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From Software Sold

Lollipop Chainsaw publisher Kadokawa has acquired From Software, developer of the Armored Core and Dark Souls franchises, according to an announcement on Anime News Network (thanks All Games Beta). Word is the deal will conclude next month:

Kadokawa announced on Monday its financial results for the period ending in March 2014. In the results, it revealed that its board of directors decided to acquire 80% of the game maker From Software and make the smaller company a subsidiary. Kadokawa will be buying this stake of From Software from the game maker's previous owner, Trans Comos, and the transfer will conclude on May 21.

The Kadokawa Group plans to have From Software, along with its existing Kadokawa Games, as its core game companies to expand its business.

From Software developed the Armored Core franchise, the Dark Souls franchise, the Tenchu franchise, and other popular game titles for consoles and portable systems. It was established on November 1, 1986, and it has 268.5 million yen (about US$2.6 million) in capital. As of October 2013, it has 230 employees.

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42. Re: From Software Sold Apr 29, 2014, 14:06 Alamar
 
Asmo wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 18:02:
jacobvandy wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 17:07:
"Good port, I want a good port, blah blah blah." No, you don't. You want an action-RPG just like Dark Souls, that was designed for keyboard and mouse instead.

With the 7 meg patch that came down last night, it addresses the sensitivity problem + the keybinds not sticking + missing functionality like the jump key not working when rebound...

But you wouldn't know that because your playing on controller and have your foot firmly lodged in your mouth with your head stuck up your ass...

The company admitted there are serious problems with the implementation and have moved to address it. That should probably put an end to your ridiculous rants.

Incidentally, 3rd person games are entirely playable with M&KB if the controller scheme is well set up. If it's shit, then yes, it will be more difficult to play... Funny that..

You make some good points, and some not so good points...

That the company is fixing their mistakes should put an end to those ridiculous rants, but hopefully it will end the ridiculous rants on the other side...

As for 3rd person games being entirely playable... Many are, but I can't currently think of any that have combat (moves) as complex as Souls... As much as I love that a keyboard has a crap ton of keys, having a crazy amount of complexity with one hand, and only camera control and ~two buttons on the other doesn't make for a lot of usable combinations.

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41. Re: From Software Sold Apr 29, 2014, 08:43 BitWraith
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 29, 2014, 05:09:
BitWraith wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 21:48:
It seems that more and more pc gamers are opting for television playing. A good controller really is a necessity these days - same as a joystick is necessary to play a flight sim properly.

I played Castlevania 2 on the pc (great game btw - pick it up sometime). I really could not imagine playing it with a KBM setup.

Yup, it's all about options and having the right tool for the job. I have 3 xbox controllers hooked up to the computer that we use to play Trine 1 & 2, Street Fighter, and Hammerwatch on the big TV as a family. Good times.

Don't really like Xbox controllers for GRiD or Dirt 2. Wheel and pedals are much better. And of course XCom and Borderlands are much better with KBM, even though I've heard on podcasts people prefer controller for those games. I don't. KBM is much better.

I even go so far as to switch displays depending on what I'm playing. Action games, fighting games, etc on the tv. MMOs, strategy, etc on the monitor.
 
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40. Re: From Software Sold Apr 29, 2014, 05:09 jdreyer
 
BitWraith wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 21:48:
It seems that more and more pc gamers are opting for television playing. A good controller really is a necessity these days - same as a joystick is necessary to play a flight sim properly.

I played Castlevania 2 on the pc (great game btw - pick it up sometime). I really could not imagine playing it with a KBM setup.

Yup, it's all about options and having the right tool for the job. I have 3 xbox controllers hooked up to the computer that we use to play Trine 1 & 2, Street Fighter, and Hammerwatch on the big TV as a family. Good times.

Don't really like Xbox controllers for GRiD or Dirt 2. Wheel and pedals are much better. And of course XCom and Borderlands are much better with KBM, even though I've heard on podcasts people prefer controller for those games. I don't. KBM is much better.
 
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39. Re: From Software Sold Apr 28, 2014, 21:48 BitWraith
 
It seems that more and more pc gamers are opting for television playing. A good controller really is a necessity these days - same as a joystick is necessary to play a flight sim properly.

I played Castlevania 2 on the pc (great game btw - pick it up sometime). I really could not imagine playing it with a KBM setup.
 
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38. Re: From Software Sold Apr 28, 2014, 21:05 Smellfinger
 
Dark Souls' combat is designed around the limitations of the lock-on targeting system. You aren't supposed to be able to manually aim at things with a highly sensitive input device. It would trivialize the difficulty, sort of like ripping the tank controls from the first few Resident Evil games and making them control like a standard action game. I don't want Resident Evil to play like Metal Gear and I don't want Dark Souls to play like The Elder Scrolls.  
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37. Re: From Software Sold Apr 28, 2014, 20:24 anime is great!
 
