Project Dark Will be “Dark Souls” (The Spiritual Successor of Demon Souls)


This weeks Famitsu has some juicy details for Demon Souls fans. The spiritual successor or sequel of Demon souls has been outed with some juicy details. The game will be multiplatform and co-developed by Namco Bandai and From Software. Check out the info.
(Update: Gaming Everything posted this scan from Famitsu mag.)

- This is the official title of what was previously Project Dark
- This time they want to increase the amount of field exploration in the game.
- All fields are seamless, so whatever you can see, you can reach and explore. If you see a fortress or castle walls in the distance, you can eventually get there.
- There will be no map display in the game, just a position display marker.
- They aim to make the game just as challenging than Demon’s Souls, but also just as rewarding when you succeed. The sense of achievement is important.
- The gameplay will be similar to Demon’s Souls in concept, where it’s about trial and error and learning from your mistakes to play better.
- The game does not share the same world and story as Demon’s Souls.
- The game will not use the same format as Demon’s Souls in terms of having 5 worlds connected via a hub.
- Instead all maps in the game will be linked seamlessly in a connected world. The pace of the game will feel more about exploration and discovering locations, which you can then go inside into a dungeon or whatever and explore the interior further.
- There will be more complex level designs in the game using more vertical design in areas and such.
- The world setting is based on medieval dark fantasy, and will contain themes like “high fantasy of kings and knights”, “death and the depths of the earth”, and “the flames of chaos”.
- The character creation process will not be class based.
- The play style of the player character will have much more freedom this time.
- There will be many more spells and items, and the animation and uniqueness of weapons will also be increased.
- The online elements are very similar to Demon’s Souls. There is cooperative and PvP.
- You can still leave messages, and see players who died at various places.
- There will be no Soul Tendency this time because they don’t want to have to use dedicated servers to handle that shit again.
- Instead this time there will be more features allowing players to engage in “mutual role playing” which they say are still under wraps. They’ll reveal more when it’s time.

translation via Duckroll of Neogaf


Written by: Eddie - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by hobbes on February 1st, 2011 [ 28876 Points ]

    hmm, not sure if i like some of the changes, but i guess this will let the original stand on its own

  2. #2 by Sakinah on February 1st, 2011 [ 26489 Points ]

    “The game does not share the same world and story as Demon’s Souls.”

    Not surprising since Sony owns the IP.

    “They aim to make the game just as challenging than Demon’s Souls”

    Good to hear. Don’t dumb down the difficulty for the casual crowd, even if it takes 100x to kill a cheap boss like the False King on NG+.

    “Instead all maps in the game will be linked seamlessly in a connected world”

    Thumbs up to that news.

    Looking forward to this one.

  3. #3 by Beastxjason on February 1st, 2011 [ 27484 Points ]

    This was sad news for me. What happened to, “if it inst broken don’t fix it?” Way to screw up an IP. Bigger areas to explore, dear god. I see people running away and drinking potions for hr long duels. Thanks for the post bu what a bummer.

  4. #4 by pedro on February 1st, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    I have mixed feelings about it.

    Despite the fact I like what I hear, free roam, open world, no class and such sound a lot like story driven RPG.

    And that’s reaaaally not the case of Demons Soul.

    Let’s wait and see! I’m excited i guess!

  5. #5 by Sakinah on February 1st, 2011 [ 26489 Points ]

    Beastxjason:

    Bigger areas to explore, dear god. I see people running away and drinking potions for hr long duels. Thanks for the post bu what a bummer.  

    ^

    That’s a good point. Hopefully FS will be able to address that.

  6. #7 by xDeFcoN_2FasT4Ux on February 1st, 2011 [ 2160 Points ]

    HMMm sounds good.

  7. #8 by Beastxjason on February 2nd, 2011 [ 27484 Points ]

    Scans are too pretty for demons souls universe. Whats with all the color lol I want a dark and gritty ruthless world.


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