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Demon’s Souls remake confirmed for PlayStation 5

Published: 11/Jun/2020 22:45 Updated: 12/Jun/2020 5:49

by Brittany Vincent

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Classic FromSoftware title Demon’s Souls is getting a next-gen remake from Bluepoint Games on PlayStation 5, as revealed during Sony’s “The Future of Gaming” livestream. 

Souls enthusiasts will have plenty to get excited about when the PlayStation 5 launches, as Bluepoint Games is taking the fan favorite Demon’s Souls and modernizing it for Sony’s upcoming system. Now, fans will be able to complete the entire collection of Souls titles on modern consoles and, presumably, with online support just like when Demon’s Souls first came out.

Demon’s Souls was originally released for the PlayStation 3 back in 2009. It’s been over a decade since the game first hit consoles, but ever since it reared its head, it’s been nothing but well-liked among though who gravitate toward challenging titles. It’s certainly not a game for everyone, but for those who dallied within the confines of its austere environments, it’s a veritable classic.

Demon’s Souls is being rebuilt “from the ground up” on PlayStation 5

For the uninitiated, Demon’s Souls is considered the spiritual successor to FromSoftware’s equally challenging King’s Field series. Set in the kingdom of Boletaria, it follows a hero looking to slay the fallen king Allant in a bid to pacify a malevolent being called the Old One. Players must travel between multiple worlds via hubs, learning new mechanics and practicing combos to avoid certain death.

The old multiplayer mechanics in the game consisted of intriguing player co-op and PvP combat, though the North American servers were finally shut down in February 2018. This removed all multiplayer functionality, messaging, and additional ways for players to interact with each other. This was a frustrating blow for players, until a group of hardcore games created their own private server. This brought back the online functions they sorely missed.

With this Demon’s Souls being “rebuilt from the ground up,” it will likely bring back a refined version of the servers that were originally shut down, with Bluepoint Games taking point to bring the game to fruition. Here’s hoping there isn’t that long of a wait to get it in our hands once more.

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Smash YouTubers claim Nintendo is copyright striking videos with mods

Published: 29/Nov/2020 4:42 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 6:01

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Nintendo has continued its war against the Super Smash Bros. community, reportedly issuing takedown notices to some of the game’s most popular modders on YouTube. 

Nintendo has always cracked down hard on its intellectual property. However, they’ve found themselves at odds against the Super Smash Bros. community more so than ever since they shut down The Big House’s online event

It started a movement that has seen professional players and community members rally their fans to fight, protest with charity tournaments, and host exhibition bouts to raise awareness.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t stopped Nintendo from slowing down. If anything, they’ve cracked the whip even harder, reportedly turning their sights on Super Smash Bros. modders creating projects for fans on YouTube.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Takedown Mods
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Super Ultimate is already incredibly fun, but modders have found ways to make it even better.

The first modder to report he’d been issued a takedown notice was a prominent one named Mastalko.

He created a Goku skin mod, which replaces Terry on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. “Guess my Goku video got ninjaed by Nintendo,” he said.

The screenshot clarifies that his video has been “locked and cannot be monetized” due to a claim from Nintendo.

However, that was only the beginning. Nintendo issued a takedown notice to another popular modder named 64iOS. It revolved around a video he posted on YouTube called ‘12 Super Mario Odyssey Skins in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! (Mods).’

“First time happening to my channel with Smash, I believe,” he said, above a screenshot of the actual takedown notice. Fortunately, it hasn’t impacted his account, but it’s still a move that has angered many fans.

However, the claims have been pulled into question by some members of the community. The “Nintendo Fans Complaining Against Nintendo” Twitter account has been following the complaints, stating the strikes might not be filed by Nintendo themselves because the company name doesn’t line up.

“The copyright claimer is always listed as ‘Nintendo’. You might think off the top of your head ‘yeah that would make sense they are Nintendo’, but this isn’t how Nintendo is known legally,” they said in a November 27 statement.

The members behind the account also told Dexerto that some other creators, like Mankalor, have had their videos re-instated through the appeals process once the claims were proven to be false.

“Part of the problem though lies with the fact that there was someone impersonating Nintendo handing out copyright claims, and that YouTube needs more transparency in their copyright process before people begin jumping the gun, especially with a completely reasonable movement going around trying to free a game from a real copyright issue,” they said.

The wider Nintendo community understands the takedown requests to an extent. However, some believe Nintendo’s antics are tone-deaf, especially considering how passionate and widespread the community is.

In the end, they’ve had to find ways to keep the community thriving after all these years with little to no support from Nintendo. So, they believe the company should work with them rather than against them.

November 28 update: This article has been updated with new statements from “Nintendo Fans Complaining About Nintendo” about the copyright strikes.