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Demon’s Souls remake coming to PS5

FromSoftware’s original ‘Souls’ game is going next-gen

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Demon’s Souls is getting a next-gen remake. FromSoftware’s original Souls game, originally released on PlayStation 3 in 2009, is coming to PlayStation 5, Sony Interactive Entertainment announced today.

According to Sony, Demon’s Souls for PS5 has been “entirely rebuilt from the ground up and masterfully enhanced.” A release date for the remake was not announced.

Handling development of the Demon’s Souls remake is Bluepoint Games. Original developer FromSoftware itself is currently developing Elden Ring — with Game of Thrones writer George R. R. Martin — for Bandai Namco.

Demon’s Souls was first release in February 2009 in Japan. The action role-playing game bucked game design trends of the time, focusing on challenging gameplay and a stark narrative set against a gloomy, medieval European backdrop. The player assumes the role of a warrior exploring the kingdom of Boletaria, a land shrouded in fog and overrun by demons. Players must vanquish the demons throughout Boletaria, consuming their souls to become stronger before facing the Old One, an ancient evil.

Demon’s Souls was originally perplexing to players, and even to publisher Sony Computer Entertainment, which opted not to publish the game outside of Japan. Eventually, Demon’s Souls’ unusual mechanics and its groundbreaking multiplayer helped the game find a wider audience. Its success spawned the Dark Souls series and helped game director Hidetaka Miyazaki ascend to the position of president of FromSoftware.

Update: An earlier version of this story mentioned a “Fractured Mode” and two graphics settings for Demon’s Souls, but a Sony Interactive Entertainment spokesperson said those details are outdated and inaccurate. This story has been updated to remove that language.

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