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Elden Ring, Dark Souls and more: Sony and Tencent acquire shares in From Software

Although this is not a takeover, it is a big step for From Software: Both Sixjoy, a subsidiary of Tencent Holdings, and Sony Interactive Entertainment have bought shares in the video game studio. Effective immediately, Tencent will own 16.25% while Sony will own 14.09%. As before, however, the Kadokawa Corporation remains the largest shareholder with 69.66% and has already confirmed that no further shares will be sold.

In a statement, the Kadokawa Group was euphoric about future plans. So want FromSoftware invest the new chapter in new video game brands, and the development capacities should also benefit. There is also an interest in selling their own titles outside of Japan and in acting as a publisher. Above all, the new partners should ensure that the number of players on the global market increases. Tencent’s capabilities for the mobile market, as well as Sony’s strength in the video game and film area are specifically mentioned.

What exactly that means apart from the promises remains unclear. However, since Sony will not be the main shareholder and Kadokawa primarily wants to increase the number of users of From Software IPs, a PlayStation exclusivity is unlikely in the future. Most recently, the video game studio celebrated with Elden ring a Esports Extrasntic success, but the sales of Dark Soulswhich appeared in its improved version for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, among others, made the developers famous.


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