Update: Both Bandai Namco and Atlus have now confirmed that Demon’s Souls’ servers will be switched off in Europe and North America respectively on 28th February, meaning that the game’s days are numbered after nine years of life. As previously reported, you will still be able to play offline, though key functionality will be missing.
It’s a real shame, but the sudden announcement does make us wonder whether some kind of remaster reveal is around the corner. Perhaps that’s wishful thinking on our part, but you’ve got to have faith, haven’t you?
Original Story: Sony has announced that it will shut down Demon’s Souls servers in Japan on 28th February, roughly nine years after the release of the RPG in Japan. The game will still be fully playable on the PlayStation 3, but key features such as online multiplayer, bloodstaines, and hint messages will be removed. The good news is that no similar actions have been revealed for Europe and North America yet, where the title was published by Bandai Namco and Atlus respectively.
Atlus has threatened to close down Demon’s Souls servers multiple times over the past decade or so, but strong fan reactions have convinced the company to keep them live. Sony actually published the game in Japan – it was a collaboration between From Software and Japan Studio – and thus it owns the intellectual property. Could we ever see a PlayStation 4 remaster? It’s certainly not impossible, but there are no plans at the time of typing.