All the developers and publishers are up to it these days: remastering old games for new platforms for some more pocket money. I’ve made my feelings known about remasters before, but I am all for remasters and updates that breathe new life into games that might not have aged well or that never had a proper look the first time around.
Although it’s by no means an Indie Cindy, Demon’s Souls was a game that slipped many by upon initial release. The precursor to the global phenomenon we know as Dark Souls, Demon’s was critically loved and developed a strong cult following in the West.
With the remastering craze in full swing, should Demon’s Souls receive the spit polish it might need to cement its legacy? I would say yes, but game director Hidetaka Miyazaki doesn’t want to touch it, despite what some publications have been running with:
“It seems like there was a misunderstanding in a previous interview in relation to a remake or a remastering of the game, so let me reiterate here. The Dark Souls series is Bandai Namco Entertainment’s IP, and Demon’s Souls and Bloodborne is Sony Interactive Entertainment’s IP. Hence, the decision to do a remake or remastering is under their jurisdiction.”
In the same interview with Gamespot, Miyazaki reiterated that he doesn’t want From Software to be involved, and they might not be asked anyway:
“For me and for From Software, I don’t think we’ll be involved with their happening, but it could happen through another developer.”
So, if we want to see a Demon’s Souls remaster, we might just have to ask Sony really nicely. It’s good to see that From aren’t getting stuck in a Souls rut, though. Here’s hoping their next series is all sunshine and smiles, though we all know that it will be torturous and mentally scarring.
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