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It’s Namco’s call whether Dark Souls is released on PC, says From Software

Saturday, 10th March 2012 14:10 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

From Software’s head of R&D, Masanori Takeuchi, has said the studio is well aware of the desire for a PC release of Dark Souls, but ultimately, the decision is entirely Namco’s.

Speaking in an interview GameTrailers, Takeuchi said if the publisher decided the game should be ported, From Software would oblige.

“That’s going to be a decision left up to the publisher, but yes, we have seen the comments and we do know of the desire for a PC version,” he said on the matter.

According to DSOgaming, back in February Namco’s forum administrator, shoupinou, posted on the site that he couldn’t say whether Namco was working on a PC port or not, but he wanted to get in touch with the person who started the Dark Souls PC petition.

The petition currently has 87,500 signatures which is surely enough to apparently garner interest from Namco, to a degree.

Now, we just need to keep our fingers crossed.

Thanks, Edo.

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18 Comments

  1. deadstoned

    It’ll sell Namco, I’ll certainly buy it :)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Edo

    You’re welcome Steph,btw I personally think that there ‘s a slim chance that it will happen since we now that Namco Bandai doesn’t care about PC gaming(to put it politely).

    #2 2 years ago
  3. mehdidante

    @2 agreed . as i said before , thats why i dont like Japanese studios . they suddenly decide to release a game for a platform and suddenly they decide to not to release the next one . i played DMC 3 and 4 with my pc and now the next one is not coming for pc . look at my nickname , and u know my anger . porting a game for pc is not big of a deal . look at alan wake . but still , its they’re call and we wait to see they’re decision.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Phoenixblight

    “porting a game for pc is not big of a deal .”

    It is in fact a big deal. The cost of testing the game just for the PC is exponentially higher than the cost of testing for a console. And if the game doesn’t sell well enough for one console then the publisher and developers will find no point in throwing money into it if it will not return a profit.

    ” look at alan wake .”

    2 years later and Remedy had given the porting to a 3rd party to create Alan Wake on the PC.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Kabby

    It would sell well but a straight port would be a short sighted move.

    Add the ability to mod it and the game will sell for years to come.

    You capitalise from Skyrim bringing the medieval fantasy genre back into focus and become a name on the Steam Workshop. You then have the choice to port Demon Souls for guaranteed sales.

    Or you could just keep funding bad Naruto games and screw up the Ridge Racer franchise.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Maximum Payne

    @4 I think they assist Remedy with porting.
    Just like they didn’t port daemon souls to xbox 360 so IMO they shouldn’t port dark souls to pc either.Just wait for next sequel.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. YoungZer0

    Oh please god no. We have enough shitty ports already and From Software still hasn’t fixed a thing on the console version.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. MFBB

    It is a big deal, can costs lots of money.

    I dont think they would even sell 100.000 copies on PC.
    All the fans have it already and it is not a mainstream game.

    Those 80.000 something petition people will not be 80.000 sales, as always.

    If Devil May Cry etc would have sold good on PC, you would also get your PC ports for the sequels…but the numbers made clear that its not worth it.

    But i am really happy that they will continue with the “souls” games.

    So looking forward to the next part after those 2 awesome titles.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Old MacDonald

    4: “2 years later and Remedy had given the porting to a 3rd party to create Alan Wake on the PC.”

    And still the PC version became profitable in under 48 hours.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Phoenixblight

    @6

    Right most devs have their Go to for porting but that was my point. Remedy couldn’t do it them self so they had to pick up a 3rd party in order to create the PC version.

    @9

    Because the game was originally announced for the PC. They had a market waiting for the PC version. From Software doesn’t have that market and Namco will most likely not take the risk. Not to mention that the game was made for the 360 which makes it quite easy to go to PC all it really comes to is allowing scale-ability with hardware and testing all the possible configurations for the PC market. Really I would say the cost of porting Alan Wake would be 200k-1 million.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Talkar

    @10
    Of course there is a market waiting for the PC version. Who do you think signed the petition?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Phoenixblight

    @11

    30K was not the driving force of making a PC port. They had a great thing going for it; the price point and the cost of development for the port.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. brotherhoodofthewolf

    i’d buy a PC version in a heartbeat. hope it happens.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. The_Red

    That sad part is that even if Namco does release a PC version, it will probably be such a bad port that the end result will not only disappoint most PC RPG fans but also tarnish the name of this game.

    It will sell badly due to the horrible nature of the port and in return Namco will say that PC gamers don’t like this type of game and thus will distance itself even more from PC.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Tuco

    “The petitioner’s goal was to have 100,00 signatures, but it fell a bit short of the mark with 87,500.”

    I’m sorry but… What the hell are you talking about?
    There was not any established goal of 100,000 signatures and this result is already far above our initial, most optimistic previsions.
    Hell, everything above 30K was already way above our initial expectations, actually.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Stephany Nunneley

    Because the two other posts I read on the matter implied as such – but re-reading the line in DSO’s link it is NOT implied. So that is what the “hell” I was on about. And, hell I am glad everything above 30K was above expectations. So kudos etc. This has been noted in the post.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Tuco

    Well, ok, I get it. Sorry for being a bit rude.
    It just was a bit annoying to read an attempt to downplay with a baseless claim what I think was an impressive result.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. IrrationalGamer

    They should put it on Steam to get it out to consumers and (hopefully) prevent piracy.

    Steam, Namco. It’s the way of the future.

    #18 2 years ago

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