Kadokawa acquires Dark Souls developer From Software
posted on 04.28.14 at 06:54 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Demon Gaze publisher to acquire 80 percent of shares on May 21.

From Software

Kadokawa Corporation has announced the acquisition Dark Souls and Armored Core series developer From Software.

The company will acquire 80 percent of the total number of shares of From Software from previous stakeholder Transcosmos in a transfer closing on May 21.

Together with its game subsidiary Kadokawa Games, Kadokawa Corporation hopes From Software will expand its business as a core company in the games industry. Both studios can make the best of each others’ expertise to mutually strengthen game development, as well as share resources.

Transcosmos expects to record an extraordinary gain of $1.75 billion yen (approx. $17 million USD) as a result of From Software’s sale.

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  • Ta23 Ta28

    I actually like this news.

    And I actually know Kadokawa well enough to not jump so quickly on the panic pessimistic train like some people regarding this news.

    • http://twitter.com/GNPixie Lynx

      The games that they have done have had little to no quality control though.

      At least when FS was independent, they had freedom. I get a feeling they only bought them for Souls to be honest.

  • http://Gematsu.com Vayne

    Well, must now await of the Xseed or Aksys to localize this game.

  • shogunknight

    Please dont discontinue Armored Core Series. I want more Armored Core

    • badmoogle

      It would be very dumb of them to discontinue AC an IP that is pretty big in Japan.
      Actually i hope they invest an even bigger budget for AC6’s development.I’d also love to see an AC exclusively for Vita,a platform that Kadokawa seems to support.

      • shogunknight

        Thats a nice option. An armored core with stable framerate is also very welcome.

  • badmoogle

    I really hope this is for the best of From Soft.I never knew that Kadokawa was big enough to be able to buy a studio like FS.
    And if they do anything that disrupts From Soft’s productivity and general philosophy i will be cursing Kadokawa forever.

  • Dark_N11

    Keep the animu out of my Dark Souls please.

    • Ta23 Ta28

      Add some animu in Souls games please.

      Dem bonus contents that tie-in to Kadokawa’s huge library of properties such as KanColle, Sword Art Online etc.
      Dark Souls with bishoujou artstyle where player character is gender-locked to female.
      Oh, and add some flashy special moves.

      Absolute masterpiece. I’d double dip.

      • MrRobbyM


      • Budgiecat

        we need visible downvote again…

    • sub_o

      Wasn’t Demon Souls / Dark Souls artwork inspired by Berserk? http://imagizer.imageshack.us/a/img834/2223/berserkanddemonssouls.jpg

      • MrRobbyM

        Inspired, yes, but the game itself isn’t anime style at all.

      • badmoogle

        Demon’s Souls has been inspired by many things though not just Berserk.

  • MyBodyIsReady

    Dark souls 2 is pretty weak as far as the souls series goes.

    • stephane3012

      Wow! An hipster!

      • MyBodyIsReady

        Yeah nice one.

      • MrRobbyM

        I’m a fan of the series, have played since Des and I agree with @MyBodyIsReady:disqus The director switch made for a weaker Souls game with areas that just aren’t as memorable. It also lacks the feeling of despair and atmosphere that both prior Souls games had.

        Don’t call other people hipsters just because you don’t agree with their opinion.

    • adhesive

      Nah, Dark Souls was probably the weakest. Neither of the Dark Souls games had a lot of atmosphere, but Dark Souls 2 had fantastic gameplay and fixed most of the problems present in the first game.

      • MrRobbyM

        The first Dark Souls areas were far more memorable and each area was distinct and well designed. Dark Souls 2’s areas are, as a whole, not as strong. Partially due to the weaker, less stylized lighting which made most areas look too bland and muddy. Thankfully there are already mods for the PC version that enhance the graphics but you shouldn’t rely on mods to fix a game.

        Another problem is that most magic/hexes/miracles make the game way too much of a walk in the park. Even pure melee builds don’t have it as hard as they did in DaS and DeS. Some regular enemies are tougher than regular enemies in the prior games but I feel both prior Souls games had many sections that were hard as hell and DaS2 is, to me, about the same average difficulty throughout the whole game.

        Not to mention less memorable bosses and music. I’m also getting invaded a LOT less than I did compared to both prior games. That can be considered a good thing but with it supposedly being a big feature of the game, I only got invaded twice during my first playthrough on PS3.I know the reasoning is because you don’t get the chance to do so until later in the game but I feel like that’s bad design imo.

  • Elvick

    Wonder if this will affect Dark Souls.

    • Bigabu Beaze

      Wonder how this will affect Armored Core.

      • 永次

        Wonder how this will affect a new Another Century’s Episode :(

        • Budgiecat

          Wonder how this will affect….tenchu…

    • David Curry

      Wonder how this will affect Metal Wolf Chaos!

      • 4shiki

        I want a PC port or something of that game, I just want to play it! ;_;

  • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

    Trust Kadokawa to turn the abomination that is Dark Souls and Dark Souls 2
    Change to to Moe Soul instead and gear that fanservice up instead of difficutly

    • Ta23 Ta28

      Yes. YES!

    • TheBlackRabbit

      LOL no

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      Nah, they’ll both up the moe AND the difficulty ;)

  • 罪罰

    Alrighty then.

  • uhawww

    KanColle x Armored Core pls.
    I wonder what White Glint would look like…

  • DarthBrian

    What is this strange news I woke up to? Or am I still asleep? o_O

    • Budgiecat

      We’re still asleep!

      Either that or the Higgs Boson Collider has finally pushed us into a parallel universe!

      • TheBlackRabbit


  • icup ✔️

    Nichijou Souls will be the best Souls yet.

  • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

    Kadokawa is on the warpath, so nice to see a corporation getting so serious about gaming.

  • LordKaiser

    ……….is this bad?

    • icup ✔️

      no… as long as FS staff remain the same. but once key employees start leaving then their quality will drop like Square Enix.

    • Ta23 Ta28

      Nah. It’s good news, really. I like how Kadokawa is quite focused on console gaming instead of smartphone bullshit despite being a huge money-making corporation

  • BlazingSkies

    Holy shit, this is a huge deal. What worries me most though is that people don’t seem to care at all – can’t read a single speculation about it. Oh well, their reasons don’t matter provided the next Souls game won’t be ruined.

  • Duc PC-QB

    I dont know if its good or bad but where is my Kankolle Vita ?

  • tokyobassist

    Otogi onegai shimasu.