Good news for fans of hardcore rogue-like Demon’s Souls, as last Friday ATLUS announced that they were going to cancel their plans to shut down their North American servers at the end of the month. Originally slated to shut down during the final hours of May 31, 2012, it seems the servers for the three-year old title will now operate into “the foreseeable future.”
In a press release, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for ATLUS Tim Pivnicny stated, “We’re incredibly excited to be able to announce that the Demon’s Souls online experience will persist for a while longer. While it originally seemed as though it would be unfeasible for us to continue to sustain the servers, a number of developments have made it possible for us to continue to invest in and support our fans as they have continued to invest in and support us and Demon’s Souls. For all the gamers who have yet to discover the game’s amazing online experience, we’re happy to say you can still log on and find out why Demon’s Souls is still regarded by many as one of the finest games of all time.”
The announcement coming in the final hour like this has caused some to cry about the stench of a PR move, a quick note to remind people that Demon’s Souls is still out there for purchase. More likely, though, the move was both a reaction to the increased usage from players trying to get their last kicks in online before the servers shut down, as well as a sales evaluation, since it is likely to assume that sales of the PlayStation 3 Greatest Hits title would likely plummet when consumers realized that the lack of online support would make it a less appealing purchase.