Dark Souls Studio Acquired by Killer is Dead Publisher

Dark Souls Studio Acquired by Killer is Dead Publisher

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Dark Souls studio From Software has been picked up by Japanese publisher Kadokawa.

Japanese publisher Kadokawa, best-known for publishing off-beat Japanese titles Lollipop Chainsaw and Killer is Dead, has picked up Dark Souls developer From Software. The publisher announced the acquisition today, stating that it aims to take advantage of the developer's worldwide influence.

From Software, which also produces the Armored Core and Tenchu series, will now work alongside Kadokawa Games, the company's existing video game subsidiary, with a degree of autonomy. The two companies will assist each other when it comes to development and marketing.

Of the acquisition, Kadokawa says that it plans to expand to new game platforms, overseas markets and more digital platforms, through the production of new video game IPs.

Dark Souls II, which was released to generally favorable reviews earlier in the year, has also proven to be a commercial success. It was no doubt this success that led to the acquisition.

As for what it means for the company, well, hopefully Kadokawa is smart enough to simply let From Software keep doing its thing, and develop the kind of titles it wants to develop.

Source: Gamasutra

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I feel like No More Heros is a better know title than Killer is dead. Anyways, Kadokawa is really a great studio and I look forward to hearing how the two studios collaborate.

I think it works well for both, even though Konami didnt seem to do much wrong with From Software I think Kadokawa wont involve much on the process either since they already have quite some unique quality niche games under their releases.

They cant publish a new Dark Souls game, right? Doesnt the IP belong to Konami? Is this going to be the same as with Demons Souls and Dark Souls or is From just supposed to do entirely new stuff that doesnt have anything to do with the Souls series, Tenchu or Armored Core (or even Kings Field)?

Maybe we'll get lollipop chainsaw port to the pc, I personally would really enjoy that. But I'm guessing kadokawa is seeing the value of going international instead of simply focusing on Japan, it's probably the experience they want mostly.

Hmmm, maybe now we might get an official import of the most [bandit_keith]AMERICAN[/bandit_keith] game ever made, Metal Wolf Chaos!

josemlopes:
I think it works well for both, even though Konami didnt seem to do much wrong with From Software I think Kadokawa wont involve much on the process either since they already have quite some unique quality niche games under their releases.

They cant publish a new Dark Souls game, right? Doesnt the IP belong to Konami? Is this going to be the same as with Demons Souls and Dark Souls or is From just supposed to do entirely new stuff that doesnt have anything to do with the Souls series, Tenchu or Armored Core (or even Kings Field)?

Sorry, but what's Dark Souls got to do with Konami? it was Bandai Namco that acted as the publisher and From Software that owns the IP rights.

I really don't know anything about this studio, but I think it's safe to say we won't have to worry too much about them limiting creative freedom.

josemlopes:
I think it works well for both, even though Konami didnt seem to do much wrong with From Software I think Kadokawa wont involve much on the process either since they already have quite some unique quality niche games under their releases.

They cant publish a new Dark Souls game, right? Doesnt the IP belong to Konami? Is this going to be the same as with Demons Souls and Dark Souls or is From just supposed to do entirely new stuff that doesnt have anything to do with the Souls series, Tenchu or Armored Core (or even Kings Field)?

No From Software made sure they own the copyright of Dark Souls, unlike Demon Souls, which is owned by Sony. And Namco Bandai is only a publisher for Dark Souls for international distribution, for local distribution, From Software publish themselves.

iniudan:

josemlopes:
I think it works well for both, even though Konami didnt seem to do much wrong with From Software I think Kadokawa wont involve much on the process either since they already have quite some unique quality niche games under their releases.

They cant publish a new Dark Souls game, right? Doesnt the IP belong to Konami? Is this going to be the same as with Demons Souls and Dark Souls or is From just supposed to do entirely new stuff that doesnt have anything to do with the Souls series, Tenchu or Armored Core (or even Kings Field)?

No From Software made sure they own the copyright of Dark Souls, unlike Demon Souls, which is owned by Sony. And Namco Bandai is only a publisher for Dark Souls for international distribution, for local distribution, From Software publish themselves.

My mistake, I thought it was Konami

Cool. Now they need to get to work on Dark Souls 3. I can't get enough of those games.

As long as froam keep the rights to dark souls and have creative freedom in that area it will be fine , if they screw with dark souls then they will die a thousand deaths.

I did not know froam published itself in japan thats interesting , you would think in this modern age of digital distribution they could get rid of bandi namco and just distribute digitally in the west, more phat profit to spend on chrisps and higher res textures :)

A new kings field would be cool! I have yet to get my hands on a copy in the UK its so frigging expensive over here.

Cool, if their work with Suda 51 is any indicator these guys are very much hands off and open to risks. That will certainly open up many doors to From if they ever decide to diverge onto new franchises.

It's a shame they insured the rights to the Darks Souls IP this time around, honestly, I would have preferred they lose it with this acquisition. We can all agree their need to recreate Demons Souls into Dark was arguably their best contribution to the series. Imagine, what they could have done with a fresh palette again (barring the Game Directors leaving) as opposed to the double dipping we got with DS II.

Frankly, I wouldn't mind either way if they made a Dark Souls III or {blank} Souls at this point, assuming that they are planning to evolve the formula one way or the other.

Kadowkawa lets devs make the games they want to make. I think I can safely say that I am cool with this.

