It seems more and more games are losing online support within the first year of release these days. Fans of Demon Souls won’t have to worry, well, at least until March. Atlus Games released a statement today promising they will continue online support for the 2009 release.
“We are proud to maintain our commitment to the Demon’s Souls online community by extending our support for the game’s servers, allowing current and new players to continue to enjoy the game’s vast online feature set,” stated Aram Jabbari, Manager of PR and Sales for Atlus. “One of the highest-rated, most talked about games of all time, Demon’s Souls is defined by its groundbreaking online functionality. No other game better marries suspenseful, claustrophobic solitude with unprecedented cooperative and competitive multiplayer connectivity. Each game world, each individual’s adventure, can be bridged with those of others’, making for one of the most startlingly grand yet deeply intimate RPG experiences ever created.”
To celebrate the news, the server’s World Tendency, a variable that can make the game more or less difficult and unlock secrets depending on its setting, will be shifted to Pure White for a couple weeks, making the notoriously challenging game slightly easier for newcomers while also allowing long-time veterans to reach otherwise inaccessible areas and items.
This bit of news is sure to keep the hardcore Demon Souls fans happy for now. The only bittersweet news is that server support may end in March of 2011 and this is just more of an announcement of the end rather than the start of an extension. Either way, players should enjoy the time they have for now and breathe easy for a while knowing that they will be ensured online for at least eight more months.