Posted by John on October 7, 2011

‘Demon’s Souls’ (PS3) Celebrates Second Anniversary

Revolutionary online features support your adventure like never before, presenting seamless inter-connectivity that serves in every instance to enhance the single-player game. Team up with other players in simultaneous cooperative play, working together to topple some of the game’s colossal bosses, or force your way into the games of skilled players and challenge them to PvP battle.

Leave hints and clues for those who will follow in your footsteps; either intentionally or through your own inadvertent demise, your bloodstains will allow your successors to view a replay of your death, hinting at how to avoid your gruesome fate. Unprecedented in its depth and subtlety, peerless in its relentlessly challenging gameplay, Demon’s Souls is the ultimate action RPG.

King Allant the XII, the last king of Boletaria, searched tirelessly to expand his might. The Nexus, a great ice shrine nestled in the mountains, bestowed the power of the souls onto him, bringing prosperity to his kingdom. Still unsated, he returned again to the Nexus, where he foolishly awakened the Old One from its eternal slumber. This long forgotten evil, now wrought upon Boletaria, plunged the realm into darkness and fog. A mighty demon horde poured into the kingdom, devouring the souls of men.

Champions from other realms learned of Boletaria’s fate and sought to deliver the kingdom from evil; none would return from the cursed land. Called upon by a mysterious maiden in black, you go forth, the last hope for humanity in a place lost to demons and darkness…

In recognition of the title’s accomplishments and in sincere gratitude to the fan community for two years of unyielding passion and support, ATLUS revealed World Tendency plans for the month of October.  Starting today until October 17, Boletaria will shift to Pure White World Tendency, easing the game’s difficulty and unlocking otherwise inaccessible areas and items.  From then until the end of the month, the World Tendency will become Pure Black, making the game more challenging and again, opening up otherwise hidden secrets.

“When people get together to talk about games that have forever changed the face of the industry,  Demon’s Souls remains one of the most salient titles to discuss,” shared Shinichi Suzuki, President and CEO at ATLUS.  ”From the beginning, we were honored to be involved with so daring a project.  We endeavored to pour every bit as much of ourselves into how we promoted, packaged, and supported the game as developer FROM Software obviously had.  Upon its North American release, there was already a strong, growing community of fans.  They received the game, its relevance, and its accomplishments with such great passion and earnestness; we made it our highest priority to not let them down.  We are incredibly proud to continue to support the game’s online functionality and host World Tendency events as long as we can.  We’re not just the game’s publisher: we’re fans, too.”

“Two years ago today, Demon’s Souls’ launch day, was one of the most exciting, unpredictable times in our company’s two-decade history,” commented Tim Pivnicny, Vice President of Marketing and Sales at ATLUS.  ”We recognized the caliber of the game.  We were certain that fears about it being too challenging for our market were unfounded.  Still, we had no idea what to expect.  Our modest launch was immediately exhausted, as was the physical pre-order gift at participating retailers, a collectible booklet containing a tangible 24-track, 71 minute soundtrack CD and 36 pages of full color artwork printed on deluxe paper.  Our painstakingly designed and assembled Deluxe Edition-still the only place our official 160-page strategy guide was ever made available-disappeared before the month was up.  It became a phenomenon, our biggest title ever.  Most importantly, Demon’s Souls has achieved a rare status of prestige, owed to the tireless support and promotion of the game from the best community of fans in the world.  It’s easy for some to take that kind of support for granted, but for us, it would be straight up 5-2.”  

Key Features

  • Ultimate hardcore RPG challenge — In this brutal land, death is inevitable, but not final. Combining the best features of an action game and RPG, you’ll slice, smash, shoot, and ensorcel some of the most horrible, vicious enemies ever encountered. Are you strong enough to face the impossible and win?
  • Groundbreaking online capabilities — Network features go far beyond any previous RPG, allowing players to leave hints for each other, replay death scenes, cooperatively revive dead players, or invade another player’s game to wreak havoc. Not merely an add-on feature, multiplayer options are vast, and uniquely focused on changing and intensifying the single player experience.
  • Freeform and flexible — The open-ended structure of the game means that there is no single path, but rather a wealth of options. Set your own pace and progress as you like. Build exactly the character you want by creating a detailed avatar, nurturing the right stats, and customizing your skills and equipment.
  • You act, the world reacts — The World Tendency system changes the aggressiveness of monsters and the rewards for killing them based on players’ actions. Different events and NPCs may be triggered, as well.

Demon’s Souls is out now for PS3 for the bargain MSRP of $19.99. 

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