Submitted by SactoGamer 1993d ago | news

Atlus spoils "Demon's Souls", announces NA release date

Atlus U.S.A., Inc. has revealed that Demon's Souls, a groundbreaking action RPG experience for PlayStation 3, is to become the newest entry in the Atlus Spoils fan appreciation program. In addition to the standard version of the game, which now features new North-American exclusive box art, there will also be a deluxe edition. For less than it costs to import the game, fans will receive a 150+ page strategy guide (only available as part of this deluxe version, not for sale anywhere else) and a collectible outer slipcase, in addition to the game itself. (Demon's Souls, PS3)

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MGOelite  +   1993d ago
how about a EU release date???. im gonna be very pissy if this never comes to the EU cos i hate importing games
cgoodno  +   1993d ago
Not sure if it's going to EU. Don't see why it wouldn't go to UK at least, though. I hope you guys get it.
MGOelite  +   1993d ago
dont give 2 dams about the rest of the eu. i just want uk to get it lol
MiloGarret  +   1993d ago
No, Sweden, screw uk...

sparced  +   1993d ago
I'm in UK and choose to import it a few days ago. I'd rather have it now than have to wait till October when my plate will be full with other superb games coming out.

£40 free delivery off a reputable Hong Kong eBay seller.
Immortal Kaim  +   1993d ago
Just checked out some actual gameplay videos, looks kind of bland...
INehalemEXI  +   1993d ago
strategy guide is for pansy. lol @ LO fanboy.
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joemayo76  +   1993d ago
I'm sure there will be sumthin for the EU. . .
after all its Atlus we're talkin about.

They keep finding ways to get me to give them money, the bigger studios could learn a thing or two from these guys
Def preording the LE
JL  +   1993d ago
First off, here's to hoping you guys in EU get some love and get a release for this game. I know I'm definitely going to be getting it come October. This is one of the ones definitely on my list for the rest of this year (quite possibly top 5). The game looks cool. And on top of that, I'm really liking all the talk I hear about this game being like INSANELY difficult. I like the idea of that kind of challenge. Quite honestly, games of that kind of difficulty are few and far between these days.

As for the deluxe edition: I'll pass. I'm not much into the collectible stuff, and I can do without the game guide. Even if I do get so utterly frustrated that I decide to resort to a guide (which apparently is almost an inevitability with this game rather than a question of "if?"), but we just know the contents of that guide (or some walkthrough/guide) is going to be up on the internet in no time.

lol Is it f*cked up that I'm getting "giddy" at the idea of having a game being so fun and difficult that I'm angrily slamming the controller and loudly cussing the tv? Wanting it to be so hard that, in fits of rage, I consider calling/emailing Atlus just to cuss them out lol
Immortal Kaim  +   1992d ago
Oops, forgot I couldn't criticise any exclusives on either platform without coping the wrath of the fanboys. :)
SevWolf  +   1992d ago
@ immortal kaim
first of all you didnt criticize, you bashed, criticizing is like telling a singer "oh that was a really high note that didnt work, next time try for a lower one", bashing is "oh I just heard you sing the song, it sounded pretty bad, the notes were all over the place", and this is something everybody on this site should know about, when somebody presses the disagree button it means he disagrees with you, its not necessarily the "fanboy's wrath", I mean I disagree with you, the game doesn't look bland IN MY OPINION, so I pressed the disagree button, and Im not a fanboy, but this also doesnt mean that I hate you, so kindly understand what you're writing before bashing :)
Immortal Kaim  +   1992d ago
@ Sevwolf
LOL I didn't 'bash' it, I said it looks kind of bland, which after checking out some videos I had to say. You and I both know the majority of people who disagreed with me aren't the ones with a differing, intelligent opinion, they are the ones who disagree with anything that they presume is 'against' their system of choice.

I was hoping that someone would actually present some interesting videos, or offer up some evidence that the game is more compelling than what I have seen so far...Instead I get 18 disgrees with only 1 intelligent, different point of view (yourself).

