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kofxiiiDigital Release:PlayStation 3
August 07, 2012 (AU, EU, JP, US)

Xbox 360
August 07, 2012 (AU, EU, KO, JP, US)

September 13, 2013
Delisting (approx):
Relisting (approx):
After April 2017

No later than January 23, 2018
Developer:SNK Corporation
Publisher:Atlus (North America)
Rising Star Games (Europe)
SNK Corporation (Japan, Steam)
Available On:PlayStation 3 (AU, EU, JP, US)
Xbox 360 Games on Demand (AU, EU, JP, US)
Retail (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) page
PlayStation Store page
SteamDB page

Demon's Souls Online Services to shut down February 28, 2018

Atlus announced via a post and tweet today that online services for 2009’s Demon’s Souls on PlayStation 3 will be terminated on February 28th, 2018. For many games that would mean losing a simple leaderboard feature or a separate multiplayer mode but for the Souls games, online functionality is woven into the experience. Polygon’s news post sums it up quite nicely, pointing out that:

It will mean an end to online cooperative and competitive multiplayer, the ability to write and read messages from other players, and the ability to see other players’ deaths and their wandering illusions. That will also impact the game’s inventive Old Monk boss battle, which attempts to summon another player to the player’s world, and its World Tendency features.

Atlus’ official statement goes on to confirm that the game will remain “fully playable”, though the complete Demon’s Souls experience as it was designed will be lost after February 2018. The news serves as advanced warning for fans of the rest of the Souls series: Dark Souls 1, 2, 3, and the off-shoot title, Bloodborne, all have similar online functionality that will also be turned off one day.

For now Demon’s Souls’ termination date has been added to the Watch List calendar.

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Delisting:Exact or Approximate date of delisting
Available On:Anywhere it may still be available
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UPDATE July 6th, 2016:
Sega of America and Atlus USA announced today a new partnership with Deep Silver who will publish “the wide array of future titles for both physical and digital” in European and PAL territories. The wording is very future-forward however and PR copy goes out of its way to say “the past is the past”. The fate of Dragon’s Crown and other NISA releases in Europe remains uncertain but details of this alliance are still being divulged. The original post follows.

NIS America’s European releases have been on the chopping block since this past April and it looks like the axe has fallen first on Dragon’s Crown. The game was recently included in Sony Europe’s “Big in Japan” sale but reddit users soon discovered that the link to buy the game turned up an error. Word from NIS America’s European Twitter account initially stated that “our license expired for Dragon’s Crown and we were forced to remove it from the PSN store” but the tweet has since been removed and replaced.

We sincerely apologize for the previous misinformation about Dragon’s Crown on EU PSN.  We have more information forthcoming,” reads NIS America’s current statement. Direct replies to frustrated gamers urge them to contact Atlus. Some hours later, an Atlus rep told Eurogamer that they were looking at ways to get Dragon’s Crown reinstated but have no timetable to announce.

While NISA has long been the distributor of Atlus’s titles in Europe, the company was cut out of the loop when Sega acquired Atlus this Spring. Sega has since taken over distribution of Atlus titles in North America but neither company has announced any kind of support for other Western territories.

Dragon’s Crown may return to the PlayStation Store soon but now may be an opportune time to snap up some of NISA’s other European titles just in case they’re next to get the axe. Fortunately there’s a sale on and it includes practically all of NISA’s titles like Akiba’s Trip, Arcana Heart 3, Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters and Hyperdimension Neptunia.

I’m definitely keeping an eye on these releases once the “Big in Japan” sale is over on July 13th. A lot of games have disappeared shortly after being put on sale and Dragon’s Crown may have been an early tip-off that more delistings are coming.