There’s a new generation of consoles just around the corner, and one of them’s even got a launch game. It’s a pretty damn compelling one too – Bluepoint Games’ collaboration with Sony’s Japan Studio to remake the iconic and much-loved Demon’s Souls is one of the most exciting propositions on the PlayStation 5 slate, and to have it there on day one gives the console one hell of a push. But… There’s something slightly awry about all this.
Like many of you, I’m sure, I first picked up Demon’s Souls having read about it on these very pages thanks to Keza Macdonald’s incredible review. What a thing the PS3 original was – enigmatic, unforgiving and totally unputdownable. And so began a love affair with From Software’s series that’s continued to this day.
This isn’t From Software’s Demon’s Souls, though. From its first reveal it’s been obvious that, while the fundamentals are the same, this is a radical makeover. There’s a broader, less repressive palette, everything’s that little bit shinier and – oh my god what’s this – they’ve changed the ‘You Died’ typeface. WHAT?