It appears as though the developers of the Dark Souls series, From Software, will have new partners going forward. According to a report by Siliconera, Lollipop Chainsaw publishers Kadokawa Games have purchased 80% of the stock in From Software, effectively joining to Kadokawa group.
Kadokawa Corporation, based in Tokyo, Japan, are responsible for a great deal of published manga, anime and video games. The goal of the acquisition, reportedly, is to expand their platform capabilities, work better within multiple regions around the world and to enjoy the “coalescence between content.” My guess is that Kadokawa means to expand the games content of From Software and bring it into other means and forms of entertainment properties (including collectibles, anime, manga, etc.).
While any acquisition will lead to speculation over a company staying true to themselves, I’m cautiously optimistic. The focus seems to monopolize upon the IP From Software own within merchandising, which is the least of concerns for those interesting in the stories and gameplay of games like Dark Souls and the Armored Core series. My biggest fear is that money-making schemes are implemented into future games, including microtransactions and Day 1 DLC.
Dark Souls II is the most recent game developed by From Software to be released, with the game now available on the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
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