|Kabushiki gaisha furomu sofutowea|
|Founded||November 1, 1986|
Number of employees
FromSoftware, Inc. is a Japanese video game development and publishing company based in Tokyo. Founded by Naotoshi Zin in November 1986, the company developed business software before releasing their first video game, King's Field, for the PlayStation in 1994. Its success shifted FromSoftware to focus fully on video games, with them producing two more King's Field games before creating the mecha combat series Armored Core (1997), one of their flagship franchises. By the 2000s, the company's lineup also included the Echo Night, Shadow Tower, Lost Kingdoms, Otogi, and Another Century's Episode series.
FromSoftware would achieve breakout success in the 2010s, spurred by Demon's Souls (2009) and Dark Souls (2011), the latter being the first entry in a trilogy whose success led to the creation of a subgenre of action role-playing games known as Soulslikes. These include Dark Souls II (2014), Bloodborne (2015), Dark Souls III (2016), Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (2019), and Elden Ring (2022), which have all received several awards and are often listed among the greatest video games of all time.
Hidetaka Miyazaki, creator of the Dark Souls series, has served as FromSoftware's representative director and president since 2014, with Zin remaining as an advisor. Despite his executive role, Miyazaki continues to direct the majority of the company's games. The company is owned primarily by Kadokawa Corporation with minority stakes by Sixjoy Hong Kong, a subsidiary of Tencent, and Sony Interactive Entertainment. FromSoftware usually self-publishes in Japan and partners with larger companies to publish internationally, including Agetec, Sony, and Bandai Namco Entertainment.
FromSoftware was founded in Tokyo by Naotoshi Zin on November 1, 1986, as a software developer of business applications. The company released its first game, King's Field, for the PlayStation in 1994. Despite its commercial success in Japan, the game was not released in North America, although King's Field II was released in both regions the following year. After releasing King's Field III, FromSoftware went on to release the horror game Echo Night and the 1998 role-playing game Shadow Tower. In 1997, FromSoftware released Armored Core, the first release in their flagship Armored Core series of mecha combat games.
With the launch of the PlayStation 2 in 2000, FromSoftware released the role-playing games Eternal Ring and Evergrace. In 2003, FromSoftware published Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven, a stealth game that combines action and adventure elements. The company also released King's Field IV and Shadow Tower Abyss, in addition to the Lost Kingdoms series for the GameCube. The company also made a few games exclusive to the Xbox around this time, such as Murakumo: Renegade Mech Pursuit, Otogi: Myth of Demons, Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors, Metal Wolf Chaos, and Chromehounds In 2005, FromSoftware would start to produce a series of licensed games based on the various anime properties under the banner Another Century's Episode. The same year, the company hosted the video game industry's first internship that let students experience game development through a game creation kit, Adventure Player, for the PlayStation Portable.
FromSoftware underwent a stock split in 2008 before achieving breakout success in the 2010s, spurred by the release of Demon's Souls (2009) and Dark Souls (2011), the latter being the first entry in a trilogy whose success led to the creation of a subgenre of action role-playing games known as Soulslikes. These include Dark Souls II (2014), Bloodborne (2015), Dark Souls III, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (2019), and Elden Ring (2022), which have all received several awards and are often listed among the greatest video games of all time.
In April 2014, Kadokawa Corporation announced its intention to purchase the company from former shareholder Transcosmos. Following other restructuring, Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki would be promoted to company president the following month and later given the title of representative director. In January 2016, FromSoftware established a studio in Fukuoka that focuses on creating computer-generated imagery (CGI) assets for their games. In August 2022, Sixjoy Hong Kong (a subsidiary of Tencent) and Sony Interactive Entertainment respectively acquired 16.25% and 14.09% of FromSoftware, leaving 69.66% to Kadokawa.
|1995||King's Field II||PlayStation|
|1996||King's Field III||PlayStation||ASCII Entertainment|
|1997||Armored Core||PlayStation||Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Armored Core: Project Phantasma||PlayStation||ASCII Entertainment|
|1999||Armored Core: Master of Arena||PlayStation||Agetec|
|Spriggan: Lunar Verse||PlayStation||N/A|
|Echo Night 2: The Lord of Nightmares||PlayStation||N/A|
|2000||Eternal Ring||PlayStation 2|
|Armored Core 2||PlayStation 2|
|The Adventures of Cookie & Cream||PlayStation 2|
|2001||Armored Core 2: Another Age||PlayStation 2|
|Forever Kingdom||PlayStation 2||Agetec|
|King's Field IV||PlayStation 2|
|2002||Armored Core 3||PlayStation 2|
|Murakumo: Renegade Mech Pursuit||Xbox||Ubisoft|
|Otogi: Myth of Demons||Xbox||Sega|
|2003||Silent Line: Armored Core||PlayStation 2||Agetec|
|Lost Kingdoms II||GameCube||Activision|
|Shadow Tower Abyss||PlayStation 2||N/A|
|Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors||Xbox||Sega|
|2004||Echo Night: Beyond||PlayStation 2|
|Armored Core: Nexus||PlayStation 2||Agetec|
|Armored Core: Nine Breaker||PlayStation 2|
|Armored Core: Formula Front||PlayStation Portable|
|Metal Wolf Chaos||Xbox, PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One||Devolver Digital|
|2005||Yoshitsune Eiyūden||PlayStation 2||N/A|
|Another Century's Episode||PlayStation 2||Banpresto|
|Armored Core: Last Raven||PlayStation 2|
|2006||Enchanted Arms||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3||Ubisoft|
|Another Century's Episode 2||PlayStation 2||Banpresto|
|King's Field: Additional I||PlayStation Portable||N/A|
|King's Field: Additional II||PlayStation Portable||N/A|
|Armored Core 4||PlayStation 3, Xbox 360|
|2007||Nanpure VOW||Nintendo DS||N/A|
|Iraroji VOW||Nintendo DS||N/A|
|Another Century's Episode 3: The Final||PlayStation 2||Banpresto|
|2008||Armored Core: For Answer||PlayStation 3, Xbox 360||Ubisoft|
|Shadow Assault: Tenchu||Xbox 360||N/A|
|2009||Inugamike no Ichizoku||Nintendo DS||N/A|
|Ninja Blade||Xbox 360, Windows||Microsoft Game Studios|
|Demon's Souls||PlayStation 3|
|Yatsu Hakamura||Nintendo DS||N/A|
|2010||Another Century's Episode: R||PlayStation 3||Banpresto|
|Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airou Village||PlayStation Portable||Capcom|
|2011||Another Century's Episode Portable||Namco Bandai Games|
|Dark Souls||PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows||Namco Bandai Games|
|2012||Armored Core V||PlayStation 3, Xbox 360||Namco Bandai Games|
|Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn||PlayStation 3||Namco Bandai Games|
|Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor||Xbox 360||Capcom|
|2013||Armored Core: Verdict Day||PlayStation 3, Xbox 360||Namco Bandai Games|
|2014||Dark Souls II||PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows||Bandai Namco Games|
|2015||Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin||PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One||Bandai Namco Games|
|Bloodborne||PlayStation 4||Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airou Village DX||Nintendo 3DS||Capcom|
|2016||Dark Souls III||PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows||Bandai Namco Entertainment|
|2018||Dark Souls: Remastered||PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch||Bandai Namco Entertainment|
|Déraciné||PlayStation 4 (PlayStation VR)||Sony Interactive Entertainment|
|2019||Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice||PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One, Stadia||Activision|
|2022||Elden Ring||PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S||Bandai Namco Entertainment|
|2023||Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon||PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S||Bandai Namco Entertainment|
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