So does this mean the likelihood of Suda 51 being one of the art directors for Dark Souls 3 is a possible thing? Cause 2 needed a better art direction, so they might as well reach out for something insane in the membrane.

Otherwise this is great news, definitely a trust worthy publisher.

Why do I feel like Dark Souls 3 will turn out to have sillier- more sexual bosses in the long run? It's not like Killer is Dead had some kinky things in it, did it?

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But this is surprising news. Didn't expect those two to pair up, but they sure as heck did. Not to mention that, I absolutely love Dark Souls and Dark Souls 2 so please... if, by any reason Dark Souls 3 gets made... don't butcher it. For some reason, the third game is always the killer in destroying franchises. Like how Dead Space 3 killed the Dead Space franchise. Most would consider Mass Effect 3 to be the killer of it's series despite I really feel fine with it now. But most games that enters the #3 stage ruins the franchise.

I hope they know what they're doing...

Steven Bogos:

Japanese publisher Kadokawa, best-known for publishing off-beat Japanese titles Lollipop Chainsaw and Killer is Dead, has picked up Dark Souls developer From Software.

This statement is only half-correct, actually. They're known in the west for publishing games. In Japan, though, they are a huge manga and light novel publisher, which is where most of their income is from. They're only recently really moving into the video game market. They've published, among plenty others, very popular works like Haruhi Suzumiya, Welcome to the NHK, and Code Geass.

But, yeah, I've heard that they do give their non-in-house studios like Suda 51 lots of creative freedom and aren't as pushy as, say, EA and nearly every other Western developer, or even Namco Bandai or Capcom. So far, at least.

hope this doesnt affect the development of PC ports

hopefully this means from cant use dark souls anymore and will have to create a new universe. i want some fresh new lore for the next souls title

Well, at least we can be sure this aquisition wont result in another merciless smothering of a spark of greatness.

So assuming FROM doesnt own the Dark Souls IP, i guess theres going to be a third Souls franchise in 2017 or so.

it'll be interesting to see where this goes. I do wonder what this means for Dark Souls since it's published by FS in Japan, but worldwide Namco has the rights.

Well, it seems like it's a studio that doesn't shy away from niche titles that try to have their own flavor. That's as good a place for the Dark Souls crew as any I could think of.

While they can't make another Dark Souls game most likely, as Namco probably has the rights, they don't have to. Spiritual successor is exactly how we got Dark Souls.

NuclearKangaroo:
hope this doesnt affect the development of PC ports

My concern right there. Japanese companies have a kind of, "what? people play games on the PC?" Sort of mentality. That being said, as their next game is probably going to be designed for next gen consoles and they've got porting experience now, I don't think there's a single reason why they wouldn't port their game and open up a new market for relatively little cost.

No! Why does this always happen. When companies merge, the way they make games changes drastically.

This means we will never get another good Dark Souls game, because they will never be the same now.

Dammit, money ruins everything.

Oh well.

Caramel Frappe:
Why do I feel like Dark Souls 3 will turn out to have sillier- more sexual bosses in the long run? It's not like Killer is Dead had some kinky things in it, did it?

>_> ...
<_< ...

Those were at the behest of Suda. So unless he happens to join From, I think our dreams of fighting a boss comprised of more boob than person won't be fully realized. :~)

I don't mind as long as we get the same From Software goodiness that is Dark Souls. I'm actually kinda stoked for this as I enjoy their games as well. Let's see where they go with this.

Hazy:

Caramel Frappe:
Why do I feel like Dark Souls 3 will turn out to have sillier- more sexual bosses in the long run? It's not like Killer is Dead had some kinky things in it, did it?

>_> ...
<_< ...

Those were at the behest of Suda. So unless he happens to join From, I think our dreams of fighting a boss comprised of more boob than person won't be fully realized. :~)

There's always the memories of Chaos With Quelaag, and the disturbingly high level of Priscilla fan art you can find on the web...

It's a nice change of pace to see a studio acquisition that not met with hostility. Then again, the publisher is home to Suda51

SlightlyEvil:
Hmmm, maybe now we might get an official import of the most [bandit_keith]AMERICAN[/bandit_keith] game ever made, Metal Wolf Chaos!

Oh god. Now you've gotten my hopes up. I must run to my American flag and pray to George Washington that this might happen

It's better than being in the hands of Bamco, that's for sure.

Anyway, not worried. If there's anyone who is used to being shuffled around by publishers it is From Software. You can practically make a timeline out of the publishers they've worked with.

PoolCleaningRobot:
It's a nice change of pace to see a studio acquisition that not met with hostility. Then again, the publisher is home to Suda51

SlightlyEvil:
Hmmm, maybe now we might get an official import of the most [bandit_keith]AMERICAN[/bandit_keith] game ever made, Metal Wolf Chaos!

Oh god. Now you've gotten my hopes up. I must run to my American flag and pray to George Washington that this might happen

Yeah, From Software changing publishers is not uncommon. In fact I am a little surprised they stayed with Bamco this long.

This probably works great for everyone, more money in Kadokawa´s pockets is great thing for future projects and From Software benefits from the creative freedom (And the fact that Kadokawa apparantly know what they are doing, since they keep publishing games that turns a profit despite having low sales and somewhat high production costs). I don´t think they could be working under a better publisher.

So, who else is trying to imagine Dark Souls with Suda51's influence?

 

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