Demon's Souls PS4 listing might not be a port of the PS5 version after all

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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.

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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 - 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. 

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Another Twitter user replied 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

This Tweet was also shared in both the PS5 subreddit and the GamingLeaksAndRumours subreddit and received mixed reactions, with those not able to secure a PS5 yet happy that they’ll be able to play Demon's Souls on their PS4 and others who are disappointed at the fact Sony keeps re-releasing current-gen games onto previous-gen consoles

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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After studying Film Studies and Creative Writing at university, I was lucky enough to land a job as an intern at Player Two PR where I helped to release a number of indie titles. I then got even luckier when I became a Trainee News Writer at GamesRadar+ before being promoted to a fully-fledged News Writer after a year and a half of training.  My expertise lies in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, cozy indies, and The Last of Us, but especially in the Kingdom Hearts series. I'm also known to write about the odd Korean drama for the Entertainment team every now and then.