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Dark Souls Developer From Software Bought by Kadokawa

Posted by Sammy Barker

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Niche developer From Software has been purchased by Japanese publisher Kadokawa, according to a report on Siliconera. The latter will apparently acquire 80 per cent of the Dark Souls studio’s stock, as part of a deal that’s set to be completed on 21st May. It’s unclear yet how much money has exchanged hands, but we’re guessing a substantial sum.

While it shot to mainstream popularity following the release of PlayStation 3 exclusive Demon’s Souls, it’s worth noting that From Software has been around for a long time, with its portfolio including titles such as Armored Core, the King’s Field series, and curious platformer Kuri Kuri Mix. Kadokawa, meanwhile, is an entertainment group, currently working on strategy game Natural Doctrine.

Speaking of the acquisition, studio gaffer Naotoshi Zin stated that both companies will benefit from the buyout. "With a new system, from this point on, I believe we'll be able to make newer and more in depth games," he said. Exactly what this means for the rumoured Demon’s Souls sequel which the company is reportedly cooking up with Japan Studio remains to be seen...

[via siliconera.com, eurogamer.net]

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User Comments (8)

Alpha

#1

Alpha said:

ok im confused.. is this good or bad? Btw im a huge Dark Souls and Demon Souls fan. I prefer Demon Souls than Dark Souls 1 however and never played Dark Souls 2.

get2sammybAdmin

#2

get2sammyb said:

@Alpha I don't think we have enough information to know. Kadokawa's invested in some pretty unique stuff - like Lollipop Chainsaw - so I don't think it's necessarily bad news at all. Not sure what it means for the future of Dark/Demon's Souls, though. I'd assume that Bamco would still publish the former, seeing as Kadokawa doesn't seem to have the resources for international releases (Lollipop Chainsaw was published by Warner Bros, for example). I dunno, though.

Bad-MuthaAdebis

#3

Bad-MuthaAdebis said:

Demon souls ps4 exclusive could be up there with second son and shadow fall, if the rumours turn out to be true then hopefully they'll have some positive input

adf86

#4

adf86 said:

I wouldn't be at all surprised if at E3 Sony announce a Demon Souls 2 since they own the IP & and the original creator of Demons & Dark Souls didn't make the second one.

Bliquid

#5

Bliquid said:

In what world a 2 million seller game developer is niche?
Jokes aside, i don't think this is bad news. Yet.
Also, am i mistaken or they bought Grasshopper as well? If yes, seeing that Kadokawa is investing in alternative developers seems promising.
For now.

Alpha

#6

Alpha said:

@get2sammyb Alright, Thank you. Btw you spelled Namco With a B, lol BAMCO xD unless that was intentional which sounds like it could be too xD

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