Neoseeker : News : Kadokawa Games acquires 80% stake in From Software, Armored Core and Dark Souls developer
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THM Apr 28, 14
Should also acquire K2 and Fromsotware both. Will we see Tenchu 4 on PlayStation 4?!!
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bluexy Apr 28, 14
THM I'd love to see a next-gen Tenchu!
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S-I-E Apr 28, 14
just 80% of it? what kind of barbecue is that!
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ddurwood Apr 28, 14
I would be very surprised if they messed with From's current console market formula. You don't buy a company and then screw with what was making that company successful, unless there are problems in the company.

So I'm an industry insider, but I don't know the Japanese Market. However, from what I have seen of the mobile market, it is pretty obvious that while mobile has a huge customer base and very large potential, it is extremely limited in the types of games and the price points that can be successful for games. I believe that the fairly successful introduction of the two new major consoles and the continued success of Steam for PC, means that the demand for higher price-point hard core games will continue to increase.

We have 13m new console customers for PS4 and Xbox One in just the first quarter. This definitely means that in the coming years we will continue to see console games supplying the hard core market, which is great in my opinion.

I just don't see AAA games ever coming to mobile with the freemium or pay-to-win model (which are the only ways to be successful in mobile for most titles.) These progressive models require a very small number of players to support a very large audience. This may be ok for card games or candy crush, but balanced multiplayer models cannot be supported this way. Multiplayer in general is limited on mobile as well.

There is still plenty of stable revenue available on consoles and PC's for the hard core market, so I suspect this is just someone cashing out on an investment, rather than a course change.
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Crafter Apr 28, 14
Interesting move, I wonder what will come of it,

quote ddurwood
You don't buy a company and then screw with what was making that company successful, unless there are problems in the company.
RIP Rareware ;-;
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ddurwood Apr 28, 14
True, I never said it never happened... just saying it isn't a wise business move. EA seems to do it a lot (Bioware for example.)
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SpartanNinja Apr 29, 14
Kadokawa is not slouch at making games (such as Lunar) but seriously we like From Software for 2 reasons. Armored Core and Souls. You mess with either and the hardcore base of both disappears. They are popular because they make these games which for the most part are unique.

This more or less acquisition threatens both if Kantai collection is any indication.
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Lorx Apr 29, 14
A person Souls fans probably know well gave his opinion today;



Seems like a solid opinion, all makes sense. I am not really worried about Kadokawa attempting to make Souls/AC games into things they're not. They bought the company because it does what it does very well, and they should know better than to try and change that without good reason. I'm a bit hesitant at the idea of a Souls anime/manga/etc only because the lore of the Souls series is very murky and open to interpretation, which is something many fans very much enjoy. While it'd certainly be possible to try and make an Evangelion of sorts, a show which does an excellent job of leaving open questions for the viewer, I don't especially hold much hope for a video game adaption to manage that. AC anime? Sure why not, super awesome mecha fun time or whatever. Souls...maybe not so much. But hey, we had that DkS2 manga prior to release that was alright, so who knows, maybe it's possible to make an adaption of the Souls series which doesn't suck, or take away from the games.

I'm willing to see what Kadokawa does, maybe they'll turn out to be an EA, gobbling up good companies and mulching out horrible results after acquisition, maybe not.
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SpartanNinja Apr 29, 14
True. Lore in DS being what it is though you can set up the universe without any issues. Which a short anime may well be able to do. Or even a CG movie though that much more doubtful. In any case it will inevitably be entirely directed at fans.
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Lorx Apr 29, 14
quote SpartanNinja
True. Lore in DS being what it is though you can set up the universe without any issues. Which a short anime may well be able to do. Or even a CG movie though that much more doubtful. In any case it will inevitably be entirely directed at fans.
Breaking news, animated movie announced by Kadokawa: Man of Steel: The Iron Tarkus Story
quote Kadokawa's PR Department
What, you thought this was going to be some Japanese-made Superman movie? Come now the western version was bad enough! Iron Tarkus could beat that man up yo, he's Iron Tarkus! You can't mess with this guy! Yeah right he died in Anor Londo, he just took off his armor because it was weighing him down!
I'm ready Kadokawa, make it so!
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SpartanNinja Apr 30, 14
quote Lorx
Breaking news, animated movie announced by Kadokawa: Man of Steel: The Iron Tarkus Story
Well shit I must be a prophet!

On the other hand Iron Tarkus was simply a guy who failed where the player succeeded later. So you can make the story about him entierly risk free he just has to die eventually.
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Lorx Apr 30, 14
Tarkus must have lived! He was far too manly to have died. Even his mortal enemy, being thrown off a ledge, is not enough to scuff his armor.
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Wakaman Apr 30, 14
Oi, if anyone gets a superhero inspired movie title it'll be Solaire. I mean the Superman/Sun references write themselves.
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SpartanNinja Apr 30, 14
quote Lorx
Tarkus must have lived! He was far too manly to have died. Even his mortal enemy, being thrown off a ledge, is not enough to scuff his armor.
... i dont think so. He is rather well liked though.
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