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FromSoftware, Inc.
Native name
Kabushiki gaisha
Industry Video game industry
Founded November 1, 1986
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Yoshimi Yasuda[1] (Chairman & CEO)
Hidetaka Miyazaki (President)
Naotoshi Zin (Advisor)
Products King's Field series
Armored Core series
Souls series
Number of employees
227 (March 2014)[1]
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, Souls, Bloodborne, 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.[2]

FromSoftware expanded into a new office in Fukuoka in October 2015, which will commence operations in January 2016.[3]


FromSoftware have developed for a wide range of platforms, including the Dreamcast, Nintendo DS, GameCube, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Microsoft Windows and various mobile phones. With fifteen titles developed, the Armored Core series is the studio's longest running franchise. The most recent title, Armored Core: Verdict Day was released worldwide in September 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Earlier, less notable outside of Japan, titles include Enchanted Arms, King's Field, Chromehounds, Otogi and Tenchu series, all of which have been met with mostly favorable reviews. The studio also has strong ties to Sega, which distributes most of these titles overseas.

In 2009, they released Demon's Souls, which brought them international exposure. Its spiritual successor, Dark Souls, was released in 2011. In March 2014, Dark Souls II, was released, and they plan on releasing Dark Souls III in 2016.[4] The studio's latest title, Bloodborne, was released worldwide in March 2015.

These four aforementioned titles have all received widespread critical acclaim from both critics and general audience alike as well as strong sales,[5][6][7] both domestically and internationally. They have also received a number of awards, primarily those for the role-playing game genre, from both professional critics and general audience, including multiple "RPG of the Year" and Game of the Year awards.[8][9][10][11]


  1. ^ a b "FromSoftware Official Site, Company information". Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "From Software acquired by Japanese publisher Kadokawa Corporation". Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "From Software to open new studio in Fukuoka". Gematsu. September 12, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Dark Souls 3 confirmed, coming early 2016". Polygon. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Ben Dutka (2009-02-12). "Demon's Souls Caps Impressive First Week Of Sales In Japan". PSX Extreme. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  6. ^ May 8, 2014, Financial Highlights for the Fiscal Year Ended March 2014, NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc.
  7. ^ May 7, 2014, Dark Souls II Ships 1.2 Million In U.S. And Europe, Siliconera
  8. ^ den Ouden, Adriaan. "RPG of the Year". RPGamer. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  9. ^ Marchello, Sam. "Best Graphics". RPGamer. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  10. ^ Staples, Ken. "Best PS3". RPGamer. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  11. ^ "Community Choice Game of the Year". Game Revolution. December 23, 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 

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