Demon's Souls developer's next action-RPG goes multiplatform

TGS 2010: Namco Bandai publishing the tentatively titled Project Dark on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 in 2011; details promised early next year.

Prolific developer From Software is perhaps best known for its mech combat franchise Armored Core and last year's action role-playing game Demon's Souls, winner of GameSpot's 2009 Game of the Year award. This year's Tokyo Game Show has been a busy one for the developer, as new From Software games in both those genres were announced, though neither of them bears the names of those series.

Project Dark will need to escape the sizable shadow of Demon's Souls (pictured).

Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled From Software's Xbox 360 Kinect-enabled Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, a new entry in Capcom's already established mech series. That was followed up with From Software and Namco Bandai Games today announcing Project Dark (working title), a new action role-playing game set for launch next year.

Namco Bandai said the dungeon-crawling game will feature some new networking features, but details will have to wait until early next year. Demon's Souls' online features were particularly novel, as the game allowed players to journey into other players' games to help or hunt each other but included no chat functions. Instead, players could only communicate through gestures and short, preset messages that could be left throughout levels.

Project Dark is set for release on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 internationally. However, the official site indicates that it is only set for Sony's system in the developer's home country of Japan.

Demon's Souls may be From Software's biggest title of late, but it is far from the only one. Not all of its titles have made it to the West, but the list of ones that did includes the King's Field series of first-person RPGs, Ninja Blade, 3D Dot Game Heroes, Armored Core, Chromehounds, Otogi, Lost Kingdoms, Enchanted Arms, and Tenchu: Shadow Assault.

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zeroflame33
zeroflame33

Thats ok with me if they put some effort and all version are the same.(which let me doubt ) :(

shooters125
shooters125

Awesme. To be honest xbox 360 has better online (its true I admit) and Demon' Souls was just great online. Fanboys dont bash this. It's multiplatform so no1 should have anything to brag about. They also dont have anything to complain about (unless ur a troll and relish in the fact that u have exclusives even tho its pointless). Rejoice to all!

DBZKING1234
DBZKING1234

Oh that's great. The PS3 is just losing exclusives.

treepop99
treepop99

It makes me so sad it is going multi platform. I would like to bet that this game wont be ANYWHERE near as good as the first one. What a depressing shame.

skillyywillyy
skillyywillyy

unbelievable travel through an eerie world, unforgettable battle scenes, strategic trials and errors that put extreme euphoria in ur decision making when it comes to living or dying. time consuming that u will find time for. Beware u may be late for work during this journey. But its worth the #$%* u hear from ur boss or family members. its a mind trip, all u have to do is sit in front of the screen.

woper93
woper93

@gambit001 well, it CAN have a 4 player co-op if a black phantom invades you and the 4 players start to kick the s**t out of the enemy's in the stage. and hurry up cause they're closing servers un march of 2011 so buy it already

lowkey254
lowkey254

That's cool and all but I want to see a DS2, in a different themed kingdom/empire.

gambit001
gambit001

Hmmm... I find strange, and completely difficult to believe, to see a comment on here from someone who allegedly is on NG+++++ but actually states as a correction that the game does not have 4 player co-op, but 3 player co-op... ever actually played? I would like to think that someone with your "extensive" experience with this title would have allowed you to play 4 player... Or at the least read the box? Just because a game presents a brand new way of playing co-op or versus that is different than the way you may prefer, it does not change that it does, in fact, offer both of these options as a method of play, in addition to one of the best Action RPG experiences I have had in 20+ years of playing RPGs. Hope this new game is just as good; I have no issue with a brand new IP, so long as it can provide an experience that is just as immensely rewarding as DS did.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

for PC please!! :) I'll pay for collector edition.

grove12345
grove12345

I liked Demons Souls ALOTTTT, but i felt that it needed a few tweaks and enviromental changes to make it THEE epic RPG experience im looking for. So im glad theres no DS 2 b/c im pretty sure it would of been a clone... which is fine. But i want to play my ideal RPG. BTW i think more RPGs developers need to learn from the combat system in DS.

jad206
jad206

@360hammer co-op on Demon's Soul's is cheap and feels like they got lazy in the making of it. No matter if it has it or not, it isn't how any other game does Co-op. It is still fun, but I doubt Xbox fans will like it. And I didn't change the subject, I am sorry if you low education doesn't help you understand the importance of spelling.

360hammer
360hammer

@jad206 Nice, it still has co - op buddy. I didn't realize co-op had been defined by " the xbox does it" but the game is not on xbox now is it? All my gramatticalllll errorrrsss won't change the fact the game has co - op and you being the expert on Demon's Souls want to deny a fact and change subject to my spaulling eerorrssss LMAO

jad206
jad206

@360hammer Also on that point, it isn't 4 player co-op, it is 3 player co-op.

jad206
jad206

@360hammer You just don't get it, and have spelling problems. One no one on Xbox will buy it for Co-op if they keep it the same way. I have played this game since it came out with text chat, doesn't mean I should HAVE too. I bought a mic for a reason.

dark-warmachine
dark-warmachine

It was inevitable. This title sold pretty decent for a hardcore title; too bad we can't say the same for that garbage Ninja Blade game made by this same dev..

360hammer
360hammer

@jad206 Clearly it is co-op, no voice chat but it is co-op. Get some friends, learn how to use the text party chat. I don't care how many +++++++ you want to give yourself. It's 4 player co-op dousche.

