Report: Kadokawa Acquires Dark Souls Developers From Software

By Sato . April 28, 2014 . 12:10am

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It has been reported that Japanese publishers Kadokawa have acquired From Software, the developers of the popular Dark Souls and Armored Core series. Gamebiz shares more on the acquisition.

 

According to the report, Kadokawa’s purchase of From Software will be finalized on May 21, 2014. Kadokawa will acquire 80% of the stock in the company. From Software are planned to be a part of the Kadokawa group, alongside Kadokawa Games, to work on the company’s core games.

 

Previously, From Software were an independent developer, and had most of their games, such as Dark Souls II, published by Bandai Namco, and others by Sega. [Note: Dark Souls was self-published in Japan.]

 

With From Software being a part of the Kadokawa group, they expect it to be a mutually beneficial arrangement for both sides with the synergy effect that will provide them with ability to further enhance game development with their respective knowhow and resources.

 

From Software CEO Naotoshi Zin also shared a few words on the benefits and reasons behind the acquisition, starting with the three key points.

 

  • To further expand platforms. Everything from simple hardware to cloud network.
  • The requirement to better correspond to regions (more global, more local).
  • The coalescence between content.

 

“With a new system, from this point on, I believe we’ll be able to make newer and more in depth games.”


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  • Xорошо 不死鳥 Zikk

    Woaahh o.o Sounds big.

  • MrRobbyM

    With Miyazaki leaving being a “company decision”, I support this change.

    • Androu1

      Miyazaki didn’t leave anywhere, he just didn’t want to direct DkS2 because he wanted to make something “happier” than the shit-world of Souls.

  • Raze

    Armored Kancolle Souls game incoming….

  • Go2hell66

    smart move. need a game made? these guys can do it

    • Adrián Alucard

      Not for PC

      • Go2hell66

        Is dark souls ii not on pc?

        • Adrián Alucard

          Yes, but with the control completely broken

          You can’t use some keys and/or combinations because they disable the mouse. Also, the mouse have a notable delay

          • Mar Mar

            I’m playing it with DS3 controller using Better DS3. Works perfectly fine with awesome performance and graphics

          • MrRobbyM

            Better DS3 is the way to go and the game should be played with a controller anyways as most third person action games should.

          • Adrián Alucard

            I don’t have controlers, because I don’t like them. Mouse + keyboard are better always, even in the first Dark Souls

  • evilkaz

    Get me an Armored Core on Vita, and a next gen dark souls game (with that lighting shown off in the demo for DaSII). And I’ll be one happy customer.

    • PreyMantis

      Yes, this!

    • Spirit Macardi

      Just wait for a mod for the PC version, it’s coming x3

  • Bentan

    Tenchu for vita and next gen i hope

    • leingod

      Oh my god YES. Tenchu needs to make a comeback… but a quality comeback… nothing as awful as that 360 Tenchu game, and nothing that ditches the classic gameplay like Tenchu 4.

  • d19xx

    Good news to me. Kadokawa publish lots of Vita games. Dark Souls Vita! :D

    • PreyMantis

      Now, now, don’t give me a heart attack this early in the morning.

  • landlock

    Nothing much will really change for us I don’t think since neither publish there games in the west and they will still come via. third parties like always.

    Hopefully From Software will be left alone though to do what they do best only with more resources.

  • malek86

    This turn of events is strange. First, they make a sequel without a bunch of key people from the first two games. And then they give up their independency, which has lasted for 28 years. Is anything going on under the hood at From?

  • Tarkovsky

    Great move for both sides. Kadokawa are not afraid to invest in new IPs. Time for Miyazaki and From to go wild!

  • David García Abril

    It’s impressive how Kadokawa is becoming an entertainment juggernaut!

    Who would have thought of that less than a decade ago, when they were just started to become popular thanks to the likes of “Lucky Star”.

    • Armane

      With you maybe, they’ve been in the business for a lot longer than that.

      • David García Abril

        I know. The company was created in the 50s, if I recall correctly. But they were completely unknown to Western audiences before then, and I understand in Japan they were even a niche publisher.

        All of that changed thanks to “Haruhi Suzumiya” and “Lucky Star” tanking the whole world by storm.

  • TheSoullesOne

    Sooo should we expect a amored core dark souls game with gigantic mecha monsters and Godzilla sized demons

  • Lynx

    Do not want.

    Stop taking things I like, Kadokawa.

  • mujokujeafataotkiva

    goodbye creative freedom, hello mediocrity.

  • Göran Isacson

    Iiii… have no idea what this will even mean. What’s the history been for previous moves like this? I don’t think Kadokawa would try to take Dark Souls away since it seems like that game is one of From Softwares biggest moneymakers, but if they will expect From Software to start developing games based on Kadokawa properties inbetween Souls-franchise downtime… well. One wonders how that will work out. Will it be too much for the developers? Or will it perhaps be a welcome reprieve for them, a way to stay afloat and maybe couple down on making Souls games until they actually have nice ideas for a possible follow-up?

