As per reports from Playstation Game Size, the entry was not discoverable prior to the PS5’s launch last November, implying the game is a new addition to the last-gen system’s database.
This doesn’t necessarily mean the Demon’s Souls remake is definitely coming to the PS4, mind – the entry may merely represent a test version for developers – but it does beg the question of why Bluepoint Games would concern itself with the now-outdated hardware.
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Currently, Demon’s Souls – which itself is a remake of the 2009 PS3-exclusive – is exclusive to the PS5, and has never been playable on the PS4. The game, which sees players hack and slash their way through monster-infested hellscapes, is often credited with being the inspiration for the Dark Souls series.
It wouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see Blueprint port the game to PS4, though. With the exception of games like Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition and Astro’s Playroom, all of the PS5’s launch titles – from Assassin's Creed Valhalla to NBA 2K21 – have PS4-compatible counterparts.
Analysis: An odd decision
It’s worth reiterating that a PS4-compatible Demon’s Souls remains speculative, rather than probable – as mentioned, there’s no telling of Bluepoint’s intentions behind the recent database listing.
Still, if we do see the game arrive on last-gen consoles in the near future, it would certainly be at odds with everything that makes the PS5 version so great – particularly from a visual standpoint.
In our review, we described Demon’s Souls on PS5 as a game which takes “full advantage of next-gen hardware” by “providing lightning fast load speeds and probably the best graphics we've seen in a video game to date.”
The game also utilises the power of the DualSense controller to great effect, creating the sensation of steel clashing against armor or the flickering of fire at the end of your weapon, which ultimately works to draw you deeper into the game world.
All this is to say that everything that makes the PS5 remake so great would be impossible to translate to the PS4, and so players would be left with, well, the same game from 2009.
Only time will tell if Blueprint does indeed decide to take its fantasy dueller back a generation, but we’re not holding out hope for a particularly impressive last-gen experience.
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