Dark Souls developer From Software bought by Kadokawa

Will kindle a new relationship.

From Software, developer of Dark Souls and Dark Souls 2, has been bought out by Japanese publisher Kadokawa.

Kadokawa will acquire 80 per cent of From Software stock, Siliconera reported, in a deal to be finalised on 21st May. There's no word yet on how much money changed hands.

Despite only recently becoming famous in the West due to Dark Souls' rise in popularity, From Software was originally founded in 1986 and has numerous franchises to its name. Most notable is its mech action series Armored Core (now up to its 15th instalment) plus the long-running ninja franchise Tenchu.

The Kadokawa group, meanwhile, comprises a number of publishing companies that deal with games, films, books and magazines. The firm has previously published several Suda51 titles (such as Lollipop Chainsaw), but is also now focusing on development of its own titles, such as PS3, PS4 and Vita strategy game Natural Doctrine.

The two companies will both benefit from the buyout, From Software boss Naotoshi Zin stated, which will enhance game development.

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

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