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Sony Admits they messed up with Dark Souls/Demon’s Souls

| February 11, 2012

Sony Admits they messed up with Dark Souls/Demon's Souls News PlayStation  Demon's Souls Dark Souls

Dark Souls was one of the better games released in 2011 according to most critics, but did you know that Dark Souls was more or less the sequel to a Sony led exclusive called Demon’s Souls, which Sony abandoned before bringing it outside of Japan.

In a recent interview with Game Informer, Shuhei Yoshida explained simply “We underestimated the quality of the game,” Yoshida explained when talking about the decision to defer publishing rights to Atlus. “When it was close to final I spent close to two hours playing it and after two hours I was still standing at the beginning of the game. I said, “This is crap. This is an unbelievably bad game, so I put it aside.”

Demon’s Souls made a name for itself by being one of the hardest games of this generation, and one that was seemingly developed for that specific purpose. As it turns out, players were up for the challenge, and welcomed it with open arms.

“We definitely dropped the ball from a publishing standpoint, including studio management side. We were not able to see the value of the product we were making,” Yoshida explained.

The executive affirmed their mistake and hopes that they’ll never make such a blunder again.

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  • Tinhamodic

    Want to make money Sony? Port over Demon’s Souls to PC, you got nothing to lose and a lot to gain.

    • Sunny0

      PC Begging Race

    • Rangerman15

      Or just, you know, play Dark Souls instead.

  • joetheinformed2

    The Dark Souls series is the best series out there. The others are little kids games compared to it.

  • AuralVirus

    Happens time & time again.
    Big publisher/dev’s thought isometric rpg adventures were dead – enter crowd funding and Wasteland 2, Pillar of Eternity, Divinity Original Sin. Same with turn based strategies then XCom proved that train of thought wrong, same with Point & Click adventures, Walking Dead, Double Fine etc and the best of all, that other massive mis step big the big pubs – Space Adventures such as Elite, No Mans Sky and Star citizen proving what was once thought a dead genre to be far from it.

  • Fred Sandford

    Their biggest mistake was letting From Software slightly modify the title and releasing it cross-platform. Sony owns the trademark for Demon’s Souls, and all 3 of the souls games (maybe even including Bloodborne) should have remained exclusive.

  • Supremo Lagarto

    Demon Souls was not a good game compared to Dark Souls, so the impression they had is totally understandable.

    • Rangerman15

      Except the game was actually good. Hell, there are even fans that finds the game probably more memorable than Dark Souls and Bloodborne. Also, the game was critically acclaimed and it was even ranked #1 on Famitsu’s Greatest PS3 Games of All Time.

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