Back in April 2012, North American publisher of Demon’s Souls, Atlus, announced that the game’s servers would go offline on May 31 of that year. Passionate fans of the game rebuked this plan and Atlus made an update announcement that, due to fan response, the game would remain online for the foreseeable future.
At long last, nearly six quiet years later, that foreseeable future comes to an end. News broke on November 27 last year that the Demon’s Souls servers would shut down for good on February 28, 2018. So here we are, in the very last days and hours of the “true” Demon’s Souls. I put true in quotations because, while the game is still a masterpiece with the online components stripped away, no one would deny that a big part of the sensation was the online features. Invasions, phantom summons, other players’ bloodstains and messages will no longer be a part of the game. I’m not clear on World Tendency, though I assume it will still function, only controlled completely locally without influence from the worlds of other players.
It’s fair to say Demon’s Souls is revered around these parts. It remains one of my favourite games and, while I’ll certainly go back to it here and there, it truly won’t be the same. It is great that we got an extra six years out of the online servers. Every time I’ve gone back to Demon’s Souls, whether on a whim or based on some events I knew were occurring, the world has always been filled with people. Even after the release of Dark Souls, Dark Souls II, Bloodborne and Dark Souls III; there were still people playing Demon’s Souls. The Nexus was always filled with phantoms. It felt bustling in a strange way. That will all be gone in a few days.
Whether you’d be returning to it for one last farewell, never finished it, or never even got around to it, I urge anyone with a PS3 still hooked up to revisit Boletaria one last time. And if your PS3 isn’t hooked up, bring it out for a day or two. Even if you simply run through world 1-1 one last time, you know you want to see that intro again.
On the first day…
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