Dark Souls 2 owns! Seriously, it's a pretty good game. I use a ps3 controller with a shameful chinese trojan called motionjoy and it works great. Too bad the kb/m controls are sucky, but it ain't unplayable.  
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36. Re: From Software Sold Apr 28, 2014, 19:33 Deepjay
 
God. You guys.  
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35. Re: From Software Sold Apr 28, 2014, 18:26 jacobvandy
 
Yep, I am so humbled by that collapse of reasoned argument into profanity-laden ad hominem attacks, I don't think I'll be able to sleep tonight... And then the publicly declared ignore? Yowza, that really salted the wound! Rolleyes

Him taking his ball and going home has about as much of an effect on me as you chiming in on the backside when you're convinced I've been beaten down enough to not want to stand back up. If not stooping to his level means I'm a princess, then I ought to ask to borrow his tiara. You're right though, I didn't know about the patch. Not that it changes my opinion any.
 
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34. Re: From Software Sold Apr 28, 2014, 18:02 Asmo
 
jacobvandy wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 17:07:
"Good port, I want a good port, blah blah blah." No, you don't. You want an action-RPG just like Dark Souls, that was designed for keyboard and mouse instead.

With the 7 meg patch that came down last night, it addresses the sensitivity problem + the keybinds not sticking + missing functionality like the jump key not working when rebound...

But you wouldn't know that because your playing on controller and have your foot firmly lodged in your mouth with your head stuck up your ass...

The company admitted there are serious problems with the implementation and have moved to address it. That should probably put an end to your ridiculous rants.

Incidentally, 3rd person games are entirely playable with M&KB if the controller scheme is well set up. If it's shit, then yes, it will be more difficult to play... Funny that..

P.S. Thanks for the blow-up, just shows everyone exactly the kind of person who's harboring this bizarre grudge against FROM for bringing a fantastic series to PC when they really didn't have to. I don't spend one errant moment worrying over how you play your games, but it is amusing how much offense you take when someone points out there might be a better way, one with more efficiency and utility in the right applications. On second thought, maybe you shouldn't get a gamepad, as it's a perfect missile when you fly off into a blind rage and it's bound to do some damage to whatever or whoever you hit with it...

Rofl. You load your posts with insults and snide slights then come a crying when someone tells you to go fuck yourself?

Grow up princess, you want to play Mr. Forum Tough Guy, don't whine when someone puts you in your place...
 
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33. Re: From Software Sold Apr 28, 2014, 17:53 nin
 
So assgok had two account this whole time??????

 
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32. Re: From Software Sold Apr 28, 2014, 17:49 Vio
 
jacobvandy wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 17:07:
"just shows everyone exactly the kind of person who's harboring this bizarre grudge against FROM for bringing a fantastic series to PC when they really didn't have to.
The issue is their promises of awesome KB/mouse support, not the bringing the game to the platform.

jacobvandy wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 16:02:
Lmao... First of all, I have no sympathy for anyone who plays these kinds of games with KBM.
With opening statements like that your opinion here is not really going to matter.
 
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31. Re: From Software Sold Apr 28, 2014, 17:27 Frijoles
 
jacobvandy wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 17:07:
The only valid point I've seen in any thread here on Blue's is that you still get the Xbox button prompts when not using a controller, which I would agree is silly but it can be fixed.

Don't forget getting out of some screens isn't obvious. Want to leave the "level up" lady screen? Right-click the red xbox button. 100% obvious, right? Want to apply changes to your keyboard bindings? Make sure to click the blue xbox button (or whatever color it was), otherwise changes will be lost.

People are pissed because they said PC was being done right this time, when it's clearly not. Aside from just moving around the world being a problem, the windows aren't uniform in how they work (escape sometimes works, sometimes doesn't), some windows say "Leave" others don't, right-clicking in one screen works differently than another, the resolution isn't supported right. Hell I still can't even start the game on my primary monitor.

I'm enjoying the game, but I sure as hell won't defend their fuckups and lies.
 
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30. Re: From Software Sold Apr 28, 2014, 17:17 Darks
 
Okay, another dumbass in my ignore list that I dont have to deal with ever again.  
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29. Re: From Software Sold Apr 28, 2014, 17:07 jacobvandy
 
"Good port, I want a good port, blah blah blah." No, you don't. You want an action-RPG just like Dark Souls, that was designed for keyboard and mouse instead. That's a completely different game, and you never had any reason to expect that. You are irrational for judging this release on that basis. Not to mention in the minority, based on its reception outside of view-baiting drama-queen YouTubers and its #1 seller status on Steam.

