The Demon's Souls remake is out now on PS5, but will it ever come to PC? When it was first announced, prospects seemed bright, but Sony quickly walked back what appeared to be a PC announcement and we've had no confirmation that it's coming since. Despite trending toward more PC releases of its exclusives, Sony is holding firm that the stealth announcing of Demon's Souls PC version, via some small text on its trailer, was a mistake.
That said, it's an odd mistake to make for a company that recently stated its enthusiasm for PC releases. But if it really was an innocent mistake, we're not convinced this is the last we'll ever hear of Demon's Souls.
Here's everything we know about the Demon's Souls remake while we wait to find out if we'll be graced with a PC port.
Sony says Demon's Souls PC announcement was 'human error'
PC fans were delightfully surprised to see a message at the very end of the new Demon's Souls trailer that promised it's "Also available on PC." It didn't take long for the trailer to be pulled off PlayStation's official YouTube channel. Later, Sony clarified to PC Gamer that the PC message at the end of the trailer was "human error" and that Demon's Souls would be a PlayStation 5 exclusive.
When asked if Demon's Souls would ever release on PC, Sony declined to elaborate further. It seems like Sony may be keeping the door open to a PC version, but wants everyone to be excited about its new console right now. Even if there really are zero PC plans right now, that could always change.
Check out these gorgeous Demon's Souls trailers
The gameplay trailer shown off during September's PS5 showcase was a beautiful demonstration of how Demon's Souls will look and play on the PS5. It's looking pretty amazing, so it's even more disappointing that Sony retracted the PC announcement.
A version uploaded by Gamespot still shows the PC announcement at the end, despite Sony removing the trailer from its official channels and reuploading it with the message removed. It was real! We definitely didn't imagine it.
Here's another gameplay trailer showing boss fights with the Armor Spider and Flamelurker with a bit of exploration in between.
Demon's Souls is giving us a spot of console envy
Wes spent time reviewing the PS5 as a PC gamer and is feeling envious over the Demon's Souls remake. "The Demon's Souls remake isn't just a prettier version of a unique RPG," he says. "The lighting adds so much to the atmosphere, making it more foreboding to inch forward through the darkness. Whatever bit of ambiance the remake loses from tweaked architecture it gains back in the awe of looking up at an imposing castle of this fidelity. And the heart of the Souls games has always been how they balance lonely exploration with the camaraderie of other players' messages, ghosts, and summons. This release offers Demon's Souls the opportunity to come alive again with millions of new players."
The Demon's Souls remake secret door has been opened
Folks do love a good easter egg and it seems that Bluepoint has added one to their Demon's Souls remake. Players quickly noticed a new, mysterious door that wasn't in the original game. Through some photo mode trickery they've discovered there's an item inside but unlocking it is still a mystery.
After days of dedicated players trying to work out what's on the other side, streamer Distortion2 finally cracked the case. The secret isn't quite as exciting as fans imagined, but it's a cool addition nonetheless.
There's a mysterious new door in the Demon's Souls Remake, and no one knows how to open it👀https://t.co/TdpHLuIRsR pic.twitter.com/MwYjcNy7edNovember 14, 2020
Sony has said it's exploring more PC ports
What makes Sony's slip-up more perplexing is that, as recently as August 2020, the company expressed interest in more PC ports of its console exclusives. "We will explore expanding our 1st party titles to the PC platform in order to promote further growth in our profitability," Sony's 2020 corporate report states.
Sony's first big plunge into the PC was Horizon: Zero Dawn's port released in August. We've also gotten solid hints that a PC version of The Last of Us 2 is in the works, and Media Molecule has openly stated that Dreams will someday come to PC. Suffice to say, it seems like nothing is off the table for Sony, so it's disappointing that the company is being cagey about Demon's Souls.
The game would almost certainly be a smash success on PC, too. That might be the case for any of Sony's first-party games, but we have ample evidence that From Software's RPGs are hugely popular. The first Dark Souls alone sold millions of copies on PC, and the series has only gotten bigger since.
Why didn't Demon's Souls ever come to PC, anyway?
Unlike the Dark Souls series, which is fully developed by From Software and published by Bandai Namco, Demon's Souls was a collaboration between From Software and Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Studio. Sony, presumably, owns the intellectual property, and until very recently, hasn't released any of its games on PC. Bloodborne is a PS4-exclusive for the same reason.
This new version of Demon's Souls is being developed by Bluepoint Games, seemingly without From Software's collaboration. Even if the remake never gets a PC port, you can at least play the original via emulation, with greatly improved resolution and framerate.
If it does come to PC, it might cost $70
That's the price of the PS5 version, anyway. Companies have slowly been dipping their toes into a $70 price for new games, so this might be the end of the $60 standard. Hopefully PC games will still get a slight discount in some cases, but regardless, there's always the next Steam sale.