Why Dark Souls isn't on mobiles

From Software developers concerned about touch controls negatively impacting the experience.


Many popular franchises have mobile versions, but From Software's Dark Souls series is going to stick with consoles for the foreseeable future. Namco Bandai director of global strategy for mobile Alex Adjaj told Digital Spy that the publisher is interested in bringing the franchise to smartphones and tablets, but getting From Software on board is proving challenging.

"We'd like to bring Dark Souls to mobile, but it's very difficult because the guys at From Software are very much console-oriented," Adjaj said. "To change their mind about it, it takes quite a while."

"The leads on Dark Souls are saying we don't want to do mobile because the controls would have to be changed, and therefore it won't be Dark Souls anymore," he added.

Still, Adjaj would not rule out the possibility that the Dark Souls franchise could make the leap to mobiles some day.

"At the same time, you have a growth in controllers for mobile. I think it's not an impossible case scenario to see a Dark Souls game coming to mobile at some point," he said.

"But the truth is that the conversations we have with device manufacturers are saying the first control they want is glass, obviously, it's not controller or joystick," he added. "They want people to use glass to control the game, so it's a bit difficult, but we're getting there."

Dark Souls II launches for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on March 11, 2014. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Dark Souls II.


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