After 8 year’s, online play for FromSoftware’s role-playing PS3 game Demon’s Souls will close down.
A groundbreaking RPG that paved the way for FromSoftware’s incredible but incredibly daunting Dark Souls series of games, its 2015 title Bloodborne and Team Ninja’s NioH, Demon’s Souls first debuted in 2009 with Sony Computer Entertainment publishing the game in Japan, Atlus then brought the game to North America later that year before Demon’s Souls eventually made its way into Europe thanks to Bandai Namco Entertainment in 2010.
Demon’s Souls online component will officially shut down on February 28, 2018, with online cooperative and competitive multiplayer unavailable to players thereafter. Though the game will remain playable, it will be impacted greatly by the loss of an online service with player messaging and the ability to see other player’s deaths set to disappear along with the closure of the service.
Publisher Atlus paid tribute to Demon’s Souls online service with a statement posted on its website, an excerpt of which you can read below:
“It’s with mixed emotions we say goodbye to the service. Countless players have enjoyed Demon’s Souls and the functionality it introduced to players when such things were rarer. If you’ve played the game then you understand the feeling of dying multiple times in the span of 10 minutes or dealing with a boss fight so difficult that it took you a week just to figure out the best way to attack. The unforgiving nature of the game has provided countless enjoyable moments of frustration and anger, but also the elation felt from beating something so challenging. This difficulty and grit helped pave the way for even more punishing games such as its spiritual successor Dark Souls, the 2017 hit Nioh, and the landmark PS4 title, Bloodborne.”
If you still want to enjoy or have never experienced Demon’s Souls online experience, you can do so until February 28, 2018.