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Sep 302019

Every now and then, rumors crop up about a Demon’s Souls remaster being in development.

The latest rumor comes by way of Sacred Symbols: A PlayStation Podcast, where at the 1:26:10 mark, podcast host Colin Moriarty expresses his surprise that “one game in particular, a remaster that’s coming out for PlayStation 4” wasn’t announced at the recent State of Play.

He then follows it by saying “the soul still burns.”

Fans have taken this to be a hint or even confirmation that the game in question is Demon’s Souls.

There have been rumors for a while now that Bluepoint Games is working on Demon’s Souls, although Bluepoint’s next project is a remake/”re-envisioning” of a game, rather than a remaster.

So, let’s take a closer look at this hint.

There is nothing about the conversation that inherently points toward Demon’s Souls. It just needs to be a game that would be remastered for the PlayStation 4 and be big enough to be expected in the State of Play. And the hint is “the soul still burns.”

Soul -> Demon’s Souls; the connection there is clear enough.

Strangely, however, looking up that exact phrase brings up an entirely different series, Soulcalibur (which I always thought was Soul Calibur until today). I saw one person say “the soul still burns” is a phrase used when you choose “continue” after dying, although I couldn’t confirm that myself. Regardless, searching for that phrase brings up reviews, discussions, and announcements related to the Soulcalibur games.

So this actually makes me wonder if the mysterious remaster is actually of Soul Edge/Soul Blade, the arcade game that preceded Soulcalibur, or one of the early Soulcalibur games.

What do you think? Is this mysterious hint a sign of an upcoming Demon’s Souls remaster, a Soul Edge or Soulcalibur remaster, or something else entirely?

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  6 Responses to “Is a Demon’s Souls or Soulcalibur Remaster Being Teased?”

  1. I’d be all for a remaster of Demon’s Souls. I love that game so much, it’s still the best souls game in my books.
    I played Soul Calibur 2,3, & 4. It would be nice to play an updated version of the first one.

    • I know a lot of people are hoping for a Demon’s Souls remaster, especially since the public servers were shut down. I have a copy of Demon’s Souls, but I’m not sure when I’ll get around to playing it.

      • As cool as the online is, it gave this wonderful “lone warrior” feeling like no other game when you play it alone. I did my first playthrough entirely offline because I was a bit anti-multiplayer back then, and I’m glad I did, it was a very memorable feeling which I hold with me to this day.

        Honestly, it may have aged a bit now, especially after playing the newer souls games, but I recommend it highly. It has by far the best soundtrack by far imo, and it gave me some strong emotional responses, which the other games never did.

        • I played Dark Souls entirely offline since my Internet connection isn’t great, haha.

          I played a very small amount of Demon’s Souls back around when I first got it. A friend and I tried it together. We mainly just died and panicked and died some more, but it led to some funny memories.

          My next “Souls” (if it counts as one) game will probably be Bloodborne, though. That game has too many things going for it that I like for me to keep putting it off.

          • If you go back to Demon’s Souls after Dark you’ll probably find it much easier now.

            I feel like it counts, it feels a lot like the other souls games but with a more offensive combat rather than defensive. Bloodborne is pretty fun. It wasn’t as good as I’d imagined it would be, but still well worth playing.

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