The creator behind the Souls franchise has suggested that a remastered version of Demon’s Souls is still possible under Sony’s watch.
Speaking during an interview with GameSpot, Hidetaka Miyazaki took the opportunity to clarify his previous comments on the chances of a remaster, stating it’s entirely down to Sony if it will happen.
“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,” said Miyazaki-san. “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. For me and for From Software, I don’t think we’ll be involved with their happening, but it could happen through another developer.”
Demon’s Souls was released on the PlayStation 3 back in 2009, and became a cult hit among hardcore gamers. The game’s enduring popularity ensured that its online servers were kept open far longer than anticipated, and the title eventually went on to sell over 1.7 million copies globally.
The game’s success lead to the spiritual successor Dark Souls in 2011, which kick-started a massively successful franchise that achieved critical and commercial success following the release of Dark Souls II (2014) and Dark Souls III (2016).
To date, the Souls series has shipped over 13 million copies worldwide, although Miyazaki-san has indicated that he wants to move on from the series going forward. As such, the team at From Software is already hard at work on a brand new IP for PS4.