I love my PS3 (from what I have played so far), but it doesn't mean I have to act like every exclusive is the second coming of Christ. :)
poeo  +   1992d ago
@Immortal Kaim
i thought it looked bland too at first, like any boring fantasy hack 'n slash...

but now after playing it myself for 40 hours or so, it's one of the best games this gen. you really just have to play it yourself. the graphics look better than what the videos suggest too, many little details like self-shadowing are excellently done. and the monster designs and animations are great. some of the environments too are quite impressive.
Swiftfox  +   1992d ago
@Immortal Kiam
Yes, it does lack the flash of God of War, or the charm of a Final Fantasy, but that's part of its allure.

It's not a game that is meant to visually impress or make the player feel empowered. You play an ordinary man doing extraordinary feats.

It's a pure test of personal fortitude, patience and skill that in the end leaves you with a deep sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

Kratos brings down a cyclopes. Child's play. A normal man brings down a cyclops. Now THAT is an adventure.
callahan09  +   1992d ago
@ Immortal Kaim:

Don't judge a book by its cover. You shouldn't watch videos of a game and come to hasty conclusions from that. OK, maybe for some games you can really tell if it's your kind of game just from watching videos, but when it comes to a deep action-RPG like Demon's Souls, a game that is quite unique in comparison to all other action games and RPG's that have come out in the past 2 generations of gaming, you can't jump to conclusions about it until you experience it for yourself. If you think you understand it just from watching a couple of videos, I can assure you that you do not. You will play this game and realize that it is so much more than you expected.

The game oozes atmosphere. It exudes depth and gets under your skin. You soon won't be able to think about anything else once you start playing it. It's not your typical action game, it's not your standard RPG, it's something new - but also, something old. It goes back to an earlier time in gaming and takes the kind of design that would have been familiar 20 years ago and recreates that with the technology of today (better graphics and sound, online functionality, more complexity in control). I bought the Asia version of Demon's Souls and put in 113 hours, earning the platinum trophy. I can assure you, this game is not "bland."
nothere413  +   1992d ago
I want this. I want it bad...
INehalemEXI  +   1992d ago
I disagree cause I play it and its far from bland IMO. The art style is dreary though like Kingsfield series. Just cause its not a vibrant cheery RPG I would not call it bland ...its just awesome.
zoneofenders  +   1992d ago
well this is my GOTA so far. it beats KZ2 and infamous.
i wouldnt call it "bland" LOL
Immortal Kaim  +   1992d ago
@ the ppl commenting to me
That is exactly what I wanted, an explanation of the game not just random disgrees. I'm not personally into hack'n'slash games, so the initial impressions I got from the videos, was just 'same old, same old'.

Now that I have actually had people explaining the deeper mechanics and subtle RPG elements, I'm intrigued.

I think that is what we are lacking around here, anyone who questions the 'norm' is typically disagreed with, and we don't actually get thought provoking conversation. I will point out my initial comment of 'it's bland' wasn't the most stimulating conversation starter, but it seems to have done its job in the long run.

So thanks to the people who actually took the time to respond in an intelligent manner, as I was be keeping a closer eye on this game now. :)
heroicjanitor  +   1993d ago
A free guide?
First time I've seen that in a special edition, hope it comes to the EU too

kurochi: So I've heard, I'll take that as a challenge :)
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Timesplitter14  +   1993d ago
Apparently, this is one of the hardest games ever.

I guess that's why it comes with a guide
Max Power  +   1993d ago
its kind of funny...
devs tend to make the game more difficult when they localize it for the western countries, makes you wonder if they amped it up a tad? Still torn on weather or not to get the deluxe package, the hardcore gamer in me says I don't need, but the collector in me says it would be a nice collectable. I suppose I could pick it up and not use the book and keep it mint, hmmm I think I'll do that.
kurochi  +   1993d ago
It's about
time that the US PS3 consumers got to enjoy this diamond in the rough.... LOL I hope that the EU get some love with this game also.

PS. @ heroichjanitor: trust me.... if they didn't change anything about this game from the Japanese version, you'll need some help with it playing it through by yourself.
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ZombieNinjaPanda  +   1993d ago
"got to enjoy this diamond in the rough"

You been listening to Avenged Sevenfold lately? XD

on topic:

Game looks interesting, wonder if they'll demo it?
Uzesgelen_Goo  +   1993d ago
why demo?! JUST GET IT BRO (- ^_^ -)b
ShadowRyuX  +   1993d ago
didn't invent that term...sure I love them, but they are far from the first to use it...
ZombieNinjaPanda  +   1993d ago
@MGL Gamer, haha I would I def would, but the expenses of life are starting to hit me.

