Sony and From Soft team up for PS3 Action RPG
10.01.08 - 1:10 PM

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan today announced Demon's Souls. The PlayStation 3-based action RPG is developed by From Software, makers of Enchanted Arms and Armored Core. The game is set to be playable at next week's Tokyo Game Show.

Described as a dark fantasy title, Demon's Souls won't be about Final Fantasy-style FMV sequences, but rather about gameplay emphasizing a feeling of satisfaction and exploration, in other words "back to the roots". At the game's beginning, the player is asked to create a character by specifying name, sex, face type, hair style, etc. Slightly similar to Lionhead's Fable, the player is free in making his or her own decisions. Even if he or she is asked to save the world, this request can be ignored. The game will continue nonetheless.

System-wise, players have to study an enemy's attack pattern and while defending, exploit their foe's weak spot. Weapons will come with certain limitations. For instance, it might be impossible to swing a weapon with great range in a narrow location. Furthermore, actions in battle will change, depending on whether a weapon is wielded in one hand or both hands.

Demon's Souls will be available in Japan sometime next year.

Chris Winkler

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