Demon's Souls going downloadable on PSN

From Software's 2009 role-playing game coming to PlayStation Network January 8 at $20.

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Demon's Souls is going downloadable. Publisher Atlus has announced via the PlayStation Blog that the 2009 role-playing game will be available through the PlayStation Network from January 8 at $20.

In addition, a Pure White World Tendency event for Demon's Souls will be held January 8-14 and will "slightly reduce" the game's difficulty.

Atlus had previously planned to shut down online game servers for Demon's Souls last May. This is no longer the case.

Atlus editor Nich Maragos also revealed that Demon's Souls is Atlus' highest-selling title ever. Demon's Souls spiritual successor Dark Souls was published by Namco Bandai. Other major Atlus-published games include Persona 4, Catherine, and Game of Thrones.

For more on Demon's Souls, check out GameSpot's review.

Discussion

137 comments
thequickshooter
thequickshooter

i got a question: if i play this from the digital version (the one you bought from the PS store) 

will it load the game faster? 


ekeapoel
ekeapoel

i already got the game, and i will most probably start replaying it once the mocks are over

Kliff_Warhazard
Kliff_Warhazard

Prepare to return to Boletaria, my fellow Souls players! :D

pulamata
pulamata

...so  thats why servers will be down on the 7th or maybe 9th of this month for maintenance! plenty people playin already...cos i think gamers who played Dark S who never played Demon like myself are picking up the game which they realise so they releasing it on psn store. Dark Souls is harder and overall better but Demon is still a top game. Ive finished it already but im on New game + and another new game with a female character. This is excellent news....online coop will be a plenty.

 

Bowser05
Bowser05

That makes me extremely happy. I was really sad when I found out DS was going down. AWESOME.

tgwolf
tgwolf

Don't bother unless you make it under M...soooooooo tired of needless intellectual destruction just to gratify a base addiction...

GamerOuTLaWz
GamerOuTLaWz

I always wished they wouldve made a DLC for this game that repairs the 6th archstone which would open the gate to the Giants land...

Longini
Longini

Does anybody know why Atlus didn't publish Dark Souls(though probably wouldn't have been called Dark Souls in that case)?

Laxer04
Laxer04

i thought the online is down?

x_hunter00
x_hunter00

Any tips for a person who's thinking about buying this game? Do I need a strategy guide? On a scale of 1 to 10 how hard is it? Are there bugs/glitches to watch out for? etc......

 

Thank you fellow gamers. :D

tightwad34
tightwad34

$20 is an absolute steal for this game. It's my second favorite right behind Dark Souls. I give the nod to Dark Souls for the open world and it seems like it has a bit bigger of a variety of enemies. I am not comepletely sure on the last one, but with the DLC it more than likely does. Not to mention Dark Souls is more polished.

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

"Atlus editor Nich Maragos also revealed that Demon's Souls is Atlus' highest-selling title ever."

 

. . . Wait, what? But it sold less than 2 million last I heard. You guys seriously wanna tell me it outmatched both Persona 3 and 4, PS2 all time classics?

 

. . . That's surprising. But not undeserved. Demon's Souls is one of PS3's best.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Demon's Souls is one of my favourite games. The World Tendency aspect was hard to get your head around at first, but once you did, it added an interesting layer to the game. I'd have liked to have seen the WT concept improved in Dark Souls but they completely removed it. Maybe it'll return in Dark Souls 2.

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

it's actually 18.69 on amazon 

 

so i think sony should at least give us the OST for free if we purchse this through PS store

berserker66666
berserker66666

How bout pc version? please? I know u guyz could do it and I would happily pay 50 bucks to play this bad boy.

franzito
franzito

I have the Greatest Hits version and it's quite a pleasure seeing the red package while playing the game. Simply one of the best of my gamer life: so many things to do, many ways to costumize your character and uncountable ways to play. Demons's Souls is almost as new every time you turn on.

Germandude2
Germandude2

lol Just fired this bad boy up again a couple days ago. What a beautiful game.

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

I never understood what the world events were. Can someone cue me in?

AtheistPreacher
AtheistPreacher

Both great.  In some ways I enjoyed Demon's even more just because it was the first one... I went into Dark knowing basically what to expect.

 

Except for some good streamlining changes (no more bushels of different health items, no more MP gauge), Demon's is pretty much just as good as Dark.

victorlamy
victorlamy

didn't they say the servers will die like 3 times already -_-

squidracerX
squidracerX

sold more than Dark Souls? Surprised!

SolidTy
SolidTy

"According to lead director Hidetaka Miyazaki, before the start of the two-year development period, the studio had previously ruled out the following game to be a new installment in the King's Field series. Instead SCEJ producer Takeshi Kajii described the game as a "spiritual successor" to King's Field, where he stated "I am a fan of From Software, but naturally that also means there are parts of their games I'm not satisfied with, too," explaining the development choice as an opportunity to be more creative and potentially innovative, stating "If this was a new King's Field game, there would be areas we wouldn't be able to touch since they're part of the series; working together like this, we can try to make something really new."

 

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It's hard to imagine what a thrill ride we were in for way back in 2009 when Demon's Souls released. This is my favorite and best RPG of this entire generation along with all my friends. Late 2011's Dark Souls (Which came close but couldn't topple Demon's Souls epic-ness and had a bit more bugs) is a close second though and deserves a shout out for being a fantastic spiritual sequel to the amazing Demon's Souls.

