Originally Posted by MMDE
It was never supposed to be that way, so there's nothing to "fix".
You can hook up with people on your friendslist, it's just to plan it a little, starting a chatroom on PSN helps a lot. No need to play offline, just play in hallow form to avoid getting invaded, and the only downside as far as I'm concerned to it is not being invaded by offline NPC black phantoms. You don't have half health or something like in Demon's Souls. They have fixed some stuff with the online play, to make it work better, but as I said earlier, what you request has never been a goal, and won't happen.
Yes, you can trade like in Demon's Souls.
Thanks for the reply. Well you had to coordinate summonings in Demon's Souls as well. I heard that you couldn't readily summon a friend because of P2P or different servers or something. But if I am at X Bonfire and I tell my friend to drop their signal there I should be able to see it (assuming they don't get summoned by someone else first) and summon them?