The Service Ends This Wednesday on February 28th
The online service for the 2009 PS3 classic, Demon’s Souls, is coming to an end this week on Wednesday. The service was originally scheduled to end back in 2012 but the planned shutdown was cancelled instead.
The upcoming shutdown is planned for 5:00 PM Japan time (which is 3:00 AM Eastern time). It was first announced last November that the service would be shutting down on February 28th. Players will still be able to play offline but features such as the online multiplayer & co-op, in-game messages and being able to see the ghosts of other players will no longer function.
“It’s with mixed emotions we say goodbye to the service,” said the game’s publisher, Atlus, in a statement about the shutdown. “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,” the statement continued. “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.”
Demon’s Souls players how are you planning on spending these last few days of the game’s online service? One last PvP round played against friends? Or maybe summoning some of those friends to take down a boss just one last time before the online service is shutdown? Let us know how you feel (and be sure to pour one out for Demon’s Souls, of course!) in the comments!