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Dark Souls developer aqcuired by Kadokawa Corporation

Dark Souls series developer From Software has been acquired by Kadokawa Corporation with the company set to become a subsidiary on 21 May. Gamebiz.jp reports that on 21 May 80 percent of the developer’s shares will be transferred to Kadokawa from the previous shareholder Transcomos.

While Kadokawa is largely known for publishing manga in Japan, it’s Kadokawa Games division — formed in 2009 — has been going from strength to strength, in Japan at least. Since forming, the publisher has released Killer is Dead and Lollipop Chainsaw.

In a press release — translated by CVG — Kadokawa states, “We are planning to expand our position in this business with both Kadokawa Games and From Software.” The company says it’s looking to a future of co-operation and expansion based on mutual expertise.

While too early to guess at what the purchase may mean for From Software and Dark Souls in the long run, it’s clear that Kadokawa are keen to get the most out of their new acquisition.

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