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Dark Souls Dev Acquired by Kadokawa

by Eric Frederiksen | April 28, 2014April 28, 2014 7:30 pm PDT

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According to a report from Gamebiz translated by Siliconera, the developer behind the infamous Dark Souls series has been acquired by Japanese publisher Kadokawa.

The purchase will be finalized on May 21 and will have Kadokawa acquiring 80 percent of the company’s stock. From Software is, according to the report, currently set to remain a separate group alongside Kadokawa Games.

From’s CEO, Naotoshi Zin, sees the deal as allowing From to expand to new platforms and new regions. He sees the deal as having a positive impact on the games From creates as well, stating that “with a new system, from this point on, I believe we’ll be able to make newer and more in-depth games.”

We can only hope that having a big backer gives From Software the ability to create games like Dark Souls on a larger scale, but seeing independent developers picked up like this always makes us nervous. It’s easy for the people making the decisions to tell us how great this is going to be for everyone, only for the company to disappear into its new parent as soon as one of their games perform below overinflated expectations.

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Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...


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