It’s the end of the beginning. Demon’s Souls, the very first game in the Souls series, is finally getting put to rest after eight long years. The full game will remain playable, but the online components will cease to function and if you’ve played a Souls game, you know exactly how fun and awesome they were.
Following a press statement with the official news that the servers will be going down on February 28, 2018, Atlus took the time to reminiscence about their time with the game. When Demon’s Souls was published around the world, nobody knew that it’d become such a big hit with the mainstream gaming community. The game served as the basis for the Souls series which went on to astonish gamers around the world with the eventual Dark Souls.
But again, we can’t forget where we came from. With this announcement, that means that player messages, phantoms, world tendency, invasions, and co-op summoning will be no more for Demon’s Souls. As personal fans of all the multiplayer components, we’re sad to see these go. If you haven’t gotten the chance yet and you’ve played Dark Souls or any of the other Souls games, we highly recommend trying out Demon’s Souls. It’s still a great game that holds up today, and you get to see where all the design philosophies the series is famous for started out.
Among the online components, summoning and invasions were our favorite. Even if you haven’t played any of the games there’s no doubt you’ve heard that the Souls series is extremely challenging and will push you to your limits. No matter how skilled you are, you will eventually come up to a segment or boss you just can’t comprehend. This is where you can call in some back up! The Souls series has a rather unique way of online co-op, and Demon’s Souls started it all. Players placed special signs on the ground that showed up in other player worlds. If you touched the sign, you could summon the player in question to help you through the level or with the boss. It was really great when you took down a tough boss with a complete stranger.
If we haven’t made it clear, we’re going to miss Demon’s Souls, but we’re also excited for what’s to come next. We have faith in FromSoftware!