UPDATE: Dark Souls 2 developer From Software bought by Kadokawa Shoten

Monday, 28th April 2014 08:43 GMT By Dave Cook

Dark Souls 2 developer From Software has reportedly been acquired by Japanese publisher Kadokawa Shoten.


DualShockers is reporting that the news originated from publisher Kadokawa Shoten’s earnings report, which was held in Tokyo last night, and that a following press release stressed that he deal was proposed to expand the reach and capability of both parties.

We will post the press release should an English version become available. Stay tuned.


Gamebiz reports – as translated by Siliconera – that the deal will be made final on May 21, and that Kadokawa stands to purchase 80% of the company’s stock. The team is said to be working alongside Kadokawa on its core games.

From Software CEO Naotoshi Zin has since discussed the deal via Famitsu, which when translated suggests that the deal will help From Software tap into new platforms from hardware and cloud tech, and expand its global outreach.

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

We’ll have more on this acquisition as it comes.



  1. Legendaryboss

    Da fuck? Wouldn’t Bamco be an ideal partner?

    #1 8 months ago
  2. The_Red

    This better not hurt the Souls series.
    Right now, that is the only series in gaming that hasn’t been ruined by any major franchise problems: (Franchise fatigue, micro transactions, dumbing down or quality drop)

    #2 8 months ago
  3. YoungZer0


    Currently at the gutter and I’m totally experiencing franchise fatigue.

    #3 8 months ago
  4. wamp


    Aren’t Bandai Namco the owners of the Dark Souls IP?

    #4 8 months ago
  5. Dragon

    @Legendaryboss , Red,
    Kadokawa is a big ass transmedia company (second biggest manga pub after Shuheisha afaik), probably bigger than any Japanese game pub except Ninty. It can be good for From Software, since unlike west, where most video game related transmedia stuff sucks, Dark Souls and other FS games can make good anime and mangas, as is case with Persona, Pokemon, and so many other japanese game IPs.

    #5 8 months ago
  6. Dark

    The bleeding continues.

    #6 8 months ago
  7. Dark

    oh shit.never mind.

    #7 8 months ago
  8. The_Red

    That bad? I haven’t had time to finish DS2 yet but so far, it feels like the good sort of sequel (MK2, Half-Life 2, Diablo 2, Silent Hill 2 and all other good sequels) as opposed to a bad one (Mario 2875, Halo 14, God of War Vengeance, Call of Duty 2015).

    True but IP doesn’t really matter (Sony has Demons IP but they kept the series alive with their design). Capcom has Lost Planet IP but look what happened when they gave it to a new dev.

    They can’t use DS and their other titles for manga or anime since those rights belong to Namco Bandai. Hopefully they just let FS make awesome games.

    #8 8 months ago
  9. ManuOtaku

    I am not a fan of dark souls, for a lot of reasons not worthy on posting at this time, but for the sake fo froms software and all the dark souls avid fans, i hope this doenst mean anything bad for the developers and the future of the series.

    #9 8 months ago
  10. Dragon

    @The_Red ,
    Or their future IPs. Anyway, I feel its good to be a part of such a company.

    #10 8 months ago
  11. wamp

    @8 in most cases IP matters a lot, but here I agree it doesn’t matter. The Majorety of the audiance will know their game, even if the next one is called Poop Souls :)

    #11 8 months ago
  12. polygem

    started it on the 25th…already at the final stretch. i will probably finish it in the next few days. great game. does anyone know how the soul levels will be handled for pvp? in dark souls 1 it was pretty much SL 120 i think. i am already SL 123 in DS 2 and i would love to keep levelling but would also like to pvp a bit with my current character. i think that i will probably finish my first playthrough around SL 150.

    @everyone on the fence about this series: don´t be. the game is hard but imo not even slightly frustrating. in fact it might even ruin other games for you because they will feel shallow to you. be aware of this. there´s a lot of internet myth going on regarding this series. the game is supermotivating and once it clicks you will be hooked forever.
    you just need to play this one slowly and let it grow on you. then you´ll be fine.

    if needed look stuff up on the dark souls wiki. focus on your build and your weapons and armour of choice. for the first playthrough, don´t experience too much. be a caster or a melee guy and stay with it. pimp the char out and kill demons!

    i finished metroid fusion too recently. THAT was a much harder game than dark souls.

    #12 8 months ago

Comments are now closed on this article.