The game's director Hidetaka Miyazaki appeared to confirm the addition of a more forgiving setting in an interview with Metro, but the publisher has now insisted that the quote was "mistranslated".
Namco Bandai issued a statement to the newspaper claiming that the comment should have read: "I am thinking about how to make everyone complete the game while maintaining the current difficulty and carefully send all gamers the messages behind it."
The company added: "This revision has been made in order to inform Miyazaki-san's true intention and what has been originally posted had a mistake because of mistranslation."
The initial report sparked a backlash, with fans claiming that adding an easier setting to Dark Souls would compromise what makes the game unique.
Metro has acknowledged that its interview with Miyazaki was based on rough translations, but maintained that the statement in question "seemed pretty unambiguous".
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