According to a report published on Siliconera today From Software, the now renowned developers of the Dark Souls and Demon Souls games, have been bought up by Japanese publishers Kadokawa. The move is expected to be completed by the 21st of May, with Kadokawa acquiring 80% of From Software’s stock though no details have been released of how much money. or souls, were involved in the buyout.
Kadokawa consists of a group of publishing companies that not only work with video games, but also films, books and magazines. Over recent years, Kadokawa have worked with Suda51, publishing their games such as Lollipop Chainsaw and are now looking at developing their own games, the first of which is Natural Doctrine for the PS4 and PS Vita.
From Software have so far remained an independent developer and have been around since 1986, working on titles such as Armoured Core and Tenchu. More recently of course they began the Souls series of games, beginning with Demon’s Souls back in 2009 and then following up with Dark Souls and Dark Souls 2 which shot them to fame. So far From Software have had most of their games published by Namco Bandai, with a few others handled by Sega.
The buyout is said to benefit both companies, with From Software looking to bolster their resources and hardware and also greatly improve their global relations and marketing, stating that they hope to make ‘newer and more in depth games’.
Dark Souls 2 has recently released on the PC and has met with very high praise from fans and critics for being a much better effort than the poor PC port that the original Dark Souls saw with 1080p graphics and more importantly a much smoother, fixed 60fps framerate.
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