New Action RPG Announced: Demon Souls


In the Japanese print magazine, Famitsu, Sony revealed their first unannounced game for TGS: Demon Souls. This is a “dark fantasy” action RPG developed by Armored Core developers, From Software.

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From 1UP:

The way Kajii and From Software director Hidetaka Miyazaki described it, Demon’s Souls is a bit of a hybrid — an RPG that uses the PS3’s hardware to the hilt while still retaining the challenge and exploration of traditional role-players. Your hero can use a wide variety of weapons, each of which has different attacks and animations depending on how skillful you are or whether you’re using one hand or two, and the game’s physics system places natural limits on what’s possible in any given tactical situation. “We gave a lot of thought to how to make the fun and charms of a classic RPG interesting all over again with the latest technology at hand,” Miyazaki noted. “We figured that doing the things that previous hardware ignored — having long weapons bump into walls, lighting the area in realtime with the torch in your hand — would make the game that much more fun. We’re taking the things you did through menus in Wizardry and letting you carry them out in real life.”

(thanks to fleakitten)


Written by: Darrin - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by fleakitten on October 2nd, 2008 [ 26489 Points ]

    Can’t wait to hear more about this game at the TGS. It’s supposed to be playable from what I’ve read at PSU, so maybe it’s close to being finished.

  2. #2 by darrin on October 2nd, 2008

    I didn’t like Armored Core, so that’s a negative. But the design of this title sounds ambitious and genuinely exciting. We will read tons about this next week. Can’t wait.

  3. #3 by ehandlr on October 2nd, 2008 [ 44542 Points ]

    -From Software are huge fans of kings field.

    -Sony Approached From Software to make a game for them.

    -The director thinks it was a great timing when sony asked about the game. He was working on Armored Core game and his company was working on an rpg (Probably Enchanted Arms?). It was a while since they worked on a fantasy game (I think more of an action rpg game).

    -From Software gets complete freedom to make the game.

    -They get also lots of help from Sony when they need to.

    -The main character is a From Software like character. They want to have their From Software flavour with the game and characters.

    -The game doesn?t necessary have to look amazing, they are more aiming for a good game with the right balance.

    -You can swap items in realtime? (Not sure about that).

    -They want the game to look very rpg like and it has elements to remind you from older rpgs.

    -They had of like a trial and error with the balance of the game many times.

    -They are not planning on making the game too hard like other action rpg games.

    spiritual successor to King’s Field

    nameless hero who you’re free to customize Elder Scrolls-style

    extremely open-ended

    RPG that uses the PS3’s hardware to the hilt while still retaining the challenge and exploration of traditional role-players.

    the game’s physics system places natural limits on what’s possible in any given tactical situation.

    having long weapons bump into walls, lighting the area in realtime with the torch in your hand — would make the game that much more fun

    would still like to “find a way to use the Internet to make the single-player mode more interesting

  4. #4 by Darrin on October 2nd, 2008 [ 17143 Points ]

    All that really sounds awesome. Finally, devs really are pushing the RPG genre forward. Can’t wait to see this in action next week.

  5. #5 by ps3mod on October 3rd, 2008

    Yeah, but there have been a lot of donkeys in the Genre.
    I’ll wait for the release before I get too excited


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