When someone says “FromSoftware”, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? I imagine most, if not all, people would have pretty much the exact same thoughts – the rage-inducing challenging Soulsborne games and all the creepy, eldritch horror enemies that inhabit them.
However, it looks like the studio may be making a pretty big change soon. As reported by IGN, FromSoftware’s parent company, the Kadokawa Corporation, revealed in its latest financial results report that it may use the studio to develop new games based on the anime and manga.
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Confused? Let’s step back for a bit of context. The Kadokawa Corporation is a massive Japanese media conglomerate, which owns a ton of different businesses, some of which focus on publishing (mostly books, manga, and visual media magazines), film (mostly feature films Japanese, international movies and anime), and more (thanks, Wikipedia).
To name a few examples, the company owns brands that released the cowboy bebop and Neon Genesis Evangelion manga series and Sword Art Online and angel beats animated series.
Now, getting back to the topic at hand, this new earnings report revealed that they plan to “use game adaptation resources within the group to create the next big hit from original works adapted to a video game adaptation. FromSoftware was just one of the “game adaptation resources” listed – Spike Chunsoft (who developed and published the Danganronpa series) and Gotcha Gotcha Games (the team behind RPG Maker) were also mentioned.
Unfortunately, that’s as far as the information goes by the minute – there were no specific anime or manga titles mentioned as examples. However, the company covers so many companies that have released a huge amount of different series that the options are nearly endless. Well, not really, but there are plenty.
It’s certainly interesting to imagine what FromSoftware could do with an anime series, especially if they maintained the same mind-blowing level of difficulty we all know and love. We’ll just have to watch this space.
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Topics: Fromsoftware, Anime, Elden Ring