The Souls series is tightly linked to Sony consoles. Even though all three Dark Souls games have landed on Microsoft consoles and the PC, and Dark Souls Remastered is also making its way to the Switch, there hasn’t been a game in this loosely-defined franchise that didn’t make it to either the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4. Both Demon’s Souls and Bloodborne remain Sony exclusives, but Demon’s Souls remains locked to the PlayStation 3. Fortunately, recent rumors suggest that Demon’s Souls will be remade by Bluepoint Games. If this is true, it means all five Souls games (four if you don’t include Bloodborne, which technically isn’t a Souls game) will be available on the PlayStation 4 and that’s an exciting prospect. Let’s go over how each of these games have hit Sony’s current generation juggernaut in gory, sadistic style.
Though it’s only a rumor at this point, don’t be surprised if Bluepoint Games truly does end up remaking Demon’s Souls from the ground up. Most recently, they finished up the stellar remake of Shadow of the Colossus for the PlayStation 4. They’ve confirmed that their next game is another remake, but because their art and design teams have recently grown exponentially, they’re in a great position to tackle something as lengthy and complex as Demon’s Souls. They’ve done simple remasters in the past, like Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Gravity Rush Remastered for the PlayStation 4, but now they’re on track to continue working on larger projects.
The ESRB has recently rerated Demon’s Souls – unfortunately, this rating was for the PlayStation 3 version, just without verbiage pertaining to online interactions. The servers for Demon’s Souls were shut down earlier this year, and though it’s a common practice for older games that lose their online functionality, this has spurred fans to double down on their presumptions that Demon’s Souls will in fact get a remake. Series creator Hidetaka Miyazaki has confirmed that FromSoftware wouldn’t be involved in remastering or remaking Demon’s Souls, partially because they want to move forward with new IP, and partially because Sony actually owns both the Demon’s Souls and Bloodborne IP. Ultimately, it’s up to Sony if they want to revisit those titles in the future.
Luckily, it seems that Bluepoint very well could be taking up Demon’s Souls’ mantle. They’d be responsible for remaking a game that not only started the entire Souls series, but influenced countless other video game developers over the last decade. It’s a game known for its difficulty, but also for its interweaving and expertly-structured design. Though many believe subsequent Souls games surpassed this first attempt, others feel it remains the pinnacle of the series. It’s the only game in the Souls series not available on the PlayStation 4 and that could change soon enough.
A spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls was originally released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011, and on the PC in 2012 as Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition. Later this year on May 25, Dark Souls Remastered will be hitting the Switch, Xbox One, PC and, of some matter of importance to this article, PlayStation 4. Beyond including the DLC that was eventually released for the original Dark Souls, it will use higher-quality textures, support 4k resolution on certain consoles and PCs, run at 60 frames-per-second and increase the number of multiplayer players to six for most of these systems. Most criticisms towards the game centered around its high level of difficulty, and though developer QLOC doesn’t look to be changing that, its difficulty has been more widely accepted with time. With Dark Souls Remastered, all three Dark Souls games will be on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Dark Souls II
Although Director and series creator Hidetaka Miyazaki had minimal involvement in Dark Souls II, it still received exceptional reviews when it released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2014, and later that same year on the PC. In 2015, an updated version of the game called Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin was released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. This version included all of the original’s considerable downloadable content, along with upgraded graphics and improved performance. Though Dark Souls II was originally released on the previous generation of consoles, it didn’t take long for it to come to the PlayStation 4, allowing the series to reach the current generation.
Instead of continuing directly with Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls, Hidetaka Miyazaki decided to create an entirely new IP – one that would remain exclusive to the PlayStation 4. Though it isn’t technically part of the Souls series, Bloodborne maintains many of the tenants that define the series – it holds a high degree of difficulty, it focuses on player choice, exploration and world-layouts, has extremely deep and interwoven lore smattered throughout its sprawling world, and is most definitely an action role-playing game like those that came before it. It does, however, have a unique Gothic aesthetic, inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and Bram Stoker, and generally plays in a much faster, more frenetic manner than the Souls games. Because Sony owns the IP, it will remain on Sony consoles, and along with Demon’s Souls, is a reason every From Souls (or Souls-like) game will unlikely ever be released on non-Sony consoles.
Dark Souls III
Miyazaki returned to Dark Souls for a third (and seemingly final) game in the prestigious series. Dark Souls III was released in 2016 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC to rave reviews, with many considering it a return to form following Dark Souls II (which was originally praised, but eventually lost favor with many fans of the series). It’s the only proper Souls game to have been released originally on the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, and thus having it available for the PlayStation 4 was never in contest. Go get it now, if you’re feeling the need to die about 1,000 times.
Shadows Die Twice.
FromSoftware’s next game remains a mystery. A teaser trailer was released during The Game Awards 2017 and was cryptic at best. It had a lot of blood and included some sort of gruesome cable device, along with the text “Shadows Die Twice.” It’s not clear if that’s actually the title of their next game, or just something for the teaser, but it’s been made clear that this next game won’t be connected to the Souls series. Expect it for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and possibly even the Switch. Though it’s unlikely to release this year, it wouldn’t be out of the question, considering FromSoftware’s quick turnaround with most of its games.
If Demon’s Souls is remade for the PlayStation 4, the entire Souls franchise will be available for the system. Dark Souls is making its way to Sony’s current console in May. Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin was made available for the PS4 in 2015. Bloodborne was released exclusively on the PlayStation 4 in 2015. Dark Souls III was originally released on the PlayStation 4 in 2016. All of this potentially adds up to a single console housing an entire modern, groundbreaking franchise. It’s possible that, somewhere down the line, From will continue with a Dark Souls IV or maybe even Demon’s Souls II or Bloodborne II, but it’s unlikely – with someone as forward-thinking as Hidetaka Miyazaki as president, don’t expect From to linger in the past. If this all does pan out, Souls fans can rest easy knowing the franchise has been solidified on a single platform – perhaps even a collection could be in the cards.