Though it’s by no means set in stone, the long-awaited Demon’s Souls remake could be a PlayStation 5 launch title. The game was rated on August 13 by Korea’s Game Rating and Administration Committee. The rating was first seen on August 20 by Gematsu, which shared the information on Twitter.
— Gematsu (@gematsucom) August 20, 2020
Gematsu pointed out that Spider-Man: Miles Morales is “the only other PS5 title rated in Korea so far.” We know that Miles Morales is currently set to release with the console this holiday season.
The Nintendo Switch versions of the XCOM 2 Collection and Catherine: Full Body were rated in Korea in February. The XCOM 2 Collection was released in May, while Catherine: Full Body was released in July, three and five months ahead of release. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition was also rated in Korea in February and released in May.
Gematsu also shared a rundown of PlayStation 4 games that had been rated close to their release:
- Days Gone
- Death Stranding
- Ghost of Tsushima
- Horizon: Zero Dawn
- HZD: Complete Edition
- The Last of Us 2
- Predator: Hunting Grounds
All of those games were rated between one and three months before launch. Considering Catherine: Full Body the outlier, those time frames would line up with a November for the Demon’s Souls remake, around the time many believe the PS5 will hit store shelves.
Of course, we should certainly take all of this news and conjecture with a massive grain of salt. Nothing’s certain until Sony or developer Bluepoint Games says otherwise.
The Demon’s Souls remake was first revealed during Sony’s Future of Gaming event back in June. Built from the ground up (as it should be) for the PlayStation 5, the already-gorgeous 4K remake breathes new life into the classic ARPG that kicked off the Souls-like craze.
According to the PlayStation Blog, it features “two graphics modes.” Players can switch between if they favor graphics or performance. The game will also take advantage of the PS5’s ray tracing capabilities.
Demon’s Souls initially released for the PlayStation 3 in Japan on February 5, 2009, and in North America on October 6, 2009. In that time, the game has made its way to PC; a current version of that emulated port hits modern graphics and FPS benchmarks. It has also been reimagined as a Game Boy Classic game by Christopher Pariano, among many, many other things.
Patient fans have clamored for a Demon’s Souls remake for almost a decade. Finally, the time is upon us for that dream to bloom into fruition. Perhaps it will be sooner rather than later. We’ll have to wait and see.
[Sources: Gematsu, PlayStation Blog]