I'm not getting my hopes up. The second any game this gen gets a little popular the devs start listening to the complaints of the people that didn't really like the game in the first place, instead of the fans.
Look at The Elder Scrolls. Sure it's more popular than ever, but most people I know that have been with series since at least Morrowind, found Skyrim to be an absolute bore.
I'm not righting it off just yet, but I'm not optimistic. (I rarely am though. Every glass of Scotch I've ever had has been half empty, so I see no reason why things would suddenly pick up for me now).
Just because the creator of the original isn't working on it doesn't mean it will flop. It takes more than 1 person to make a game.
it wont FLOP no but it most likely wont be what everyone who enjoyed Demon/Dark souls was... i.e probably gonna be easier instead of HARDER and cater more to casuals to get more sells... so yeah it wont FLOP but Im sure its hardcore fanbase wont enjoy it
My first time and day in Jeuno and the first 6 hours of it is spent staring at a chocobo's butt.