Japanese Retailers Can't Keep Demon's Souls In Stock
Either the Japanese are starved for any role-playing titles in this new generation, or their gaming tastes have shifted significantly.
We've been bringing you scattered reports concerning From Software's PlayStation 3 exclusive, Demon's Souls, and the latest concerns the title's sudden popularity. As Kotaku reports, the game appears to be selling out left and right in Japan; retailers like Yodobashi Cameras and Bic Cameras in Shinjuku, Sofmap and TSUTAYA apparently have no copies left. You can examine the sold out pics yourself, and then start to wonder: is this fairly inconspicuous title a whole lot better than we had initially anticipated? The Famitsu review was decent but the Dengeki review was through the roof, and there's no denying the consumer demand. Of course, this could be due simply to the fact that shipment numbers are low and as the game just launched yesterday, it may take a few days to restock. But either way, this hack 'n slash, more Western-oriented RPG is enjoying quite the debut in Japan, and now we really want to hear about a North American release date...
As of now, we're not even sure if Demon's Souls is confirmed for the U.S., although we would fail to understand the logic if it never broke Japan's borders. We assume it's coming at some point, so we'll just wait patiently. We can be patient, right?
2/6/2009 Ben Dutka