Demon's Souls servers to stay online

PS3 RPG threatens immortality.

Support for monstrous PlayStation 3 RPG Demon's Souls' US servers has been extended again, publisher Atlus has announced.

Earlier this year, Atlus pledged to keep the game online until at least March 2011, but it has now extended that deadline until at least October next year as the game continues to enjoy huge popularity.

"We've said it before and we'll say it again," said Atlus exec Aram Jabbari, "we will support the online servers for Demon's Souls as long as we possibly can, and we'll be as transparent about the entire process as possible, hence us constantly updating folks as to what to expect.

"That said, we're starting to think... the servers may have taken on a bit of a... life of their own. Have you played the game? It's not just one of the most brilliant roleplaying games ever made; it's darn challenging, too. It's starting to feel like even if we wanted to, we couldn't shut things down."

"Honestly, we're more worried the servers will shut us down than the other way around."

He's not wrong – Demon's Souls is rather marvelous. From Software's bleak, brutal epic tortured a 9/10 from Eurogamer's Keza MacDonald last year.

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