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‘Demon’s Souls’ remake: characters finally look like actual humans

Sony Interactive Entertainment has revealed the character creation and Photo Mode for the Demon’s Souls remake. It now looks like you can play as an actual human being.

With the original Demon’s Souls, most playthroughs would have you wearing a helmet with good reason. Using the character creator would end up a plastic surgery disaster at best and a completely different humanoid species at worst. It appears that this will not be the case for the remake.

In a post on the PlayStation blog, images emerged of what the remake’s character creation system could produce. To say that the results are impressive would be an understatement, especially when compared to the original. Creative director Gavin Moore estimates that “up to 16 million permutations” will be possible with the new character creator.

Demons Souls Character Creation
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While people will still use the new character creator to make humanoid monsters (Moore anticipates “the weird and wonderful”), there is a sense that being able to make a hyper-realistic character would mean a stronger attachment for players to the game.

At the very least, they won’t have to suspend any disbelief towards a plastic action doll running around in the bleak world of Demon’s Souls.

Besides the enhanced character creator, Moore also revealed the remake’s Photo Mode with its own host of impressive features. To get the perfect shot in Photo Mode, players will be able to hide weapons, helmets, or their character entirely. They will also be able to pose, make expressions, and change whatever camera settings they so desire.

As previously confirmed, the filters usable in Photo Mode will be available during ordinary gameplay. A filter that emulates the original PS3 look will be available. Moore also confirmed that the player limit for online has been increased to six.

The Demon’s Souls remake will be a PS5 launch title on 12 November and appears to be the flagship title for Sony’s newest console. While people will be more familiar with Dark Souls and later games in the Soulslike franchise such as Bloodborne and Sekiro: Shadows Die TwiceDemon’s Souls was the game that started it all and it’s amazing to see it reintroduced for a new audience.

Demon's Souls Remake Photo Mode
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