Demon's Souls haunting Europe

Black Phantom Edition of GameSpot's 2009 Game of the Year getting wider global release June 25 courtesy of Namco Bandai.

Last year's standout PlayStation 3-exclusive role-playing game Demon's Souls will finally get a European release on June 25, Namco Bandai has confirmed. The publisher is also bringing the game out in the Middle East, Africa, and Pacific Asia regions. Those gamers' patience will be rewarded with a limited Black Phantom Edition of the game, including a CD of the soundtrack, an art book, and an all-new strategy guide.

Players will be consulting the strategy guide, constantly.

Developed by From Software, Demon's Souls takes place in the bleak kingdom of Boletaria. In addition to its difficulty, Demon's Souls gained notoriety for innovative online features that allowed users to invade each other's worlds to lend a hand or slaughter each other.

The game was published in Japan by Sony, and the American rights were picked up in 2009 by Atlus USA. Despite the game's positive critical reception (including being named GameSpot's 2009 Game of the Year), a European release of Demon's Souls had been uncertain until today.

While Namco's investment in Demon's Souls won't come to fruition for months, Atlus' own gamble on the game paid off in a profitable quarter. The North American launch of the PlayStation 3 exclusive exceeded expectations and surpassed sales of 250,000 copies.

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Cpt-Fair
Cpt-Fair

Google search project dark. Its DS2, and now its multiplatform. This is not a joke its true. Looks awesome.

Snakehead11
Snakehead11

I'm happy Europe is getting this game. Too many people have never even heard of this exceptional game which is retarded. I hope this gives it a little more fame so more people can have the chance to enjoy it. P.S. I was in France last month and saw the pre order in a game store. The red cover looks cooler than the NA cover

zidan4000
zidan4000

in the middle east ? yeah aint that a little late? we have the north american release in saudi arabia here since day one.

pnnchios
pnnchios

bought it yesterday the online feature is not on yet but i m drooling all over it.i have rented it before 1 month and fell in love with it.come on europe i need some help over here

DeMoN_SouL_666
DeMoN_SouL_666

I preordered the game yesterday, can't wait to get my hands on it

Nibustan
Nibustan

Maybe I should have waited for it to come to europe and not have imported it, as i did. Meh.. It's a facking nice game, I got no regrets :D

CaHorner
CaHorner

Finally, I am not living in Europe anymore but everybody was asking for this game and imported it. This game is amazing and that they will release it in Europe means there are a lot of PPL who share my oppinion. I love DS

Freethinker101
Freethinker101

Words can not describe how amazing this game is, but it sure isn't no COD crowd pleaser. This game gives you less clues than ICO and is just as hard as that game and Shadow of Colossus, but the replay value is out of this world. Buy it but be prepared to want to throw your controller at your TV.

StarvingPoet
StarvingPoet

I am so glad you guys are finally getting this game. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

RevengeNegative
RevengeNegative

will the black phantom edition be the same as the original?

karloss01
karloss01

From the GAME website it's listed as Demon's Souls but the thumbnail image is the Black Phantom Edition cover, so i guess it is the Black Phantom Edition is standard for the UK at least :D

zmbi_gmr
zmbi_gmr

@Chaos Eagle $60 is nothing really to take a chance on something, but let's just say that it is a lot of money to put on a chance. usually games that are sleeper hits like Demon's Souls usually do very well in the long run. Right now there are a few hundred thousand gamers who own this game. that may sound like a lot, but it really isn't went you take into account that there are like 30 million PS3's sold worldwide...maybe more. i know 360 just made it over 40 million, and the PS3 is right behind that number. regardless, ppl will want this down the road, and it will be hard to find.

Chaos_Eagle
Chaos_Eagle

@zmbi_gmr But is it really worth paying the 40 quid ($60 or whatever it is in the US?) just for a duplicate copy of something that has a CHANCE of being worth something? I know it's pretty damn unique, and it will probably be copied at some point. Sorry man, but I just think you'll make a loss, not that it bothers me in the slightest or that it has anything to do with me whatsoever. :)

freema
freema

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Midnightshade29
Midnightshade29

Whats messed up is that this game got goty here on gamespot but the IGN playstation podcast beyond team didn't even know this game existed last fall. (those guys don't know crap about PS games. They are more xbox fans .. demon souls rocked and they didn't even have it in the list)

Midnightshade29
Midnightshade29

I love Demons Souls, From software and Atlus. I bought the import hong kong version , then I got the Atlus Version , to support my favorite publisher. If Namco would port over Tales of vesperia to US ps3 i would support them too...but they aren't so they get nothing from me.

