Demon’s Souls servers finally go dark on May 31

Yeah, the whole game is pretty much like this.

When Atlus published Demon’s Souls in October 2009, few expected the game’s blend of gorgeous graphics and incredibly difficult dungeon crawling gameplay to become a runaway hit, but the game immediately struck a chord with hardcore gamers for whom modern fantasy games are simply too easy. Critics adored the game’s brash, take-no-prisoners attitude, while players loved that they finally had a game that “realistically” depicted the harsh reality of a single human fighting endless legions of eldritch horrors. For the past two years Demon’s Souls (and its more recent spiritual sequel Dark Souls) has been the high water mark for truly dedicated (or masochistic) gamers looking for a real challenge.

As with all good things however, that’s about to come to an end.

On Thursday, Atlus issued a press release stating that the PlayStation 3 game’s servers would be taken offline at midnight on May 31. Though players will still be able to experience the game’s sizable offline content, the lack of functional servers will render the game’s online feature set (which includes periodic shifts in global monster strength, the ability to leave in-game hints for other players, and rare instances in which the game’s loot drops become incredibly lucrative) non-functional.

Fans of the game will recall that this is not the first time Atlus has promised to shutter Demon’s Souls servers. The publisher had originally planned to drop online support in October of 2011, but thanks to unexpected fan outcry, the company postponed the closure by seven months. Those hoping for a similar extension this time however, will be saddened to hear that Atlus is unwilling to offer a second extension. “Regretfully, there are no developments that would alter the current plan for the servers to shut down at the end of May 31,” an Atlus representative wrote on the company’s official Twitter account.

Though this news is depressing for those who have grown to love the unexpected hit, fans still have options. As stated above, the game’s offline content will remain available to anyone who owns a PS3 and a copy of the game, and those desperate for online perks can always pick up a copy of Dark Souls on either Sony’s console, the Xbox 360 or in its upcoming, enhanced PC iteration. It’s not an exact sequel per se, but the gameplay basics and insane difficulty level remain intact.

Gaming

‘Kingdom Hearts III’ out in the wild, director asks for support to stop spoilers

Kingdom Hearts III has been leaked, with several copies of the game out in the wild. The game's director, Tetsuya Nomura, responded to the situation, calling for help from gamers to stop spoilers from spreading online.
Gaming

You're not a true fan without these Nintendo Switch exclusives

Who doesn't love a good Nintendo game? If you're looking for great first-party titles for your Nintendo Switch, take a look at our list of the very best exclusives available right now.
Gaming

Apple Mac users should take a bite out of these awesome games

Contrary to popular belief, there exists a bevy of popular A-list games compatible for Mac computers. Take a look at our picks for the best Mac games available for Apple fans.
Gaming

Relive Nintendo’s handheld golden age with the 25 best Game Boy Advance games

The Game Boy Advance was the swan song of the Game Boy era. It also happened to have a boatload of amazing games. We decided to countdown our 25 favorite GBA games. Check it out and let us know your favorites in the comments below!
Gaming

Want to share your Xbox One games? Here's how to do it

Sharing games on modern consoles is possible, but it takes a few steps. Here's how to start sharing games on your Xbox One console, so friends and family can easily access your library.
Gaming

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in 'Destiny 2: Forsaken'

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.
Gaming

‘Fortnite’ removes the Infinity Blade weapon after player backlash

Following player backlash over the Infinity Blade weapon's inclusion in Fortnite's battle royale mode, Epic Games decided to remove the weapon from the game completely. It was not limited to a special mode.
Gaming

Want every suit in 'Marvel's Spider-Man' for PS4? Here's how to get them all

Marvel's Spider-Man features a whopping 33 different suits for Peter Parker to wear as he swings across New York City knocking out baddies. Here are all the suits and how to unlock them.
Gaming

Everything about 'Red Dead Online', including its new microtransaction store

Red Dead Online will gradually rolled out to Red Dead Redemption 2 players via a beta. We've got all the details about the beta's suite of competitive and cooperative modes, as well as what to expect going forward.
Computing

HDR monitors are beginning to have an impact. Here are the best you can buy

HDR isn't the most common of PC monitor features and is often charged at a premium, but the list of available options is growing. These are the best HDR monitors you can buy right now.
Virtual Reality

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: Prices drop, but our favorite stays the same

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are the two big names in the virtual reality arena, but most people can only afford one. Our comparison tells you which is best when you pit the Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive.
Gaming

Xbox One X vs. PS4 Pro: Which console is more powerful?

Far from cooling down, the console wars are only getting more intense. We compare Microsoft's Xbox One X to Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro to help you decide which premium console is right for you.
Gaming

Find the perfect weapon in 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' multiplayer with our guide

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has several different guns to choose from in its multiplayer mode, and they're split across multiple classes. Here's a guide to all of them and when you should use them.
Gaming

New ‘Stardew Valley’ content on the way, as game’s maker freezes next project

Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone said that he will continue working on new content for the indie farming simulator. The developer previously said that he will devote all his time to his next game, but that has been placed on hold for now.