Originally scheduled to be shut down at the end of May, Demon's Souls online features will continue on for the foreseeable future. Atlus announced today that due to continued use, they will support and maintain Demon's Souls services. Thank goodness too, because I need all the bloodstain help I can get.
Tim Pivnicny, VP of marketing and sales at Atlus, had the following to say on the postponement:
"We're incredibly excited to be able to announce that the Demon's Souls online experience will persist for a while longer. While it originally seemed as though it would be unfeasible for us to continue to sustain the servers, a number of developments have made it possible for us to continue to invest in and support our fans as they have continued to invest in and support us and Demon's Souls. For all the gamers who have yet to discover the game's amazing online experience, we're happy to say you can still log on and find out why Demon's Souls is still regarded by many as one of the finest games of all time."
For now, the delay in shutdown is indefinite. Atlus says if fans continue to show interest and continue playing, then they'll consider future extensions. Hopefully this means Demon's Souls online services will continue to be supported for years to come.
While Namco Bandai now has the privilege of publishing From Software's Dark Souls and further Souls titles in North America, Atlus still has control of the Demon's Souls property. It would be a shame to have cut the game's online features, considering how relevant and impactful the title has been and continues to be. Don't get me wrong, I'm still terrible at the stupid game, but there's no argument that it isn't great -- and this is outstanding news.
Demon's Souls is PlayStation 3 exclusive, but you can pick it up fairly readily and cheaply since it's now part of the "Greatest Hits" library.