    • neocatzon

      The closest thing I can think of was oculus acquisition by FB. Huge company absorb a small developer. It’s weird that they take Dark Souls? Maybe to use the ip for something else like manga or anime, I dunno. As long they let From Software to do anything they want it will be fine, I hope so. Maybe from all of this From Software can get bigger budget on their projects.

      Of course the most weirdest thing is why From Software ditch their independency and the “coalescence” part of that mutual benefit. What content are they talking about? Kancolle dlc on Dark Souls?

      • Göran Isacson

        Yeah, I do wonder why that is. I hope that it’s just not that their shareholders want the money involved in the deal, and that there’s something in this that will really help out From Software as well.

  • Roberto

    now wait for KancollexSouls Crossover

  • Kornelious

    Wait a second……Kodakawa games….The people who made Demon Gaze, ought out FromSoftware, the people who made Dark Souls………Didn’t see that coming, really thought it would be the other way around lol. I just hope this doesn’t change anything like TK did to Gust :(

    • MrTyrant

      Demon Gaze, Kancolle, Natural Doctrine and plenty of animes/mangas.

      • Kornelious

        They made Natural Doctrine and Kantai Collection too!? Maybe they’re more popular than I thought…..Still it seems odd to me, I though Bamco, Capcom, or even Sega would’ve bought them. (Thank god Crapcom didn’t)

        • WyattEpp

          “Popular”… is debatable. It is, however, a gross understatement to say that Kadokawa Group is ENORMOUS.

          • Kornelious

            Wow they’re that big? Then why did Demon Gaze have such low production value? (Though it is a great game either way)

          • WyattEpp

            I guess games just aren’t their forte? Traditionally they’re a publisher (something like the tenth-largest non-academic publisher in the world), though they’ve been taking strides to diversify. But yes, very big.

  • Fenrir

    My god, moeblob content better not come even close to Dark Souls….

  • Skeptika Crediblus

    Hopefully this means I’ll be able to go through the Dark Souls games piloting an Armored Core mecha, just so I can finally show all those monsters hiding behind things just how funny they are.

  • Aristides

    I hope this doesn’t ruin the company X_X FS has a pretty good pedigree and some awesome franchises…. I don’t want to see Armored core the social card game or Dark Souls pachinko…

  • SirRichard

    They had been doing well by themselves for so long, why let themselves be bought over now? This is ominous news, best we can hope for is that Kadokawa just don’t interfere, From were doing fine by themselves.

  • DyLaN

    Eh, I wouldn’t diss Kadokawa/FS yet. I mean, ppl are freaking out over the Sega/Atlus fiasco but it turn out OK. Or at the very least give it a year or two.

    • KuroNathan

      I have to protest this one, I love rhythm games, I love Etrian Odyssey games, and I love Persona games. But please don’t mix them together. /ESPECIALLY/ when they shelve Etrian Odyssey 5 for a year in favor of Persona Q.

      While I’m probably going to end up getting the persona dancing game anyways in the end, I can’t help but feel like its a shameless cash grab by sega.

      • DyLaN

        =_= The way you phase it makes it sounds like EO is a yearly series which i don’t remember it is. Can’t you let the series take a break?

    • Lynx

      The difference is Sega had some semblance of quality control.
      Kadokawa’s game sector doesn’t.

      There’s also the fear of certain franchises ending. I’m a huge ACE fan but I think with this, it got a little harder for a new game to ever come out.

    • MrTyrant

      Like Lynx said. I wouldn’t fear so much for Soul as I would for ACE or Armored Core. The soul franchine is mainstream and if something good could happen is that they could invest in that popular game but what about the others?

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    Interesting. I hope they do good things with the series as Dark Souls 2 was awesome.

  • DesmaX

    inb4 Nisa publishes the next Souls game in the west

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    10 episode Dark Souls Anime when? Good pickup.

  • MrTyrant

    My little sunbro can be this cute…

  • HighBrowDrifter

    Demons/Dark Souls or King’s Field for moi Vita?

  • criperro

    Moe souls

  • Tiredman

    This is rather disheartening. They go from independent to having to answer to a bigger company. That doesn’t usually end well in the long term.

  • Chee Yang

    i just want a new Tenchu game.

  • ShinobiBrown

    This business move is hardly offensive and I think the people letting this bother them really don’t understand business at all. We have no reason to believe Kadokawa is going to strong arm From Software to not continue what they are doing. All this means is that they will be making money off them. People have to realize this is a deal From Software had to agree to. If it was going to interfere with their design philosophy (ie making games THEY like), I highly doubt they would have made the deal. Specially consider From Software isn’t a big company and weren’t exactly in the red. I’d rather Kadokawa buy up From Software than any company with a western division because the last thing we need is a company forcing From Software to cater to the mainstream western market.

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