Demon’s Souls servers are shutting down tomorrow, on February 28th. The game will remain fully playable offline, of course. However, the online elements, which many would argue are integral to the experience, will no longer be available. Atlus announced the shutdown in a post on their website in a touching goodbye, with staff members sharing their memories and experiences with Demon’s Souls.
Time to say goodbye to a legend. Demon’s Souls, the game that started the whole Souls-like genre, is going to be shutting down its servers on February 28th. After eight years of support, and one whole console generation later, it’s time to pull the plug. Of course, you’ll still be able to play it offline fully, but one of the major draws, the online multiplayer and communication with other players, will be gone. No player death locations, no in-game messages, no World Tendency features.
Atlus announced the server shutdown a while ago on their website. It’s a pretty touching farewell, calling the title “foundational to how we play games today,” which it undoubtedly is. Without Demon’s Souls, its core gameplay and teeth-grinding difficulty, we wouldn’t have Dark Souls, Bloodborne, or Nioh. It was the first to introduce gamers to the frustration of trying to beat a section over and over, and the pure catharsis of finally figuring out how to overcome that obstacle. Demon’s Souls is a true pioneer game, and deserves to go down in gaming history. Later in the post, Atlus staff members share their own experiences and memories of Demon’s Souls. It’s honestly quite touching.
It’s sad to have to see a legend have to go away. Luckily, you’ll still be able to play it offline whenever you want to relive the memories that you’ve made while playing Demon’s Souls.