Dark Souls dev acquired by Kadokawa Games

Japanese media conglomerate Kadokawa has acquired From Software, developer of games like Dark Souls, Armored Core, and Otogi.

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Japanese media conglomerate Kadokawa has acquired From Software, developer of games like Dark Souls, Armored Core, and Otogi. According to Famitsu, the company purchased 80% of the developer from previous owners Trans Comos, and plans on making it a subsidiary of Kadokawa Games. The sale is expected to conclude on May 21st.

Kadokawa is best known as the publisher of manga and magazines, including Escaflowne and Evangelion. However, they're also responsible for a number of largely-for-Japan games, including Killer is Dead, Demon Gaze, and the upcoming Natural Doctrine. Given the success of Dark Souls worldwide, it's likely the acquisition of From will help Kadokawa broaden their global appeal.

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    April 28, 2014 8:00 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Dark Souls dev acquired by Kadokawa Games.

    Japanese media conglomerate Kadokawa has acquired From Software, developer of games like Dark Souls, Armored Core, and Otogi.

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      April 28, 2014 8:00 AM

      Let the fearmongering begin!

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        April 28, 2014 8:12 AM

        Just let them leave FROM alone so they can create more great (Souls) games.

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        April 28, 2014 9:16 AM

        Not far fetched. Well what does this acquisition mean? And why on earth would From Software let the Dark Souls IP go?

        It really feels like "WTF?"

        Is it a positive thing who knows I don't know Kadokawa Games I am googling them now...

        Usually acquisition are never positive.

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          April 28, 2014 9:20 AM

          Well to me this does not mean anything, because From Software is a Subsidiaries of Kadokawa Shoten which has Kadokawa Games.

          Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kadokawa_Shoten

          So really it seems like business as usual, unless I got it wrong from what I just read.

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            April 28, 2014 9:25 AM

            I hope it results in more support staff and resources instead of oversight.

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          April 28, 2014 10:57 AM

          No, usually the only time you hear much about acquisitions is when it ends up not being a positive. Most acquisitions happen and are then forgotten about because the company is just thought of as part of the company that acquired them, such as Android.

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      April 28, 2014 10:01 AM

      Is it time to quake in fear while tightly clenching the rear?

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      April 28, 2014 10:01 AM

      *looks blankly around, seeking insight into how I am supposed to react*

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      April 28, 2014 10:45 AM

      Well, the manga they published is very solid.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kadokawa_Shoten#Manga_titles_published

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        April 29, 2014 12:50 AM

        They also publish light novels, and produce/fund TONS of anime (there isn't a single season where Kadokawa isn't in the credits somewhere). They're fucking huge.
        Their game stuff isn't as big, aside from break-out hit KanColle, so that's probably why they made this acquisition (I heard the two companies shared some members too?).

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      April 28, 2014 11:00 AM

      they were already owned by a conglomerate ( trans comos )