@Shadowryu, I'm sure they didn't, but I was just wondering because I just saw their album XD
cayal  +   1992d ago
I haven't seen this game before, how is it ground breaking?
Cerberus_Hunter  +   1993d ago
Nice, can't wait.
I guess i'll be pre-ordering the "deluxe edition" then.
SactoGamer  +   1993d ago
I think that's the point. Looks to be worth it, though.
blitz0623  +   1993d ago
I can't waiiiiiit for thisss game XD
Liquid_Ocelot  +   1993d ago
who are the participating retailers!!?? GameRape(Stop) better have this, i want the Strategy Guide, the Art Book & the collectible outer slipcase!! gimme gimme gimme!! Deluxe Edition here i come!!
UltimateIdiot911  +   1993d ago
I hope Amazon will have it.
MiloGarret  +   1993d ago
GameRape.... lol.
whothedog  +   1993d ago
Game looks sick! and the SE now sounds great with a guide with it. Don't see that too often.
FLOWCity  +   1993d ago
Well I'll be busy with Forza and Halo in october so I guess I'll import this next week
Marquis_de_Sade  +   1993d ago
You're a brave guy saying that in here.
xg-ei8ht  +   1993d ago
diamond in the rough

It's from aladin
Kamikaze135  +   1993d ago
Holy crap...October 6?
And here I am thinking that there are no gaming related good news during the weekend, lol. I thought this had a late November release....Having an early October release along with an awesome CE is awesome news =D
clintos59  +   1993d ago
This is definately up there on my top list of games to buy this year...
I know ill be spending 50+ hours on this game. Especially after hearing how difficult it is just makes me love it even more.
Nikuma  +   1993d ago
I might just have to re-buy this game for the deluxe version. Amazing game.
MelaDarkwood  +   1993d ago
Sadly, I'm thinking the same thing. I spent $135 on this game already, imported two copies, one for me and one for my friend, but I want a slipcase and maybe a strategy guide.....not that I really need one, but my New Game+ will be coming up soon and I'm already afraid...... =(

Don't worry y'all, you will all enjoy this game, even you doubters. Sure, it's made me stop playing at some points when I was greatly frustrated, but once you get it, you'll really enjoy it. I know I am. =) I haven't played in a few days, but only because I'm a human and my friend who helps me as a blue soul has been busy. I don't want to lose my body just yet. And I'm still scared of Black Phantoms.... =(
E_Dawgg  +   1993d ago
120 plus hours
This is a must have. I imported it in February and ended up playing this more than Killzone 2. I had 120 hours logged in to beat the game, and then you can spend endless time breaking into people's games. I am going to get the deluxe version just to get the strategy guide too. PS3 owners please support this game and send the message that more games need to be released oversees. I hope EU gets this as well, but if not import the Asian version and check out the Demon's Souls Wiki. You will not regret it.
Baka-akaB  +   1993d ago
Great , i already own the Hk version , but will definitely get and support the us one .
Reibooi  +   1993d ago
normally i would be dissapointed with a guide as a extra but seeing as Demon souls is known for being retardedly hard it's certainly a welcome addition.
UltimateIdiot911  +   1993d ago
I heard it isn't ridiculously hard if you're use to games like Monster Hunters and Action JRPG but it proves enough challenge.
mandf  +   1993d ago
That sucks because it's the first day of my honeymoon. I have to wait 2 weeks to play it. I game about 70 hours a week and I don't think she'll let me get away with playing any games on the honeymoon.
Figboy  +   1993d ago
why would you want to?
when me and my wife got married in May of this year, we played a few board games, watched a few movies, then, er, well...lets just say it's more fun than playing video games, that's for sure.
frjoethesecond  +   1993d ago
So hows the difficulty compare to say Valkyria chronicles on hard (not ex hard cos it's stupid)?
ptotoy  +   1993d ago
man, october is too far
3 months is too long of a wait.. but too short to justify importing it.. man, life sucks..

