Demon’s Souls age rated in Korea and Japan, as launch game hopes rise

The remake of the spiritual predecessor to Dark Souls looks like it’s going to be a launch window game, as it’s rated for release in Asia.

It looks like the PlayStation 5 will have more new games out near launch than originally thought, as government websites in South Korea and Japan both add listings for Demon’s Souls.

At first it seemed as if Spider-Man: Miles Morales – which is not a full-length game – would be the only major first party title ready for the PlayStation 5 launch, but then last week Sony announced that Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart would be a ‘launch window’ game, i.e. one released within three months of the console’s initial launch.

The new listings mean Demon’s Souls could be out as early as this year, and implies it was definitely intended as a launch game before the coronavirus struck.

The listings were discovered by Gematsu, who note that the longest any Sony game usually goes between been listed is three months, with many only having a two-month gap.

Spider-Man is the only other game currently rated for South Korea and while games may have slightly different release dates around the world that seems to imply that Demon’s Souls has a better chance of coming out before Ratchet & Clank.

What are the PS5 launch games?

At the moment the only first party games Sony is promising for the PlayStation 5 launch are Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Astro’s Playroom, which will come pre-loaded on the console.

Fortnite is also planned for day one but beyond that nothing else is confirmed, not least because we don’t know what the PlayStation 5’s release date is.

Given it’s likely to be early to mid-November that means that cross-generational games such as Marvel’s Avengers, FIFA 21, Watch Dogs Legion, Destiny 2: Beyond Light, Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla all have a good chance of being launch games, but none of them are confirmed yet.

It’s not clear when the line-up will be announced either, not least because many games will probably only just be ready in time.

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