Update: The Demon's Souls PS4 listing is likely a port of the PS3 version of the game, rather than a backwards port of the PS5 version.
This has been speculated through renowned FromSoftware dataminer Lance McDonald revealing that the database listing for the PS4 version of Demon's Souls is over four years old. This instead points to a port of the PS3 version of Demon's Souls that was ultimately never released, rather than an indication that the PS5 remake of Demon's Souls is launching on Sony's last-gen console.
It's very likely a PS Now entry for the internal port of Demons Souls PS3 for PS4 that was created during the early stages of remake for the purpose of remote QA. Sony often do this. These builds are never intended for release.June 18, 2021
Original: Demon's Souls may be coming to the PS4 according to a potential PlayStation database leak.
The FromSoftware game, which was recently remade for the PS5, has reportedly got a PS4 version in the PlayStation database according to @PlaystationSize (opens in new tab) - an account that shares file sizes of upcoming PlayStation games, as well as other news and leaks.
The Tweet sharing the news stated: “YES! Demon's Souls has a PS4 version in the database!” However before fans of the Souls Series get too excited, this may not mean too much. As the Twitter account also said: “This version [could] be cancelled, [could] be released soon or [could] be only a small test version for developers.” So it’s best as with all leaks to take this with a grain of salt.
🚨 Demon's Souls News :🟥 YES ! Demon's Souls have PS4 Version in Database !🟧 BUT This Version Can Be Cancelled , Can Be Release Soon Or Can Be only small Test Version For Developers🟦 #DemonsSouls #PS5 #PS4 https://t.co/kbXXmuxq9P pic.twitter.com/2th3sWn0tjJune 16, 2021
Another Twitter user replied (opens in new tab) to the original tweet pointing out that Demon’s Souls does actually have a content ID for the PS4 in the system, however this is for a digital artbook of the game that can be viewed on the PS4. @PlaystationSize has since cleared this up however replying to said tweet adding that this code is different to the artbook one (opens in new tab).
This Tweet was also shared in both the PS5 subreddit (opens in new tab) and the GamingLeaksAndRumours subreddit (opens in new tab) and received mixed reactions, with those not able to secure a PS5 yet happy that they’ll be able to play Demon's Souls (opens in new tab) on their PS4 and others who are disappointed at the fact Sony keeps re-releasing current-gen games onto previous-gen consoles (opens in new tab).
If true, this wouldn’t be the first time that Sony has released a scaled-down version of a PS5 exclusive game onto the PS4. The video game company also did the same with Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Sackboy: The Big Adventure, however, both games had to receive a few downgrades to be playable on the now previous-gen console, including taking hits to its resolution, load times, and level of detailing on the PS4.
The Souls Series started with the original Demon’s Souls, released in 2009 on the PS3, and has since been remastered for the PS5. The rest of the Souls 'series' is made up of the Dark Souls trilogy, with Bloodborne often bundled into discussions of From Software's hard-as-nails catalogue.
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