 

All because of Sony's Demon's Souls. What a mighty team up from Sony and From Software, that collaboration gave the entire world a new game that we would all love. I would love a Demon's Souls 2. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to From Software's solo project Dark Souls 2. It's a shame Hidetaka Miyazaki won't be lead director for the sequel, but he's still helping in the backround still.

themyth01
themyth01

 Good news, this is the 2nd best RPG of the generation right after Dark Souls. 

keyb0red
keyb0red

Cool

 

played Dark Souls to death (excuse the pun) so will definitely check this out

Raziel5483
Raziel5483

@thequickshooter that would be nice.  when i was farming souls it took anywhere from 30 to 45 seconds to reload.  god I've played this game too much lol.

jhcho2
jhcho2

 @Longini 

Atlus is a small time publisher. Demon's Souls sold less than 500,000 copies worldwide, and if that's their highest selling game ever, it says a lot about the size and scale of their company. Dark Souls was a game which was meant to build on the popularity of Demon's Souls, and be marketed to as wide an audience as possible, which means multiplatform, and sold everywhere around the world. A publishing effort of this scale is probably too big for Atlus to handle, and as such, From Software probably went to Namco Bandai. Namco Bandai is certainly big enough, and they have international branches.

GamerOuTLaWz
GamerOuTLaWz

 @Laxer04 no I got the game used last summer and it was still very populated even after the ysaid they would shut down servers in May

kominio
kominio

 @x_hunter00 it s very nicce and worth buying. on a scale 1-10 it depends what gamer r u? (how experienced etc.) but i would give a 9/10 in difficulty. Dont think it do it.

GamerOuTLaWz
GamerOuTLaWz

 @x_hunter00 no bugs or glitches,theres less exploits than Dark souls has.  Have you played Dark souls?? It plays exactly the same but in a different universe. Also theres the world tendency thing and a mana bar to cast spells instead of charges for each spells. Thats about it.  Imo I thought it was easier than dark souls since I completed it much faster. (maybe shorter) Game is awesome though

GamerOuTLaWz
GamerOuTLaWz

 @x-2tha-z seeing how he wants it more ''Understandable and straightforward'' dont expect anything like it

AireeeZ
AireeeZ

 @x-2tha-z 

I've already beaten the game and still didn't understand the whole world tendency thing.

GamerOuTLaWz
GamerOuTLaWz

 @berserker66666 Exclusive. Ib ought a used PS3 only for this game and it was the best move Ive ever made. PS3 is a solid console. I couldnt help but buy a few awesome classics from PSN,get the Shadows of colossus + ICO package game, GoW serie, Last of Us coming on the horizon, been playing playstation all-star battle royale alot also. Free network service is AWESOME and work perfect. from games like demons souls and PSASBR to arcade games like 3on3 or The Simpsons Arcade Ive never had problems to instantly find a game when playing online. Community is alive and Id recommend this console over a shitty Xbox anytime.

franzito
franzito

 @00LiteYear Kill Red Phantoms + bosses and the tendency goes from white to pure white. Suicide 7 times and ressucitate right after each attempt using Stone of Ephemeral Eyes and the tendency goes from black to pure black. World tendency controls special events in the worlds, like new enemies, Red Phantoms, secret weapons and such.

MajahretDiviera
MajahretDiviera

 @00LiteYear depending which extreme you had in world tendency, then certain areas would become available for you to go through, allowing you to get items that would be really useful and rare. ex, in boletaria, once you had pure white world tendency, you were able to go through the gate that was locked just after the first archstone in that world, which then let you fight The executioner mirarlda, which when you killed her, you got her armor. now if you did that in Pure black world tendency, then you wuold fight her red phatom which gave you her guillotine axe weapon upon defeat. Not to mention in either of the extremes you were able to get a colorless demon soul and the full gear set of Bior of the twin fangs which were located in the well. if you want the specifics of each world, feel free to let me know, and i will provide you with all the info the game has to offer.

popyea
popyea

 @squidracerX Atlus didn't publish Dark Souls, so no. I'm probably off, but last I remember was that DeS sold 800k, and DkS sold 1.2 million. Anyone got a recent source?

SolidTy
SolidTy

 @squidracerX Considering Dark Souls was multiplatform, it is surprising...but Demon's Souls was soo good, I'm not as surprised after buying both games.

 

Happy gaming! :P

MajahretDiviera
MajahretDiviera

 @themyth01 hmm, i would have to say Demon's Souls was better to me than Dark Souls. I love both and have all their versions with platinum's for each. but i would give Demons the leg up over Dark. They both did great things, but Demons had a better atmosphere over dark souls. But then again, i would have to give Shadow Tower Abyss the leg up on both of them, especially since it was for the PS2 and was even more hardcore than both Demons and Dark souls.  and just in case you didnt know Shadow Tower/ Shadow Tower Abyss/Kings field 1-4 were all the predecessors to Demons and Dark Souls that Fromsoftware made back in the day.

GamerOuTLaWz
GamerOuTLaWz

 @AireeeZ  @x-2tha-z ..you die,world shifts to black,making it harder. You kill a boss without dying,world shifts to white,making it easier. hard to understand?

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

 @MajahretDiviera Save yourself the trouble; I platted Demon's Souls a long time ago. What I'm asking is what does the world tendency event mean for January 8-14. Seeing as how people can control the tendency every day of the year, will it be a unique event?

 

squidracerX
squidracerX

 @Napalm_354 I already have it and platinum trophied it :)I was just curious that it had sold more than Dark Souls (being multiplatform), but popyea cleared that up for me!

squidracerX
squidracerX

 @popyea Ah, I have Dark Souls too, i just assumed it was Atlus again, i see it is Bandai.

squidracerX
squidracerX

 @leviathanwing  yeah popyea pointed that out already, but thanks, I have them both and just thought it was still Atlus.