Demon's Souls to haunt North America

Atlus scares up domestic publishing rights to PS3-exclusive action RPG, sets fall release date.

Atlus today proudly touted a dalliance with darkness, as the import publisher confirmed that it has picked up the publishing rights for the Japanese PS3-exclusive action-role-playing game Demon's Souls. Developed by From Software, the game was originally published by Sony Computer Entertainment International.

Swing and a miss!

Set in the medieval kingdom of Boletaria, Demon's Souls calls upon gamers to cleanse the land of a demonic scourge unwittingly unleashed by the king in a misguided grab for power. Players will also be able to customize character skills and equipment to the task, relying on melee, projectile, and magic attacks to send the cursed creatures back from whence they came.

Online play is also going to be a focus of Demon's Souls. In addition to teaming up to hack through the single-player campaign, players will be able to invade other players' games, team up to revive fallen comrades, and leave hints and warnings for players in other games.

This isn't the first system-exclusive for From Software. The studio behind the Armored Core series also developed the Xbox 360 mech game Chromehounds, as well as this year's Microsoft-published action title Ninja Blade.

Demon's Souls is set for a North American release this fall and will be on display next month at the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo. For more on the title, check out GameSpot's hands-on impressions from last year's Tokyo Game Show.

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114 comments
JukedSolid
JukedSolid

Man this sounds tight. I'm the type that sticks to a particular game series but this one is definitely leading me off the beaten path.

naomha1
naomha1

i was just getting ready to get this overseas....whew...i think i can wait a little longer now they r gonna release it here in America.

Nezard
Nezard

Oh for the love of god YES!!!! I can wait a bit more now that my US release has been confirmed.

rockatanski
rockatanski

Yea, I got a PS3 but I still think this is crazy that it won't be available fot Xbox. I wonder if Sony and Microsoft will eventually get in bed and have sex and solve all their problems.

73X
73X

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cowman_53
cowman_53

YAY!!! I just about imported too!!! If they dumb down the difficulty then I will end up importing it though

-Tengu-
-Tengu-

what a shame it will be exclusive :( i would buy it if were released for xbox

CoRiNi
CoRiNi

this game rocks !!

oskor
oskor

OH YES!!! This is exactly what I have been waiting to hear for over a month now. I was about to import from Asia if we didn't get any news of a N America launch by E3.... THANK YOU!!!

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

it looks interesting but most likely i wont get it unless i like the battle system

theR34p3R
theR34p3R

Almost thought a WoW game (Demon Soul of Warcraft lore) would come to the consoles :P

NathanH2003
NathanH2003

YES! HELL YEAH! I was beginning to lose hope...

Malhound
Malhound

The rumored US version of the game! rate it 8.5.

Poutama
Poutama

i was just thinking of buying the english dubbed one. But might wait now. And by the way blu ray is only 25gb. The dual layer is 50. They have not even started producing dual layer yet cos there has been no need to.

vandrius
vandrius

Demon's Souls is an awesome game. I imported the english version from China, and have thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Make no mistake, it is HARD, and it can be totally punishing, especially when you lose thousands of souls from hours of gameplay. But the simple depth of the game and its replayability are great. Plus the online mode is so seamlessly integrated into the game.

felipenet7
felipenet7

@Chrysus - because this game has got some major flaws unacceptable for a PS3 exclusive and it's only for the die hard RPG lovers! This game won't sell well in US simply because Atlus can't make changes to the title but it's the best RPG this gen no doubt about that!

IPwnNooBs666
IPwnNooBs666

I can't wait to get my hands on this game.

tinoshke
tinoshke

I just hope thay they don't forget the PAL countries.

nerd_assassin
nerd_assassin

Oh...Nice, now I really need a job to have some dough to cough up for the upcoming awesome lineup of JRPGs for the PS3...At last I can play something that is not NBA Live and Call of Duty(I blame my brothers for the NBA. And I love CoD.) @kong_sevixnine I believe the plasma are pretty crappy(I've seen one , it hurts me eyes), but the HD LCD is not. VAIO is also one stylish and dependable set of computer systems(mostly laptops), and the cameras(Cybershot) are great too. Of course it's easy to say that their gaming devices are cool, because there are only what, 3 major companies now that produces such machines. And there's many competition on other fields like TVs, cellphones, laptops and stuff. Just saying though.

Chrysus
Chrysus

This game is getting great criticial acclaim by the press so why aren't Sony publishing this themselves? I mean, they still own the brand & licensing rights

KABOOOM3
KABOOOM3

I hope it coming to England.

