Demon’s Souls is the cult RPG action-adventure game created by the relatively unknown ‘From Software’ company. The basic idea of the game is that you create a character at the start (naming them what you want) out of one of the basic 10 classes (such as ‘warrior’, ‘soldier’, ‘barbarian’ and so on) and you must fight your way through a world that has become overtaken by evil.
Demon’s Souls was never planned for a European (or even North American) release, but such was the popularity of the game and the overwhelming demands of the fans that Atlus (the game’s publisher) couldn’t refuse. Since the game is ‘region free’, this was not a problem (region free means that it can be played in any region of the world on any kind of PlayStation 3 console).
To put this into context, literally tens of thousands of units of Demon’s Souls were imported from China to the Western world because it was the only way that fans of the game could get their hands on it. The game’s popularity has increased through word of mouth over the internet (and through some excellent reviews from the top gaming sites), since no formal advertising has been done by the game’s developers.
Now, almost a year and a half after the Asian launch of the game a European release date has been set (the 26th of June 2010). It seems that this European launch of the game will offer something a bit different than the ‘regular’ version, since fans will be given a free strategy guide and a book full of artwork from the game.
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