If you've been meaning to play Atlus Games' Demon Souls, you'd better jump on it quick: The online portions of the punishingly difficult game for the PlayStation 3 are going away forever on May 31.
Much of the allure of Demon's Souls was in its online capabilities. The unique use of multiplayer allowed gamers to leave cryptic messages for adventurers to come. You can also enter other players' games as a "phantom" to either help them or kill them. Demon's Souls also allowed you to see other players' deaths at the claws of various monsters. After May, all that is no more. You'll still be able to play the single-player game, though.
In a statement to fans, Atlus said:
"It has been a tremendous honor and privilege for all of our staff at ATLUS to have been involved with so innovative and groundbreaking an interactive entertainment experience. We poured our heart and soul into every facet of our involvement with Demon’s Souls, particularly the title’s memorable Deluxe Edition, which served as the only avenue through which to purchase the game’s official strategy guide. It was also of the utmost importance for us to sustain the game’s online experience as long as possible, even beyond the point at which sales could help to offset the expense. Regrettably, the online servers cannot be sustained forever and now the end draws near."
You'll still be able to play Dark Souls, which is the same idea, from the same company, but executed better.