Kadokawa Buys From: “Armored Core Collection”


The latest big buyout to happen in Japan’s none too lively gaming industry already has plenty of fans worried – Kadokawa has just announced its purchase of From Software, makers of the Armored Core, Dark Souls and Tengu series, amongst others.

Kadokawa announced the planned purchase of 80% of From Software Corporation and its incorporation into the Kadokawa group as a subsidiary, netting former owners Transcosmos extraordinary profits of over 1.7 billion yen.

Various nonsense about game development synergies has been spouted as part of the official announcement, although as usual there is some suspicion that their main interest is simply grabbing Dark Souls and Armored Core franchises.

The announcement also came with some mention of “moving away from simple hardware platforms to wider provision of services through the cloud” from the CEO of From Software – instantly interpreted as “browser and smartphone games” by those of a less trusting nature.

The online response could only be less favourable if Bandai had nabbed the company:

“No! The next Armored Core will be nothing but DLC parts now…”

“You’ll have to pay for repairs with real money soon it seems.”

“I can only dread what kind of light novels this could spawn.”

“Not another victory for Kadokawa. Expect all manner of anime and manga featuring these franchises now.”

“Could finally mean some From games on Nintendo platforms though.”

“The From CEO has basically revealed what they intend with his comments – cloud gaming can only mean social games.”

“I expect they have given up on the prospect of developing anything for the PS4…”

“If they keep the franchises going, good. But with Kadokawa they may really just want the development teams and have no interest in the properties.”

“I have a vision of an Armored Core Collection just like Kantai Collection.”

“Worse yet there could be a bishoujo version of Armored Core…”

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    Avatar of Neonie
    Comment by Neonie
    08:54 30/04/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    The header picture almost got me excited that a company I've heard of bought Kantai Collection and that would give possible hope to a Kancolle with English in it (I hesitate to say "localization" because fuck "localizing" things, I just want a translation).

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:08 30/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You really don't need a translation to play Kancolle unless you have a severe learning disability.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:24 30/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Will be nice to know what those girls are saying in case they are calling us shitty admiral right in our face.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:54 30/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    One of them does say that but she's very clear about it anyway lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:13 30/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not in the game myself, doesnt really look that hard to play and once you learn the commands it just becomes patterned. Seems a pain to be able to sign up for it now though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:23 03/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    This, I was going to try it out and see what all the fuss is about but the sign up process was a stupid. I mean a lottery to get the right to play a game?

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    Comment by Benoist
    19:50 30/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    "fuck "localizing" things, I just want a translation" you deserve a +1.1

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:17 01/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    My poor Armored core be moe....oh shitt.

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    Comment by Wierd Guy
    01:50 01/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guys look forward to anime waifu souls, where you can have a harem of succubus and other female demons

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    Comment by Uber
    01:25 01/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tenchu, not Tengu.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:30 30/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't wait for Waifu Souls!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:02 01/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just got an idea. You will woo a witch. To successfully woo a witch, you must first survive the many spells she cast that backfires. And the various monstrous things that she summoned accidentally. You will die, alot, but it's okay, you are an undead so you can always come back to try again. You spend souls to upgrade stats to help you better survive all the magical mishaps that will occur.

    Along the way you must battle the various bosses that will want the witch out of the way, up to and including Seath of all people. However, the final challenge you must fight the Bed of Chaos for the witch's hand in marriage. The Bed of Chaos is NG++ difficulty, and this is just normal mode.

    Good luck.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:59 01/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Living with Liru and Uma I deal with backfiring magic all the time.

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    Comment by Cabulb
    05:36 01/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    My Little Armored Core can't be this Moe ~

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:01 01/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    That is NOT good.

    Why? This is the company who has earn HOW MUCH profit from the last quarter of the year, yet Kantai Collection is still reserved to JPN shores. Also, did I mention DLC content yet?

    The future of Armored Core (which I'm a big fan of) feels bleak at best.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:13 30/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they ruin Armored Core, the entire fanbase will do to them what Jack-O did to Ravens' Ark.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:49 30/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Armored Core has already been ruined.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:46 30/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    this,armored core died when they ironically left the story of for answer unanswered and abandoned the fast paced sixty fps with primal armor and started calling the quick boost high boost.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:58 30/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    “Could finally mean some From games on Nintendo platforms though.”
    hope so... but i don't think this will happen

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:54 30/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seeing there is no dlc in natural doctrine , and that the difficulty of this game pretty much confirm kadokawa won't try to casualize dark soul more than it already is , i'm not that worried about this news really .

    Honestly no matter the actual flaw of Natural doctrine , it must be the first time in a long while were a company actually tried to polish their game as a game and not as some sort of eye candy , a step in the right direction for the japanese industry IMO .

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    Comment by Renzo
    09:48 30/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everything that can be sold, should be sold. Good job CEO !

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:47 30/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    As regards the character very interesting concept, but visually recalls the old PS1 games ..
    With this wave of indie games just need to bring the colorful pong game, and call innovative idea ..
    Thanks nintendo .....

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    Comment by Erranty
    12:05 30/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's a lot they could do here other than Dark Souls and Armored Core.

    Another Century's Episode has been in need of a revamp for a while.

    And as long as they stay true to the designs that work (ie: not DLC) they should do fine. Though I could see ACE as an online game much like KanCo, where you buy new units as new anime comes out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:45 30/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I want an animu style game with dark souls gameplay. Please make it happen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:42 01/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Elfen Lied, except reversed. You are a normal soldier who can come back again and again. You must fight the Diclonii. You got an upgradable machine gun and armour that at the start is as good as a BB Gun and Tissue Paper. Good luck.

    Comment by Anonymous

    We can't even play kantai collection and now they're stealing Armored Core from us?

    Fuck Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:41 01/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    From Software, the developer behind Armored Core, is a Japanese company last I check.

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