Sony’s President Wants More Demon’s Souls

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

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Demon's Souls

From Software has been making waves in the game industry lately. The sequel to their highly successful Dark Souls title was just showcased at this year’s E3. But there is at least one fan who wants more then just a sequel to the Dark Souls series. Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida told reporters today that he is hoping From Software will come back and add a new game to their Demon’s Souls franchise.

Describing himself as a big fan of From Software, Yoshida explained how much he loved Demon’s Souls and how Sony “dropped the ball” when it passed on publishing Demon’s Souls in North America and Europe. This decision came back to hurt Sony when Demon’s Souls became a sleeper hit in the West- after Atlus and Namco Bandai published it instead. Since then, Namco Bandai has published Demon’s Souls spiritual successor Dark Souls.

Sony still owns the rights to the Demon’s Souls IP. When asked about Sony’s relationship with From Software, and if there were plans to work with the developer again, Yoshida had quite a bit to say:

“We have been great partners with From Software from the very beginning of PlayStation, I was actually the account manager of them when we launched PS one in Japan. I worked directly with [Naotoshi Zin], president of From, when they were entering into video game development. We have a long history of working as platform holder, developer and publisher in the case of Demon’s Souls. We love them.”

However, Yoshida was not as vocal when asked if Demon’s Souls could join series like Killzone, Gran Turismo and Uncharted as a multi-PlayStation platform – and if Sony would consider developing a sequel without From Software as the primary developer.

“That’s a great question, but because of the attention that will get, I choose not to answer, but personally, I love Demon’s Souls. I spent hours and hours and hours [playing it].” 

He also added:

“I love the team, I love the game and yeah, I’d really like to see more. But that’s all that I will say.”

So can we expect a Demon’s Souls 2 in the future? One that may not even be developed by From Software? We will just have to wait and see if a Sony/From Software partnership can really bloom.

Dark Souls 2 is the latest title being developed by From Software. It will be available on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 in March of 2014.


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  • Nicholas Perry

    Demon’s Souls 2 would be pretty cool. I liked the hub world style of the game.

    But i’d rather it be able to be released on platforms like PC too. So could potentially play the game with better AA and resolution if it didn’t have those on console version.

    • riesza

      I think they will want to keep this PS4 exclusive for themselves.

    • Nicholas Perry

      Well if they did though that’d fine too.

      If they can use the same AA method they use in Knack (Which is very very good looking) then i’d be pretty happy.

      Sony is rumoring to be developing something called TMAA and I have to guess what is being used with Knack. Because it’s the most temporally stable form of AA i’ve seen since SGSSAA.

    • Johnson Cameron

      Agreed, this would be a solid pickup for Sony as an exclusive and will help Sony have more variety than they usually have. Plus the good news is, Demons Souls definitely has a huge cult following.

  • James Best

    I thought Dark Souls was pretty much a sequel to Demon Souls in all but name. I’m confused. What’s the difference between the two titles?

    • vitalemrecords

      The difference is that Sony wants the money.

    • chip

      Different story, everyone calls it a “spiritual successor” not a direct sequel. Dark Souls 2 will have direct connection with Dark souls 1 in terms of plot thus it will be a direct sequeal. whereas the only connections between demon souls and dark souls were combat, souls as both currency/xp, and really not much else (some unimportant npc characters and monsters, i guess)

  • vitalemrecords

    From Software should take this opportunity to say “Ok, Demon’s Souls 2 – but let’s also make a high def – over the shoulder version of King’s Field 1, 2, 3 and the PS2 one” Maybe even throw in Shadow Tower. The only thing that makes me not like playing those ones is the first person perspective. Make them just like Demon’s Souls and I’d be all over that.

  • Come on now

    What the hell? Dark Souls is the sequel to Demon’s Souls. Just because they didn’t put a number on the end they’re suddenly different franchises?

    Keep Sony away please.

    • Jason

      As said above Dark Souls is not a sequel to Demon Souls. Certainly not in the same world. A sequel would be great, and its nice to the see the president of Sony pushing for games like this, despite the fact that its not “mainstream”.

  • タイガー&ドラゴン

    I’ve played both and I don’t consider Dark Souls a sequel. Sure it has similarities, but it’s not a sequel. I’d welcome Demon Souls 2, as I prefer it over Dark. Both great games though.