Sony Interactive Entertained Japan announced that it would be shutting off online servers for Demon's Souls, the first title in From Software's Souls franchise. The shut off will be happening on February 28, 2018.
Without servers, Demon's Souls is still playable, but the game will lack online multiplayer in the form of cooperative play and PVP invasions, hint messages from other players, and bloodstains showing the deaths of other players. This marks the end of service since the game launched on PlayStation 3 in February 2009.
It was unclear if the same would happen to North American servers, as the game was published by Atlus on our shores. The official US Dark Souls Twitter account has weighed in, pointing to all servers going away on the same date.
After 9 years of reoccurring deaths and frustrations, but just as many triumphs of dedication, Demon's Souls online servers will terminate on February 28, 2018. Play online one last time, and share with us your best Demon's Souls moment! pic.twitter.com/knIgmXLqFW— Dark Souls (@DarkSoulsGame) November 27, 2017
Existing Demon's Souls players are still holding out hope for a PlayStation 4 remake of the title.