Demons Souls DragonSource: Sony Interactive Entertainment (screenshot)

For years, there's been a lot of speculation as to exactly what Bluepoint Games, the studio behind several successful remasters and remakes, was working on. That mystery has ended, as during a Sony games showcase showcase, it was revealed that Bluepoint Games and Japan Studios are working on a remake of FromSoftware's Demon's Souls, modernizing this Gothic title for the PS5.

This is no mere remaster, with everything being rebuilt from the ground up to take advantage of a new generation's hardware. Here's everything you need to know about this remake of Demon's Souls for the PS5.

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The remake

Demon's Souls

The one that started it all

If you like Souls-like then you have Demon's Souls to thank. If you want to play this cult classic, you soon will be able to thanks to a PS5 remaster launching with the console. It's available for pre-order now.

What is Demon's Souls?

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Demon's Souls is a game originally developed by FromSoftware for the PS3. A colorless fog has overtaken the kingdom of Boletaria, and a lone warrior makes their way inside, finding the realm overtaken by powerful demons that feast upon souls to grow in power. This lone warrior must defeat the demons and with the help of the Maiden in Black, use their power to grow stronger and save Boletaria. Yet there is a greater threat lurking...

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Released in 2009, it became a cult classic, garnering enough fans that FromSoftware next developed Dark Souls, a multiplatform spiritual successor. FromSoftware has gone on to develop multiple titles that all feature an absolute spectacle of bosses and crushing difficulty.

As such, Demon's Souls can, to an extent, be viewed as the precursor to the entire "Souls" genre of games. While Demon's Souls never received a direct sequel, FromSoftware did collaborate with Sony-owned Japan Studio to develop Bloodborne.

Demon's Souls PS5 gameplay and features

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The remake of Demon's Souls on PS5 will presumably play much like the original game, with melee, ranged, and magical combat all available. Bluepoint Games is fixing some of the technical problems like bugs and altering the weight of healing items like rare grasses. The World Tendency system is returning and the sixth Archstone has not been restored.

Some gameplay has been shown for Demon's Souls which looks fairly close to the original game, though with far greater visual detail while running at 60 FPS. You can find this gameplay trailer in the next section.

  • The now-edited trailer description originally mentioned an optional Fractured Mode.
  • Demon's Souls on PS5 is using ray-tracing according to PlayStation Blog.
  • Players will be able to choose between two modes: one focusing on graphics at 4K 30 FPS, the other on frame rate at dynamic 4K 60 FPS.
  • A now-deleted listing confirmed that multiplayer is returning. This was then re-confirmed with the official description for the game.
  • You can see the final boxart for the game below, which is quite different from the original, which is also shown for comparison.

Demons Souls Ps5 BoxartDemons Souls Ps3 ArtworkSource: Sony

Demon's Souls PS5 trailers

You can check out the reveal trailer for Demon's Souls on PS5 below:

You can also see the gameplay trailer from the PS5 games showcase in September 2020 below.

Is Demon's Souls a PS5 exclusive?

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Yes, Demon's Souls is being remade by Bluepoint Games exclusively for the PS5. By not releasing on the PS4, Bluepoint Games can focus on and take full advantage of the PS5's advanced tech. This allows for features like ray-tracing, at least to some extent. Players will also be able to choose between a mode targeting better graphics and a mode focusing on a higher framerate.

Does Demon's Souls have multiplayer on the PS5?

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The original game had both co-op and PvP multiplayer. This unique multiplayer, which involved summoning or invading other players' worlds, went on to be featured in the Dark Souls games and in Bloodborne. Multiplayer was confirmed for the Demon's Souls PS5 remake via a now-deleted listing and through the PlayStation Direct page. It supports up to six players online, which will likely borrow a page from Dark Souls 3, allowing a host to summon three players in co-op and be invaded by two other players.

Demon's Souls PS5 comparison pictures

To showcase the kinds of improvements this remake will bring, you can see a comparison of the Vanguard demon below, with the PS3 game on the left and the upcoming PS5 version on the right.

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You can also see a comparison of the Tower Knight boss fight, which also gives insight into how Bluepoint is reimagining the environments.

Demons Souls Tower Knight PsDemons Souls Tower KnightSource: Boss Fight Database (screenshot) and Sony (screenshot)

Is there a Demon's Souls PS5 collector's edition?

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Unfortunately, there is not a collector's edition of the game or a special physical edition. There is a $90 digital deluxe edition that includes the soundtrack and some bonus items. Here's the full list of everything included with Demon's Souls Digital Deluxe edition:

  • Full game
  • Legendary Hero Soul
  • Renowned Warrior Soul
  • Storied Warrior Soul
  • Red-Eye Knight Armor
  • Boletarian Royalty Armor
  • Ritual Blade
  • Hoplite Shield
  • Ring of Longevity
  • Preservation Grains
  • Phosphorescent Grains
  • Bearbug Grains
  • Large Hardstone Shard
  • Moonlightstone Shard
  • Original soundtrack

Demon's Souls PS5 release date

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Demon's Souls is confirmed to be a launch title for the PS5. The PS5 is releasing on Nov. 12, 2020 in the U.S. and a few other countries, with a worldwide release on Nov. 19. With a beautiful new presentation and attention to detail from Bluepoint Games and Japan Studio, it will likely end up being one of the best PS5 launch games.

The remake

Demon's Souls

The one that started it all

If you like Souls-like then you have Demon's Souls to thank. If you want to play this cult classic, you soon will be able to thanks to a PS5 remaster launching with the console. It's available for pre-order now.

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