clqtte
clqtte

This game is so good.....Mainly,you get dead a lot before you can beat the game.

freema
freema

@ Chaos_Eagle Dude, you couldn't be more wrong. 10 years from now, and brand new or unopened, this game will be worth more than will the combined Gears of War, Halo series (and maybe throw bargain bin copy of Splinter Cell Conviction in) . As an example, another similar ps2 sleeper hit from 10 years ago called ICO is now selling for $125 on amazon. And that's only bound to go up in another 5 years. Everybody owes it to themselves to buy this special European edition to support the developer and to perhaps get a nice collectible in the bargain.

zmbi_gmr
zmbi_gmr

@Chaos_Eagle because it looks frickin' sweet, and this game is by far my favorite game this gen. i do not repurchase games just so i can have the American / European / Japanese version, but this is one game that i wouldn't mind having in collection unopened. maybe it would be worth something 10 -15 years down the road, and maybe it won't. time will tell i guess.

BatshtCrazy
BatshtCrazy

one of the best games i ever played. twice

Pete5506
Pete5506

I love this game, I feel like playing through it again

killeroo
killeroo

this was announced a week ago but gamespot were too busy reporting/sucking on activision to bother reporting it earlier shame great games like this get over looked because trash like modern warfare 2 get all the attention

Kan0nF0dder
Kan0nF0dder

Fine, but if you want my support for the (innevitable) sequal it better release here in the UK at the same time!!

jarvis008
jarvis008

About time, was going to import this but will just wait for the UK release now.

Mackey18
Mackey18

Way too late, people who wanted this game have already imported it. The only hope for this game, is if you can play on the same servers as the US. Possible ability to import your character from both the US and Asian version of the game... that's the only way I can see this working.

Chaos_Eagle
Chaos_Eagle

@zmbi_gmr : Why buy a copy for your collection ? Having the game and playing it is enough for everyone else. I can't even see it becoming very valuable in the future.

FFJunkies
FFJunkies

Cool, but about time though..

Acuatico
Acuatico

God exclusives are f'ing retarded at this point in time. Some people can't afford 2 consoles share the love Sony & Microsoft !!!

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

This makes me wish I didn't buy the US version. I'll still get the BPE anyway. It's so cheap, compared to the US Deluxe Edition, it would be stupid not to get it.

JMizzle
JMizzle

I suppose there is zero chance of an appearance on Xbox 360?

MC_Bally_Who
MC_Bally_Who

This is fantastic news. Being in the UK I only got this when I found someone selling an imported copy on Ebay. Still playing this game, and now my friends will be able to also!

thespartaan
thespartaan

thats good news that would increase sales. GOOD LUCK

Doolum
Doolum

hard.at times very hard but not impossible to beat.best experience while playing online.

Emp-Naval
Emp-Naval

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sickorange
sickorange

oh yeah! more gamers to throw their controllers in frustration! it's a great game: very addicting and sucks you in, but still hard.

freema
freema

@ Jawehawk-DK type acorncinema and demon's souls in youtube and watch the first review that shows up. If you find yourself nodding your head and smiling at most of the things he says about this game or modern gaming in general then DS is definitely the game for you. I also like the hardcore award he gives it at the end :) .

Jawehawk-DK
Jawehawk-DK

I wish there was a demo for this game, because I can't decide wether or not to buy it.

zmbi_gmr
zmbi_gmr

this will probably the game that collectors will want in their collection. i own this game already, but i am now thinking about ordering this copy just to keep unopened for my collection. best game this gen by far.

Bashers79
Bashers79

@kikkoman808 What do you mean by Western theme? Cowboys and Indians? The way I see it is the main character is a Knight in a suit of armour fighting dragons and such, ever heard of St George the patron saint of England (England being a European country) If you mean American when you say Western then there's nothing Western about this game.

Blood_Diamond
Blood_Diamond

hmmm maybe a buy unsure... need to look more at the videos @ MSG-Deathscythe you play games for fun not to get frustrated if you like a challenge go for it lol

thisranks
thisranks

Wonderful news for EU players. I have to say i'm surprised it's Namco-Bandai localizing it, though.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

Oh my god I actually creamed my pants when I saw this story. Easily a must buy :)

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

you are not a real gamer if you don't play this game. skrew all those fps games. those are for kids. too easy. if you want real challenge, pick this up.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

I agree with you all that said positive things about this - I am picking this up too..

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

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SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Good news - never understand my games released in the US not getting released in the EU and vice versa because the 2 regions have similar tastes - understand releases in Japan being different