Zaalin
Zaalin

The announcement of Project: Dark basically topped any news about any other game-related item this year. I'm incredibly stoked for this. As for it being multi-platfrom, I'm all for it. I am most definitely a PS3 fan, but the more people who get to experience good games, on whatever system they want, the better. The only comment I have to make about it getting released for Xbox360 is that I don't think it's going to do very well sales-wise. The Xbox owners in my area don't seem to like anything but shooters. Probably less than 1 in 30 Xbox owners will pick this up in my town, where as it'll be sold out for PS3 :S -Z-

steelmouth
steelmouth

@nemesis4x mass effect kicked my ass, i forgot the name but some female supreme commander somthing was just too much for me, every time i manage to kill her (by luck) she comes back with full life, but yeah rpg have proven to be cool i missed out over the years

nemesis4x
nemesis4x

@steelmouth yeah me too i recently got into rpgs after playing mass effect, and i started to play dragon age ;)

steelmouth
steelmouth

i have just recently this year found an interest on RPGs aft trying Oblivion,and boy was i impressed with the sher length and objectives of the game so am very much looking forward to this and all past AAA RPGs that i missed on

tornadoflash
tornadoflash

so... Demon's soul is going xbox360 with the name "Project Dark" ? stupid name. hope the plan fail. demon's soul should stay on PS3

RitsukoEX
RitsukoEX

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corrupted333
corrupted333

omfg y is the next version of demons souls on the death box 360 its such a fail

Slagar
Slagar

I've always liked From Software. Even if their games aren't always huge commercial successes, they often provide something a little bit different. I'd like them even more if they made Demon Souls 2, and made it multiplatform ;p (or heck, even just ported Demon Souls to the 360)

jad206
jad206

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mwmars
mwmars

@TheVgamer Yes, you sound a bit foolish, but I applaud your recognition of the fact. It's a shame that you may be waiting several years and for, perhaps, next gen consoles (if ever) for the next Elder Scrolls. At least look forward to a game that is actually confirmed and being worked on. Project Dark looks awsome, or may I suggest Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, which is being made by Oblivion and Morrowinds' head hancho... among other awesome people.

PaperGiraffe49
PaperGiraffe49

not a PS3 fanboy but this new game, Project Dark, doesn't sound right on the 360....

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

Its a shame that they sold out and will make an out of focus mainstream xbl gamer fanboy service game that is just to try and cash in and its a shame that despite accolades and acclaim Demons Souls kept getting maligned by the same media that was promoting it as being too hard while at the same times all of these game media claim to be hardcore gamer sites who know alot of history in videogame yet they forgot how games used to be before the handholding you don't have to use your brain fest on the xbox 360

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

Fine with me. I'll be buying this for my PS3 for sure.

mrpelicanpants
mrpelicanpants

As much as I would love to have a new Demon's Souls experience to play through, I'm thinking the game is a masterpiece that should be left on its own. Turning it into a franchise could detract from its value, especially if the rest don't live up to the first one. How exactly could a sequel work anyways? The story is sparse enough as it is. I don't see how they could continue it for a new game with any sort of story that wouldn't fail to tie in and make sense without being completely stupid. As for Project Dark, I sure hope it comes to the west on the PS3.

MKID232
MKID232

Hopefully the PS3 version doesn't get the slack that Bayonetta had. Same deal for the XBOX360's version of FFXIII.

naraku2099
naraku2099

@kavadias1981: Agreed. If the developers fully take advantage of each of the consoles so that they're both the best each system can do, it doesn't bother me. All it means is more people will get to see how amazing Demon's Souls is. Also, on the subject of the name, if they actually name the sequel differently, I would bet it's because the Demon's Souls story truly ends with Demon's Souls.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Personally I'm not fussed if a game goes multi or not. Just as long as the developer makes sure that each version is the best it can be and doesn't cut any corners! cough Bayonetta cough

freema
freema

Don't care if its a new ip. But the sequel to Demon's Souls better be ps3 exclusive. Who would even play something like Demon's Souls on the xbox? We all know that the xbox crowd will be too busy mindlessly blowing away baddies in Halo or some other recent FPSer. We all know that is all those kids care about it.

bowlingotter
bowlingotter

Spread the wealth! If this next game can hold a candle to Demon's Souls, all platforms should be able to enjoy it

SillySkeleton
SillySkeleton

Demon's Souls will be a hard act to follow, but if the new game is half as good, it'll be plenty awesome.

Black_Adder_
Black_Adder_

I'm seriously thinking to get European Demon's Souls (if it will have different trophy set) and platinum the game once again. The game is still the game of the year even for 2010. I also hope the new one from FROM SOFTWARE will be as good as DS

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Wow I totally forgot about Kings Field! Man I loved that franchise the first and the second games we great I never seen anything like them on consoles before way back in the day! Never knew I was such a fan of this developer until now...

kenkke
kenkke

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CTR360
CTR360

i hope its great game i trust from software

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

3D Dot Heroes warmed my heart unlike any other game has before.

juan99692k6
juan99692k6

I'm glad i bought a ps3! never looking back!.

johny300
johny300

@Quietpower09 No need to apologize for anything we both have opinions:D, and enjoy the game when it comes out:D.

Quietpower09
Quietpower09

@johny300 Oh, alright then. Well you have your opinions, while I have my opinions. I apologize for my misdemeanor, and I'll definitely be buying this game on the Xbox 360. 8)

sagameister3
sagameister3

Still waiting for the demon souls dlc to come out...