Dark Souls developer From Software purchased by Lollipop Chainsaw publisher Kadokawa

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Dark Souls and Dark Souls II developer From Software has been bought by Japanese publisher Kadokawa.

Kadokawa will acquire a majority 80 per cent share of From Software's stock, reported Siliconera, and the deal will be finalised on May 21. The amount of money spent on the deal was not reported.

The bulk of From Software's success in the West now comes from the Dark Souls series, but the developer is also responsible for the Armoured Core and Tenchu games. From Software also developed 2004's Japan-only Xbox shooter Metal Wolf Chaos, where you played as an ousted US president attempting to regain control of his country with an uber-powerful mecha.

Kadokawa is a Japanese publishing group that deals is anime, manga, video games, and video games. It's probably most well-known over here for publishing Lollipop Chainsaw and Killer is Dead.

"With a new system, from this point on, I believe we'll be able to make newer and more in depth games," said From Software boss Naotoshi Zin.

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Gankstar_VX84
Gankstar_VX84

I love the dark souls games, I have the collectors editions and the big demons souls edition. love the games. and now I know why theese lads made tenchu! best fuckin games ever! what I would do for a true next gen tenchu with demons in it lol, like onimusha meets dark souls. DO IT YOU FUCKERS!

shingui5
shingui5

Incoming next-gen port:

Kawaii Souls: Notice me senpai edition. 

tightwad34
tightwad34

I don't think this is going to affect the Souls games in a bad way. From knows what the fans want and a lot of people were afraid DSII was going to be dumbed down. The only gripe I have is the enemies not respawning after 15 kills, or whatever it is. At least there's the bonfire ascetics.  Even with that, or without the ascetics, I think the game is quite harder than DSI. Of course there are those who say the opposite and also those that agree with me. Same goes for those that have difficulties with certain bosses while some of us don't. We all have our different experiences which is one reason that makes Dark Souls so unique. And I have every confidence that won't change when the next entry comes for the PS4/Xbox1.  

raiden_gaiden
raiden_gaiden

Kadokawa is a Japanese publishing group that deals is anime, manga, video games, and video games, as well as video games, but mostly video games, because video games.

X-RS
X-RS

Dont forget Otogi GS!

berethor099
berethor099

 Well in the U.S and perhaps the whole NA region Lollipop Chainsaw was published by WB Games.  NOT Kodaawa games.  


Nice job being brief and not including details in your "news" post.  


Gamespot doesn't know what Journalism is. 

Penguinlord1
Penguinlord1

Well at least we got 3 great games out of the Souls series? I guess? Nah..this news makes me sad...

BlackSheepWalls
BlackSheepWalls

Please do not destroy the souls games. They are my favourite!

strrckshn
strrckshn

This has got me thinking. When EA buy out a smaller developer, do they buy the whole thing in one go, or do they buy most of it and get the rest later as DLC?

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

"Kadokawa is a Japanese publishing group that deals is anime, manga, video games, and video games"


But the question is....do they deals with video games?

Or just....video games?

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

Yes!!!  The more they can make Dark Souls like Lollipop Chainsaw the better the Souls series is going to be!  Funny thing is, I'm kind of kidding and kind of not, I think a valid argument could be made either way on that statement.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

"Kadokawa is a Japanese publishing group that deals is anime, manga, video games, and video games"

You guys really need an editor.

hikaruai
hikaruai

Awesome, they r pretty good as far as publishers go

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

This could be the beginning of the end for the souls franchise. then again it could make the franchise even better. only time will tell. tbh, I couldn't care less. We already have enough souls games, its time for something fresh.

shingui5
shingui5

"Oh i'll fool you no longer. You'll lose your IPs. All of them. Again and again and again. Hehehehehehe" 

smolle
smolle

what the ?....NO PLEASE !!!!

nayce54
nayce54

"I am RICH, RICH! I just sold 80% of my wares to Kadokawa..., but Home.. where is home?"

- Maughlin the Armorer

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

I know Dark Souls is the fan favorite from From Software, but maybe after this they can make a decent Armored Core game. Loved that game back on PS1 days. 

Sanligo
Sanligo

I've got a bad feeling about this.

berserker66666
berserker66666

Well I guess it's a good thing? We'll see in the next souls series. Hope they don't fuck up From Soft and their way of making games.

berserker66666
berserker66666

Kadokawa is a Japanese publishing group that deals is anime, manga, video games, and video games. lolwat? Major typo. Someone forgot their glasses today.

nayce54
nayce54

Yay!! Maybe we will get some boobs in the Dark Souls 3!

DarkblueNinja
DarkblueNinja

@strrckshn  Haha you make me laugh my a*s off XD

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Thanatos2k Supposedly Eddie is, or was the editor. Maybe he got a well deserved demotion.

nobody490
nobody490

@Thanatos2k "Kadokawa is a Japanese publishing group that deals is anime, manga, video games, and video games ...aaaaannd you know WHAT?.... video games." ;)

Bray209
Bray209

@nayce54 In all seriousness though, From Software need serious help making female character models.

bfa1509
bfa1509

@nayce54  Can you imagine all the yellow signs along the lines of: "Be wary of chest, therefore look carefully" or "Imminent beanpole, therefore try holding with both hands" etc.

xbr85
xbr85

@nayce54 In Dark Souls, go to Anor Londo and thou shalt see bewbs...

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

@horizonwriter @Sanligo I agree that this sends bad vibes, but your spider sense may be because of a terrible Spiderman game releasing soon.

sinclairhxc
sinclairhxc

@fatee @nayce54

ban me instead for telling you to stop being so f***ing insecure.  Kadokawa has games with boobs.  the Souls series doesn't necessarily sell itself on super-sexualized aspects.  hence, why this is a joke and funny.


also, men are attracted to boobs.  yes, this is human nature.  usually, when you're fond of something you enjoy it, and can even discuss it, being that wealso have mouths and can speak.. being that we are human beings... some of us with boobs, others attracted to them... or both.


get over your gender and stop victimizing yourself as if human nature is something new and offensive.  men like womens private parts, private parts can be funny, the use of private parts in media can be goofy, offensive, or alluring, either way, effective.  get over it.

nayce54
nayce54

@fatee @nayce54You should, but please don't. I LOVE GAMESPOT!!! Wish you could post pictures in the comments though, or that someone would teach me how!

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@gamingnerd121  lol  Nice.


I'm not sure if it will be outright terrible, but I'm betting it'll be very "meh" just like the first ASM game was. About the only thing they really nailed well in that game was the appropriately witty dialogue. Everything else was a tribute to idea theft and mediocrity. 

shingui5
shingui5

@nayce54 @xbr85  

Thou art missing epic bewbage. 

sinclairhxc
sinclairhxc

@nayce54 @consumed_chaos@fatee shut up Gamespot is hardly reputable.  there are other places u can go and get bashed for making a boob joke by over-sensitive trolls who have never learned to deal with their insecurities or reality.

nayce54
nayce54

@consumed_chaos @fateeI was being uncouth and perhaps sexist. I am sorry to the Gamestop fans. "I will return to my silence" - Head of Vengarl