After enduring a decade of being treated like the forgotten stepchild of From Software’s ludicrously successful Dark Souls series, rumors suggest that Demon’s Souls is getting a remake.
For those who don’t remember, Demon’s Souls was a 2009 PlayStation 3 exclusive hardcore RPG which essentially functioned as a proof of concept for the ensuing Souls games. It featured many of the conventions of these games and was, at the time, touted as one of the most difficult games on the system.
Unfortunately, Demon’s Souls didn’t sell all that well initially. A tough-as-nails game appealing only to a very small niche, it’s not surprising to think that From didn’t immediately have a hit on their hands. Clunky and slightly more experimental than their later output, the title would go on to warrant a spiritual successor in 2011.
The rest, as they say, is history. The title would end up the progenitor of an entirely new genre, and, today, dozens of developers are rushing to cash in on the Souls-like craze. The series is so popular, in fact, that many use the terms “difficult” and “Dark Souls” interchangeably.
It seems curious, then, that the game which started it all wouldn’t see an eighth-generation remake. It couldn’t have been too much of a challenge to make it accessible on the PS4 via the PlayStation Store, but, for an entire decade, this gem languished in the increasingly-dusty PlayStation 3 game library. In part, this may have something to do with From’s future-centric mindset. Studio director Hidetaka Miyazaki stated in a January 2019 interview with Game Informer that he wasn’t keen on remasters, although he'd be alright with the prospect “if it was a studio that really loved the original work and really put their heart and soul into realizing it again.”
Bluepoint Games, the studio famous for their work on the PS4 remake of Shadow of the Colossus and the Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection have been pegged as the ones granted the opportunity to revitalize the title. Though nothing has been confirmed, a member of the Bluepoint team recently stated that they’re “working on a big one right now.” Not exactly illuminating, but the two puzzle pieces seem to fit together conspicuously well.
The window for a PS4 release, however, is quickly drawing to a close. With the PS5 recently confirmed for a Holiday 2020 release date, some are wondering if development has been shifted toward Sony’s next-generation console. At this point, nobody can say for sure. While that would be an effective launch title, it’ll likely be made available in some capacity on what is now Sony’s current console.
With the Dark Souls trilogy concluded and everyone’s focus on games like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and the upcoming Elden Ring, fans have plenty on their plates already. However, this remaster has been a long time coming, and it would be wonderful to see Demon’s Souls finally freed from the PS3’s limiting hardware.