September 17, 2020 Sony has reversed course and now says Demon’s Souls is only coming to the PlayStation 5.
Demon’s Souls was the finale for the PlayStation Showcase today, showing off its overhauled visuals and sound in spectacular form. The best part, from our perspective at least, was a tiny bit of text at the very end of the trailer that says the Demon’s Souls remake is coming to PC.
The trailer provides a bit of narrative framing for Demon’s Souls’ world of Boletaria before heading right into a run toward the tutorial boss, the Vanguard. It’s a perfect point of contrast between the original 2009 game and the remade version that’s coming out soon – the lighting, textures, and architecture of the encounter have all been completely redone. It looks fantastic. It’s clear from the full run up to the fight that this is a new game rather than a mere remaster of old assets, from the high quality lighting effects dappling the highly detailed scenes, to the muffled, regular footfalls of our hero making their way to the boss room.
Demon’s Souls is considered to be the first of ‘Soulsborne’ games, even though it was itself heavily influenced by FromSoft’s 2006 release King’s Field.
Here’s the trailer:
At the end, you’ll notice a blue screen displaying the PlayStation 5. “PlayStation Exclusive” appears in large lettering under the Demon’s Souls logo. Beneath PlayStation’s official branding, there’s a proviso: “Not available on other consoles for a limited time. Also available on PC.”
However, after the publication of the trailer, a Sony representative spoke with Kotaku, and said that this verbiage was incorrect. The representative said that the inclusion of this wording in the trailer was due to “human error” and that Demon’s Souls would only be coming to PS5.
According to Game Awards host and creator Geoff Keighley, Demon’s Souls will be a PlayStation 5 launch title – which means we’ll be seeing the game in some form in just a few short months.
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) September 16, 2020
The reversal is a disappointment for PC fans, whose hopes would have been sky high after the surprising news today. It may be worth keeping a cinder of hope burning – why would an erroneous graphic like the one that aired in the showcase exist at all if there were no plans for a PC launch?