i mean, what good games are out this summer? Fight Night 4, KOF, blazblue -- all fighting games.. which i lost interest in a long time ago.. for august, there's batman but that's towards the end of the month. in september, you have a couple of racing games i'll buy.. but october!?! you have ninja gaiden sigma 2, you have uncharted 2, you have R&C. then, mw2 and MAG in novemeber.. my point is, which i should have typed at the beginning, release the demon soul's now while i have the time to play a game like this.
SactoGamer  +   1993d ago
The wait will make it that much better. What's that saying? Good things come to those who wait?
AssassinHD  +   1992d ago
Patience is the mother of virtue, and virtue is a son of a b***h.
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mandf  +   1993d ago
Two disagrees for stating facts about my life you lame a@@ fanboys need to grow up. Not everyone on this sit is a teenager or is broke. I game that is my life. I have no need to work. I already put my time in.
CaitSith  +   1993d ago
I want this
NOW. Grrr..
Etseix  +   1993d ago
PLEASE JUST PLEASE dont change the DIFFICULTY!!! every hard game frmo japan changes its difficult when it comes to NA, c mon!!! i wanna pla ythis fair, if not, well i guess ill be importing it -_-'
DNAgent  +   1993d ago
They won't change the difficulty. They already said it's really hard in one of the videos on the playstation blog. Not to mention this is Atlus handling the NA version so I really doubt they will make the game easier (especially when they have games with hard difficulties like Trauma Center).
DNAgent  +   1993d ago
On another note...
There is another game from the same people (From Software) coming exclusively to the PS3 called "Black Blade".

Also, this is a great pre-order bonus. I can't wait for Demon's Souls to release in NA.
TheHater  +   1993d ago
Black Blade
WTF is that? Never heard of that game before

Edit: hasn't that game been cancel?
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wanderofys  +   1993d ago
God I love Altus spoils. About half of everything they release has extra stuff in it, who else will do that for you? They're so into fan service it's almost hard to believe they're real.
SactoGamer  +   1993d ago
If only more companies were like them.
badbond1  +   1993d ago
wants all of my money in the fall. Damn!!!
Coolrah  +   1993d ago
I have never played this game but from the huge amount of press its getting I really wanna try it out.
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Cetra  +   1993d ago
This game is really challenging and fun. Dont judge it based on online videos. You really have to play it to know why this game is getting awesome reviews everywhere.
OGharryjoysticks  +   1993d ago
Thank God I cancelled my import order a long time ago
It was taking so long for that game to get in stock I ran out of patience and cancelled my order for the Asia version. What an awesome move! I will be getting the Deluxe Demon now because I like double D's baby :)
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SactoGamer  +   1993d ago
Now THAT'S thinkin' with your dipstick, Jimmy.
Rest Of World  +   1993d ago
I wholeheartedly support a Zeebo uprising! Look, Microsoft only has America. Face it, the US just isn't enough to support the 360. To live, you need the support of mwah.
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Zeebo CEO  +   1993d ago
Back off. You're just getting defensive, and you have good reason too. I would be too if I was struggling outside of my home country.
Time Traveler  +   1993d ago
Look, it's set in stone that the 360 will fail outside of the US in the long run. Not a chance. I've seen it for myself.

And Zeebo guy, get out of here. You have no reason to say that, as I've seen for myself how you will do... it's laughable!
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Time Traveler  +   1993d ago
Oh just wait. I've seen it all. By Christmas, the tables will have turned. Dramatically. Mark my words.
Etseix  +   1993d ago
this guy makes USA looks so bad,.. o well there be always be black sheeps among everything isnt? ;)
Silber  +   1993d ago
This Game so so woderful - My favorite PS3 Game since Release of the Console. Thats the Game where iam happy to have a PS3^^ I like the difficulty, even its sometimes insane. I hope they dont make it easier for the western market.

Have played 60 hours and its my second playtrough now.
Marquis_de_Sade  +   1993d ago
Does anyone have a link to a reputable site that I can import this game from? I live in the UK by the way.
Anilom  +   1993d ago
Best Action RPG for the PS3
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