After eight years, the servers for Demon’s Souls will be shut down. This means no more idiots coming into your world to make things harder for you. It also means no more blood stain messages, help from other players, or trading.
The announcement was made on Twitter today. The servers will permanently die on February 28th, 2018. You will still be able to
endlessly die play the game after that time, but any social or online aspects are gone.
On Atlus’ blog, they have a short farewell message about the game that spawned an entire genre devoted to making gamers cry and swear. Members of the team mention some of their favorite moments like the following:
“Blighttown was the not-so-fond memory for me, haha. On top of an already difficult game, I had to worry about poison? And it wasn’t like you could just cure the poison, ‘cuz that area was just nothing but poison and you’ll get re-poisoned immediately. There was no getting around the poison. Did I mention the poison?” – Daryl Le, Quality Assurance
It is the end of an era, but we all know that servers shut down eventually. To be fair, eight years is a long time to keep them going. If you want to play with these features, you can probably pick up a copy for a reasonable sum. Whether you can beat it before then is another matter.