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Demon's Souls

Good news, lovers of pain! While the servers for the acclaimed Demon’s Souls were scheduled to go offline at the end of this month, Atlus released a statement today that said they are leaving the game’s servers on for the “foreseeable future.”

Tim Pivnicny, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Atlus, said, “While it originally seemed as though it would be unfeasible for us to continue to sustain the servers, a number of developments have made it possible for us to continue to invest in and support our fans as they have continued to invest in and support us and Demon’s Souls.” If gamers continue to stay invested in the game, Atlus said they have not ruled out the possibility of more extensions.

Radiant Historia

Did you miss out on playing DS SRPG Radiant Historia the first time around because there was a limited number of copies? Well, shame on you because it’s a great game. But you’re also in luck; Atlus U.S.A. announced that they’re re-releasing the game in late March, 2012.

While this reprinting won’t come with the original bundled soundtrack, this is still a great chance to own a great game. Radiant Historia features strategic, turn-based combat and a time-travelling storyline where actions in one timeline can have repercussions in another. You can pre-order a copy of Radiant Historia from Amazon today.

[Source: Atlus]

[Update: If recent tweets and pictures of cake are to be believed Catherine managed to sell over 200,000 copies in its opening week.Yay!]

Catherine has exceeded our highest expectations,” said Tim Pivnicny, VP of Sales and Marketing at Atlus when speaking with IGN.  Citing the enormous fan response to the game’s mature themes and challenging gameplay, he went on to say “It is fitting, then, that Catherine can boast the largest launch in the 20-year history of Atlus, and continues to see strong sales at retail.” Despite the strong sales Atlus has yet to reveal any specific sales numbers.

While strange Japanese games may be popular with the enthusiast press and core gamers, I had my doubts about how well Atlus’ latest would do at retail. In a market dominated by shootersit’s rare to see something so unique be so successful. We enjoyed Catherine quite a bit, so it’s nice to see that Catherine beat the odds.

The new Catherine trailer focuses on Vincent’s difficult romantic struggle. He must choose between a mature relationship for which he’s unready and an exciting fling with a younger woman. The choice is tearing him apart. While its a dilemma that’s challenged many men, Catherine is certainly breaking new ground for narrative in videogames.

If you’re really looking forward to Catherine‘s release, check out the “Love is Over” Deluxe Edition, which includes the soundtrack, an art book, boxers, t-shirt and pillow. I’ve been following Catherine for a long time, and can’t wait to get my hands on it, but I’ll pass on the special edition underwear. Luckily, the wait won’t be too much longer. Catherine will be available in stores on July 26th.