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Japanese publisher Kadokawa buys ‘Dark Souls’ developer

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Kadokawa, the Japanese publisher of such manga as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Sgt. Frog and Cowboy Bebop, has announced plans to acquire video game company From Software.

According to Siliconera, Kadokawa Group will purchase 80 percent of From Software’s stock — a deal expected to be finalized by May 21 — and position the developer alongside the existing Kadokawa Games to work on the company’s core properties.

“We are planning to expand our position in this business with both Kadokawa Games and From Software,” Kadokawa said in a statement. “We have planned a series of discussions aimed at co-operation: expanding and developing both companies while taking advantage of their areas of expertise.”

Founded in 1986, the Tokyo-based From Software developed such franchises as Armored Core (the company’s largest), Tenchu and Dark Souls.

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