How Long Will The New Demon’s Souls Servers Be Online?

By Spencer . September 10, 2009 . 10:20am


Good question. After Sony shut down online play for Derby Time Online after seven months it’s a fair question too.


The service terms, which you must agree with to play Demon’s Souls online, guarantee sponsorship for “no less than six months” from the game’s release date. In other words, you’ll have online play and black phantom invasions at least until April 6, 2010.


The Demon’s Souls servers in Asia have been online for over six months. The game came out there in February. Atlus and Sony made fresh Demon’s Souls servers for North America, which are pretty barren at the moment.


Here’s a look at some of the monsters you’ll face on the North American servers come October 6.


Update: Just a clarification, Atlus has not announced a close date for the servers. The policy states the North American servers will be online until at least April 6, 2010. The servers in Asia have been online for over six months so its likely that Atlus’ servers will exceed the minimum.

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  • dork

    I can’t wait to double dip this game!

    This time I won’t pick the hardest class.

  • Divals

    At the rate I play, it sounds like the servers could be going down when I’m about halfway through the game.

    …remind me why I buy online games again?

  • Ereek

    For some of those who bought the Asian version and were on the fence about getting the North American version, I think this will be what solidifies their answer as “no.” This is the type of game that you can play for more than 6 months, much like Monster Hunter.

    Still, it’s not as if the game is unplayable without the Online.

    • ElTopo

      Its not as if the servers won’t be up for less then 6 months either. There’s no set date, and I’m sure Atlus will keep them up for a year+ at least.

      And yeah this is another trend I have with games that focus too much on online gameplay, which is inherently limited in scope to a few years at most because of the need for servers.

  • Akimitsu

    Yeah, the game is still playable even without online and I’m sure the community will put together an extensive amount of info (there is a lot now) that might make the hint system a bit obsolete in the long run. Still, though, it doesn’t help with sales for some people if they only keep the servers up for that long, as this is definitely a game that will be played for that long (or longer).

  • thebanditking

    Online is cool for those who like it but I personally only am interested in this game for the single player. Anyone got tips for what character class I should pick?

    • malek86

      Difficult to say. Every class has its advantages. At the beginning a melee character may seem more powerful, but as time goes by, a mage will be overall stronger against many bosses. Still, even a melee chara can clear the game with ease if they know what they’re doing.

      I’d go for personal preferences. For example, I’ve always liked pole weapons, so I went for a templar (because he starts with an halberd, which I also kept upgrading through the whole game). If you usually prefer a particular kind of character in action games, go for that one.

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