Demon’s Soul is a game developed by FromSoftware designed mainly for PlayStation 3 under the guidance of Japan Studio. The game was first launched in Japan by Sony Computer Entertainment in February 2009, in North America published by Atlus USA in October 2009 and in July 2010 it was also published in PAL territories by Namco Bandai Games. The game is hailed as a spiritual successor to King’s Field series also developed by FromSoftware.
Demon’s Soul was released as the first sequel of the Soul series was set in the Boletaria Kingdom—a kingdom that was devoured by a dark entity known as the Old One, following its discharge by using forbidden Soul Arts. Gamers play the role of a hero in the Boletaria Kingdom to slay the fallen king Allant and conciliate the Old One. As for the gameplay, the gamers have to navigate in five different realms from a centre called the Nexus, with a huge emphasis on challenging fights and machinists encircling the gamer’s death and re-emerging. Meanwhile, online multiplayer enables both gamer teamwork and world raids featuring PvP battles.
Although the game was a success, the game’s early development encountered some harsh critiques due to a lack of distinct vision. Despite facing such problems, Hidetaka Miyazaki a member of FromSoftware took over the project and worked on it which later changed the title into what it ultimately came to be.
The game was lauded for its tough combat and compelling gameplay, henceforth earning many awards. Its achievements undertook a series of Souls games launching with Dark Souls in the year 2011. Much later a remake was released published by Bluepoint Games and Japan Studio exclusively for PlayStation 5 in Nov. 2020.
Demon’s Souls 2: Will the much-awaited sequel return?
It’s not known whether Demon’s Souls will ever return but even if it does return, it will take years for the game developers to return with a sequel.
During a conversation with Game Informer, Miyazaki disclosed that it’s solely upon Sony to determine whether the Demon’s Souls series resumes or approves a remake version. Although the his hands are tied to make a decision, Miyazaki very much conceded that he is reluctant to go back to the world of Demon’s Souls.
He said, “It’s not that I’m embarrassed, I just don’t like to look at my previous works.” Demon’s Souls was the first game he helmed which turned out to be a success and his other games have profited from his years of experience. Miyazaki also said that he appreciated the fans who were clamouring for further Demon’s Souls series. Though he isn’t too sure to continue the Demon’s Souls series but said that he would gladly open to remaster or sequel from a different studio.
After years of announcement about a remaster, Dark Souls was finally released in 2018 and many fans often mistook Dark Souls as a sequel to Demon’s Souls. Fans of the game appealed to the game developers that Demon’s Souls a popular game and loved by many deserved its sequel. However, Miyazaki claimed that the Demon’s Soul franchise was completed.
Of course, it’s not like we expect the franchise to come up with a sequel right away but a Demon’s Souls 2 would surely hype the fans and this is exactly what FromSoftware needs to steal the attention of its audience.