faith in From), hopefully the game is released this year. I know that may be wishful thinking but considering that Demon's Souls came out in 2009 and then 2 years later in 2011 Dark Souls came out then a (late) 2013 release doesn't seem unreasonable.
on 14 May 2013
And another thing. The main difficulty from DS isn't even the gameplay, it comes from not understanding the game/lack of knowledge. A good player can be half way done with the game in 1 hour if they understand it. With an easy mode it would be an extremely medicore and short game. I just don't see how anyone could enjoy it with an easy mode.
You can say that it doesn't effect the people that would just play it on hard but that just isn't true. It not only cheapens the experience and throws away the entire point of the game but with how Online works which is a huge part of the game for many, It just wouldn't work.
27093 posts since 30/04/10
Adding options does not detract from a game.
If you want it to stay hard, don't play easy mode.