Barighm
Barighm

Nice departure from the usual for Atlus. Kinda sounds like KUF: Circle of Doom. That game really wasn't that bad, it just fell short in a few key areas. Unfortunately, it's hard to be too excited about this game. From isn't exactly an innovative company. In fact, they're the kings of derivative titles (look how little the AC series changed over the years. I loved AC, but the series rarely progressed, even though there is so many ways to make it awesome). I'm not confident in From Software, but if they copy the formula used in other good action/rpg's, it should still be a good game. Copying the very best formulas is not that bad an idea (just look at Dead Space).

g3toutj00
g3toutj00

Ps3 is just slamming with amazing exclusives this year. Thank goodness for Demon Souls coming here soon. I didn't want to pay the 80$ on ebay just to get the english version of this from Japan!!

blem16
blem16

Damn, What a coincidence. I was just looking at this game the other day and i was disappointed that it was only available in Japan. Atlus is going to do a great job with this!! Just another title im adding to my wanted list of PS3 games.

felipenet7
felipenet7

I was playing this game and it's awesome. Best RPG this gen Oblivion doesn't come even close Fallout 3 become CoD! The fact you can't save the game and there's no check point makes your life miserable when you played over 2 hours and die. Only when you quit game you can continue from where you were but you die and back to 0. I stoped playing because I've got a life and can't redo everything every time but maybe some time in the future I'll play it again. Also the fact it's ultra hard makes Killzone 2 Elite mode like children toys is a huge but interesting challenge!

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

After a slow couple of years, the PS3 has definitely become the console to own. This looks like a nice (and challenging) exclusive.

kong_sevixnine
kong_sevixnine

Personally a lot of my game systems are from sony... but I say video-game systems are all the company are good for. The tv's (plasmas) are pretty crappy, and I don't have any cameras. But definitely I favor Sony in this industry. The blu-ray disks allow a massive 50 gb capacity- allowing some pretty long games, or at least as much detail as the system can handle. It has more features than a 360, but definitely isn't a PC (but it sure is big!) I usually refer to my PS3 as a "baby Computer"

fiskefyren
fiskefyren

i think its a good thing for the ps3 to have more (and better) EXCLUSIVE titels, now i'll have to get one pretty soon and throw away that failing console to a wii and a xbox that i have lying around under my desk. but when you think about it, you can make much better games for the ps3, not only can they look much better than those for xbox but they can also feature much more epic scale fights than a xbox could ever hope to handle... not to mention there can be like 12 dvds on a single blu-ray. its not a wonder the ps3 is starting to sell better now that it doesnt cost you ur soul! tho i would still like it to be a bit cheaper... like 2500 danish krones would do the trick for me ^_^ but sadly its around 3000 atm ;_; and no... im not a ps3 fanboy (i dont even have a ps3 yet!!! so stfu!!!) nor a sony fanboy, to be honest i dislike sony as a company (mostly because they refused to take back my psp that had a pixel error that wasnt "bad enough" to be switchted -_-), but their console is just so much better than the xbox so... meh...

Cenceless_777
Cenceless_777

Good for the western audience they get to play this challenging game, my point of view this is an awesome game it has the difficulty and the art direction that I prefer. Let the North Americans fight the awesome enemies of Demon's Souls from the "Phalanx" to the badass fatass the "Adjudicator". I love this game I hope all of you would enjoy it as much as I have once you get it if you choose to get it.

ImYour13thStep
ImYour13thStep

Ps3 needs more games like this!!! Im excited!! Chalk up another exclusive

Balo_the_Gamer
Balo_the_Gamer

I hope this game is good, but does; From Software really have a good track record?

billyjunxix
billyjunxix

Wow. This game really deserved to release internationally because I already finish this game and I still playing it and still addictive to it because this game is full of surprise and that i didnt discover all of its secret even if I already beaten this game twice and my character level is already 203. This game is just awesome and this game is the definition of hardcore. Its so verrrry hard yet you dont feel that frustration but instead it felt so rewarding after you beaten that enemy. This game is a must have for all of you hardcore gamers.

jyoung312
jyoung312

this makes me happy bc i have heard great things bout this game. I was waiting for an NA release. Just the kind of exclusive RPG I was waiting for. I'd rather have this game than WKC

shikakrinks
shikakrinks

oh yes, now i dont have to order it on playasia so is this coming to r2 also?

Vojkan80001
Vojkan80001

Sony going for 1-2 KO? Impressive number of exclusives + with all multiplatform games, can you go wrong with PS3? NO

BC20FLY
BC20FLY

I was going to import this pretty soon but nevermind, atlus just saved me some money

Generalmojo
Generalmojo

yet another game this fall! Sony ftw!

Rhen_Var
Rhen_Var

Wow, at Atlus game EXCLUSIVE to PS3? Now I'm interested!

EverWired
EverWired

This game is awesome, I'm still playing it after all this time. I've probably rerolled 4 different classes throughout the span of my playtime. Why people have not imported this yet is a big mystery to me. The english voice is about on par with current "meh" english titles. Though the text (esp online communication) is quite horrid. But who cares about text communication online when you have to choose from predetermined phrases? Also, with online voice chat, the grammatically and structurally bad written language can be easily missed. This is definitely a refreshing change from the currently stale and cookie-cutter-type selection of console games available now.

thisranks
thisranks

With Atlus taking care of this we are pretty much guaranteed to get the best localized(read: english voice/text) version possible. That makes me incredibly happy. I'm hoping this makes it way to the european market as well. Can you say Demon's Souls 2?

Kashiwaba
Kashiwaba

I just beat the game game yesterday and now playing new game+ this game is easily one of the best games this generation and I think it really deserves the title GOTY.