From Software

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From Software, Inc.
Subsidiary of Kadokawa Corporation[1]
Industry Video game industry
Founded November 1, 1986
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Yoshimi Yasuda (Representative Director and Chairman)
Hidetaka Miyazaki (Director and President)[2]
Naotoshi Zin (Advisor)
Products King's Field
Armored Core
Lost Kingdoms
Lost Kingdoms II
Metal Wolf Chaos
Ninja Blade
Demon's Souls
Dark Souls
Dark Souls II
Number of employees
230 (October 2013)[3]
Parent Kadokawa Corporation

FromSoftware, Inc. (株式会社フロム・ソフトウェア Kabushikigaisha Furomu Sofutowea?) is a Japanese video game company founded in November 1986 that is known primarily for being the developers of the Armored Core, Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, Dark Souls 2, King's Field, Otogi and Tenchu series.

In April 2014, Kadokawa Corporation announced the intention to purchase the company from former shareholder Transcosmos. The deal was finalized on May 21, 2014.[4]


From Software have developed for a wide range of platforms, including the Dreamcast, Nintendo DS, GameCube, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, Wii, PC and various mobile phones.

With fifteen titles developed, Armored Core is From Software's largest franchise. The most recent title, Armored Core: Verdict Day was released in Japan on September 26, 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Besides Armored Core, From Software is also well known for the Otogi and Tenchu series and has strong ties to Sega, which distributes many of their titles overseas. From Software is also the developer of the Xbox 360 game Chromehounds, as well as the role playing games Enchanted Arms and King's Field.

In 2009, they released Demon's Souls, which brought them unprecedented exposure in North America. The spiritual successor to this game, Dark Souls, was released in 2011.

In March 2014, they released the sequel, Dark Souls II. A new game titled Bloodborne, was announced exclusively for the PlayStation 4 at Sony's E3 2014 media briefing, and given a 2015 release date. The game will be developed alongside SCE Japan Studio.


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