Atlus Bringing 'Ultimate Action RPG' Demon's Souls to North America

Claiming that Demon's Souls is "the hardcore RPG experience PLAYSTATION 3 system owners have been waiting for since the platform's launch" and "the ultimate action RPG," publisher Atlus today announced that the game will hit North America this fall. nope

Developed by the King's Field and Armored Core veterans at From Software, the PlayStation 3 action-RPG arrived in Japan earlier this year. Along with single-player, the title offers cooperative multiplayer for up to three players and some competitive PvP.

The game is also said to offer "uniquely focused" online options that enhance the singe-player campaign. For example, bloodstains mark the spots where you or another player died, and allow you to watch a replay of that death in order to learn from the past. BOOM video 1317

For more details on the game, check out Atlus' bullet point-filled fact sheet:

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...

    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.