Demon’s Souls has gotten a lot of positive press since well before its release close to two weeks ago. That, of course, has led to shortages of the game throughout the North American regions. This is good, right? Atlus thinks so. They wanted us to let you all know that they’re working overtime to get more copies out to the hands of hungry gamers everywhere.
Aram Jabbari, Manager of PR and Sales for Atlus, had this to say about the encouraging reception and sales of the title: “We’re thrilled at the level of interest and acclaim gamers are showing for Demon’s Souls, one of the best reviewed games of the year and one of the highest-rated role-playing games of all time. We’re working quickly to get more copies of the game out onto store shelves. We thank fans for supporting a daring, innovative product, and we ask interested gamers to be patient as stock is replenished.”
Along with the standard edition, there was a Deluxe Edition of the title released on October 6, as well. Unfortunately, this Deluxe Edition is now going to be considered out of print in North America when it is sold out, and it will not be remanufactured. Why is this unfortunate? The Deluxe Edition was the only way to get a strategy guide for the title and, being the rather harsh, difficult title that it is, perhaps even gamers who don’t use a guide under typical situations would want one. But, there are words of encouragement direct from Atlus: “While the now discontinued Deluxe Edition of Demon’s Souls was the only way to obtain the game’s official strategy guide, the title already benefits from an in-game messaging system, a tremendous online community, and dozens of online resources for players who are finding the game to be a bit challenging.”
There’s also some online resources, such as the official Demon’s Souls wiki, which are available to players who might need help adventuring through the Kingdom of Boletaria. All in all, while there are some downsides to discontinuing the Deluxe Edition, I think this is a wonderful success for both developer From Software and publisher Atlus.