Demon’s Souls ends online services after nine years of operation

    
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Has it already been nine years since Demon’s Souls first appeared on the scene, bringing its now-famous brand of ultra-hardcore action combat and progression? Apparently is has, and the studio behind the original game of the series has decided that nine years is long enough to keep the servers up and running.

While gamers can still enjoy Demon’s Souls as a single-player title, after February 28th, 2018, nobody will be able to access the multiplayer components that connected the community. The team announced this week that it is shutting down the online servers early next year, which will effectively kill coop play and multiplayer features such as leaving notes for others and seeing death markings of other players to help avoid your own demise.

“Let’s get the tough news out of the way: on February 28, 2018, the servers for Demon’s Souls will be shut down,” publisher Atlas wrote. “The game will remain fully playable, but online functionality such as in-game messaging, player death locations, and World Tendency features will stop working. 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.”

Polygon noted that the online servers were originally going to be taken down in 2012, but the publisher made a last-minute call to keep them up and running.

Source: Atlus via Polygon, Gamespot
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nobleeinherjar

Atlus kept the servers up and running far longer than they needed to and for that I applaud them. I would love it if this means a re-release of Demon’s Souls is coming to consoles/PC, as it’s still my favorite game in the entire series, but .. I guess time will tell.

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yoh_sl

Some are speculating that this is preparation for a rerelease of Demon Souls…. but as of yet there is no evidence to suggest that. However all three publishers of Demon Souls working in unison like this is a bit suspicious.
Could just be a financial thing.

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Xijit

Nah … Atlus just kept it living for the fans, because customer first policies are what keeps their players loyal, and now there is probably no one playing it anymore.

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Xijit

I love Atlus … RIP the sweet Prince that was Atlus Online.

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Nic Hickman

Still waiting for an MMO that aims for Souls style aesthetic, level design and combat. One can dream!

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landslide_krag

Is that header official Demon’s Souls art? Because the character appears to be the Prophet from Atlantica Online…

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Xijit

Yeah, that is completely not Demon Souls … I still have that Prophet wallpaper from Atlantica somewhere on my hard drive.

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wratts

Wow! Considering the performance, I think I assumed this was peer to peer. Loved Demons Souls more than I ever got into Dark Souls series

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Xijit

IMO Bloodborne was closer to Demon Souls than Dark Souls.

And I loved Bloodborn, but had a hard time clicking with Dark Souls.