There have been far too many player deaths to count in the Souls series. But even with the Dark Souls trilogy still killing players in new and aggravating ways, there's still an affinity among the series' fanbase for the game that started it all: the PS3-exclusive Demon's Souls. But an era is about to end for Demon's Souls, with online services for the 2008 adventure set to come to an end.
After 9 years of reoccurring deaths and frustrations, but just as many triumphs of dedication, Demon's Souls online servers will terminate on February 28, 2018. Play online one last time, and share with us your best Demon's Souls moment! pic.twitter.com/knIgmXLqFW— Dark Souls (@DarkSoulsGame) November 27, 2017
Publisher Atlus made the announcement via the Atlus website:
"It's with mixed emotions we say goodbye to the service. Countless players have enjoyed Demon’s Souls and the functionality it introduced to players when such things were rarer. If you've played the game then you understand the feeling of dying multiple times in the span of 10 minutes or dealing with a boss fight so difficult that it took you a week just to figure out the best way to attack. The unforgiving nature of the game has provided countless enjoyable moments of frustration and anger, but also the elation felt from beating something so challenging. This difficulty and grit helped pave the way for even more punishing games such as its spiritual successor Dark Souls, the 2017 hit Nioh, and the landmark PS4 title, Bloodborne."
The game itself isn't going away, since there's still ample life in Demon's Souls' offline game modes. But players will no longer be able to find other players as shades, search for player death locations, or use anything relating to World Tendency. So don't look for any spirit assistance and don't look for any new lives to steal. There are still plenty of ways to die in Demon's Souls, but getting killed by another player won't be one of them.
The countdown is on, as Demon's Souls' online servers will go down three months from tomorrow. Enjoy them from now through February 28.