The Demon’s Souls Digital Deluxe Edition will include some new in-game weapons and armor that can’t be unlocked in the game’s standard version.
The Demon’s Souls Digital Deluxe Edition will include some items that can’t be acquired at all in other versions of the game. The digital deluxe version of the upcoming PlayStation 5 Demon’s Souls remake was revealed to come with some bonus items back when it was first announced, but it wasn’t clear at the time whether they were truly exclusive to the deluxe edition or simply unlocked earlier for those who shelled out for that version of the game.
In some respects, the PS5 Demon’s Souls remake looks to be a faithful recreation of the PS3 original. From gameplay footage shown so far, it seems that the game’s level design and enemy placement will remain intact, albeit with a few minor changes already noticed by eagle-eyed fans. Developer Bluepoint even changed the design of a boss after fans of the original complained that it looked too different in the remake. Demon’s Souls will also include an option to use the original game’s behind-the-back camera position in addition to an over-the-shoulder option added for the remake.
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There are some changes coming to the Demon’s Souls remake, though, and fans aren’t happy about at least one of them. As Dark Souls lore expert Vaati pointed out on Twitter, the Demon’s Souls Digital Deluxe Edition description labels some items as early unlocks and others as exclusives. Among the exclusive items are some new weapons and armor pieces being added for the remake, such as the Red-Eye Knight Armor and the Ritual Blade. Unsurprisingly, FromSoftware fans aren’t happy about the idea of version-exclusive items, and have sounded off in the tweet’s replies.
Play Has Limits. The Red-Eye Knight Armor, Boletarian Royalty Armor, and Ritual Blade are confirmed exclusive to the Digital Deluxe version, and you’ll have to preorder it to get the Reaper’s Scythe as well. =/ not cool pic.twitter.com/Y8suXB97nk
— Vaati (@VaatiVidya) October 29, 2020
The existence of any bonus items whatsoever was already controversial for Demon’s Souls. Some argued against adding the new items for fear that they would lessen the game’s notorious difficulty. FromSoftware has so far refused to put any explicit difficulty options in its games, leading to some outcry that this policy makes them inaccessible to huge swaths of players. With the possible exception of Sekiro, the developer’s games have always had some built-in ways for players to adjust their difficulty, from summoning friends to grinding for better stats and gear, making the argument that Demon’s Souls’ difficulty needs to be preserved at all costs a little spurious.
There are reasons to be upset about the decision to lock some items behind the deluxe edition, though. The most obvious is that it means that players who can’t afford to spring for a special edition won’t get the full experience available to them. In a game that’s likely to have a long-lasting multiplayer component, anything that gates certain gear behind a paywall is especially egregious. Players won’t know how much of an advantage the deluxe edition gear gives them until Demon’s Souls is actually in their hands, but the news of gear being sold for a premium price is likely to sour the excitement of even die-hard fans.
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Demon’s Souls will be released on PlayStation 5 on November 12.
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