Atlus Nabs US Publishing Rights for PS3 RPG Demon’s Souls

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From Software’s PS3-exclusive hardcore action-RPG Demon’s Souls is officially bound for western shores later this year, with Atlus USA today proudly staking claim to the game’s North American publishing rights.

As the spiritual successor to the King’s Field series, Demon’s Souls is an open-ended action-RPG promising to test the skills and patience of even the most hardcore of dungeon crawlers with its relentless monsters and intense difficulty. Demon’s Souls is also highly touted for its innovative online multiplayer mode which goes far beyond standard co-op. The game will support three-player co-op, in addition to neat new features like the ability to leave hints for players who may follow in your footsteps, an option to watch death replays of other adventurers who came before you, and a PvP component that enables an opposing player to “invade” another player’s campaign.

Demon’s Souls is scheduled to launch in North America this fall. Look after the break for more game info and screenshots.

About Demon’s Souls

King Allant the XII, the last king of Boletaria, searched tirelessly to expand his might. The Nexus, a great ice shrine nestled in the mountains, bestowed the power of the souls onto him, bringing prosperity to his kingdom. Still unsated, he returned again to the Nexus, where he foolishly awakened the Old One from its eternal slumber. This long forgotten evil, now wrought upon Boletaria, plunged the realm into darkness and fog. A mighty demon horde poured into the kingdom, devouring the souls of men.

Champions from other realms learned of Boletaria’s fate and sought to deliver the kingdom from evil; none would return from the cursed land. Called upon by a mysterious maiden in black, you go forth, the last hope for humanity in a place lost to demons and darkness…

Key Features

* Ultimate hardcore RPG challenge — In this brutal land, death is inevitable, but not final. Combining the best features of an action game and RPG, you’ll slice, smash, shoot, and ensorcel some of the most horrible, vicious enemies ever encountered. Are you strong enough to face the impossible and win?

* Groundbreaking online capabilities — Network features go far beyond any previous RPG, allowing players to leave hints for each other, replay death scenes, cooperatively revive dead players, or invade another player’s game to wreak havoc. Not merely an add-on feature, multiplayer options are vast, and uniquely focused on changing and intensifying the single player experience.

* Freeform and flexible — The open-ended structure of the game means that there is no single path, but rather a wealth of options. Set your own pace and progress as you like. Build exactly the character you want by creating a detailed avatar, nurturing the right stats, and customizing your skills and equipment.

* You act, the world reacts — The World Tendency system changes the aggressiveness of monsters and the rewards for killing them based on players’ actions. Different events and NPCs may be triggered, as well.

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