Demon's Souls Servers Shutting Down On May 31

The asynchronous multiplayer in Demon's Souls helped make Atlus' 2009 PS3 exclusive a cult hit. And now it's going away forever.

The online component of From Software's first Souls game let players enter the adventures of other users to help or hinder their battles against the game's notoriously brutal enemies. Being able to grief or aid others via hints or indirect intervention created a loyal community of players who continued to play even after the sequel Dark Souls came out last year. Atlus VP of sales and marketing Tim Pivnicny sent Game Informer a goodbye note where he said:

It has been a tremendous honour and privilege for all of our staff at ATLUS to have been involved with so innovative and groundbreaking an interactive entertainment experience. We poured our heart and soul into every facet of our involvement with Demon's Souls, particularly the title's memorable Deluxe Edition, which served as the only avenue through which to purchase the game's official strategy guide. It was also of the utmost importance for us to sustain the game's online experience as long as possible, even beyond the point at which sales could help to offset the expense. Regrettably, the online servers cannot be sustained forever and now the end draws near.

Two more World Tendency events will be held next month and the publisher's encouraged Demon's Souls players to log on before the May 31st final shutdown. Perhaps there's some sort of parting gift in the offing?

Demon's Souls Going Offline End Of May [Game Informer]


    I'd like to see western nations create laws that require games to allow individuals to host servers and make it illegal for games to require server authentication.

    It's like someone selling you a car and then taking the wheels off one night because they need a bit more cash, it's absolute bullshit and should be illegal.

      In this case it's more like them disabling your radio because they have run out of music to play. Sure, that radio made the driving more enjoyable, but you can still drive without the radio.

      That's right, isn't it? They're just disabling the multiplayer elements. You can still play singleplayer.

      I'd like to see companies voluntarily release server software for the community once they're done with it but for a console game like this how would you select the server to play on?

        Agreed. It'd be a wonderful thing if game companies would go "We're shutting down our servers, but here's the software to create your own, and an official patch so the game can access them.

    It may now be too hard for low skilled players to finish the game without growing a pair. The hints are pretty cool but I never got involved in the pvp element of the mp side.

      There are more than enough FAQs etc out there now for anybody to get through anyway, I suppose. It'll be a diminished experience, though. Personally, I enjoyed Demon's Souls a lot more than Dark Souls. Mainly due to the hub/world structure which I preferred to the more open-world nature of Dark Souls.

    Read this last night in the game when I played it.
    I got into the game late (after Dark Souls came out), and in total, summoned one player to co-op with me, had 2 invasions (1 loss, 1 win) and managed to invade once but lost because the guy finished the area and left.

    To me, the multi-player was pretty non-existent, and I completed my 1st run by myself, and now doing my NG+, believe I'll manage the same.
    It's a solid game without the online interactivity. Although with the servers closing, it's a good excuse to finally pick up Dark Souls.

    I will miss Demon's Souls immensely. It was a far superior experience to Dark Souls in my opinion. The multiplayer aspect of this game was so original, I loved invading and killing invades, it will go down in my books as one of the best games of all time!

    The title of the article is completely wrong. The entire Demon's Souls servers are not going offline, just the American servers. The European/Australian and Asian servers are still online, with no notification that they are closing down at any time in the future..

    There is a world outside of the US.

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