From Software acquired by Kadokawa

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From Software is best known for its gloriously intense and difficult Dark Souls (and Demon Souls) series. Some of you may not know, but the studio didn’t actually have a publisher – it was distributed by Bandai Namco globally. But now they have a publisher, and might get a whole new level of support.

According to a press release translated by CVG, Kadokawa has acquired the killer game studio. Kadokawa is best known as a manga publisher, publishing well known series such as Cowboy Bebop and Neon Genesis Evangelion. However, they have already moved into the video game world, publishing the Japanese version of Killer is Dead and Lollipop Chainsaw. In that press release, Kadokawa expressed:

We are planning to expand our position in this business with both Kadokawa Games and From Software. We have planned a series of discussions aimed at co-operation: expanding and developing both companies while taking advantage of their areas of expertise.

It apparently goes on to say that From Software will be able to take advantage of development and marketing resources and that both studios are expected to produced new game IP targeted at Western markets. At this point, Kadokawa doesn’t publish in the West – could this be a sign that they will be expanding their publishing, or simply branching out with development? 

I wouldn’t mind seeing a collaboration to bring out a Dark Souls manga. The lore and story of that universe is so rich, it could be really interesting to see it brought to life in that medium. It would be difficult to bring the death and despair of the Hollowing as well as the game does, but perhaps a manga could explain the back story of some characters or highlight the lore so that people know it’s about more than just death.

Last Updated: April 29, 2014

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