The only valid point I've seen in any thread here on Blue's is that you still get the Xbox button prompts when not using a controller, which I would agree is silly but it can be fixed. They'll probably polish up some key-binding issues, too, if they manage to dredge some constructive feedback out of the internet cesspool that is all of those people screaming "BAD PORT!!!1" The game runs great, is scale-able, looks much better than on consoles and will only improve over time with mods (custom textures are already in, just wait for some hi-res packs), and works flawlessly with what is probably the single most popular PC [gaming] accessory out there, the Xbox controller. Thousands upon thousands of people are happily dying over and over again, and are generally too busy actually enjoying it than making mountains out of molehills on internet forums.

P.S. Thanks for the blow-up, just shows everyone exactly the kind of person who's harboring this bizarre grudge against FROM for bringing a fantastic series to PC when they really didn't have to. I don't spend one errant moment worrying over how you play your games, but it is amusing how much offense you take when someone points out there might be a better way, one with more efficiency and utility in the right applications. On second thought, maybe you shouldn't get a gamepad, as it's a perfect missile when you fly off into a blind rage and it's bound to do some damage to whatever or whoever you hit with it...

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28. Re: From Software Sold Apr 28, 2014, 16:37 Cutter
 
jacobvandy wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 16:02:
Lmao... First of all, I have no sympathy for anyone who plays these kinds of games with KBM. I've said it before, Dark Souls, Assassin's Creed, Need For Speed, whatever, you're torturing yourself needlessly with an inherently inferior control scheme for the gameplay style.

Even ignoring that, you're doing it wrong. I've not used arrow keys for movement since the Doom era (I'd say different strokes, but again, you're hampering yourself with a terrible hand position), but just to see for myself I went in-game right now and re-bound it that way. It worked just fine. I even restarted the game to see if it stuck, and it did, so... You'll have to blame user error there. You're probably running into an issue of overlapping keybinds that the game is trying to prevent. If it didn't do that, you'd be complaining about the game firing off spells or moving the camera or whatever when you try to step forward.

I've never said they have the best control scheme, especially not for KBM, but even for that it is serviceable. They actually did a lot to the UI in making it mouse-friendly, including a grid-based inventory and all the rollover selection. You couldn't do that in the last game. This is a gamepad game, and there's nothing wrong with that IMO. Sorry the truth hurts, but you can either suck it up and wrestle with the system they gave you or swallow your misplaced pride and get a damned controller. Believe me, you'll be much happier in playing this and many other games.

Yeah, because PC gamers should never have any expectation that a company does a good port - as they stated they would. There's zero reason why they can't have a proper port done. Zero. If you're happy taking their shit bully for you, but most of us expect more for our money.
 
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27. Re: From Software Sold Apr 28, 2014, 16:23 BitWraith
 
I play the PC version on my TV. It's like a console, but with better graphics. So, KBM isn't really an option for me.  
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26. Re: From Software Sold Apr 28, 2014, 16:19 Parias
 
jacobvandy wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 16:02:
Lmao... First of all, I have no sympathy for anyone who plays these kinds of games with KBM. I've said it before, Dark Souls, Assassin's Creed, Need For Speed, whatever, you're torturing yourself needlessly with an inherently inferior control scheme for the gameplay style.

Even ignoring that, you're doing it wrong. I've not used arrow keys for movement since the Doom era (I'd say different strokes, but again, you're hampering yourself with a terrible hand position), but just to see for myself I went in-game right now and re-bound it that way. It worked just fine. I even restarted the game to see if it stuck, and it did, so... You'll have to blame user error there. You're probably running into an issue of overlapping keybinds that the game is trying to prevent. If it didn't do that, you'd be complaining about the game firing off spells or moving the camera or whatever when you try to step forward.

I've never said they have the best control scheme, especially not for KBM, but even for that it is serviceable. They actually did a lot to the UI in making it mouse-friendly, including a grid-based inventory and all the rollover selection. You couldn't do that in the last game. This is a gamepad game, and there's nothing wrong with that IMO. Sorry the truth hurts, but you can either suck it up and wrestle with the system they gave you or swallow your misplaced pride and get a damned controller. Believe me, you'll be much happier in playing this and many other games.

Damn dude - that's a bit much, isn't it?
 
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25. Re: From Software Sold Apr 28, 2014, 16:14 Darks
 
jacobvandy wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 16:02:
Darks wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 15:22:
Verno wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 14:53:
jacobvandy wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 14:23:
They are, but even better on PC. Don't let facts get in the way of the hate train, though.

Agreed. PC version or bust for me.

What hate might that be Jacob? If you are referring to the M+K fiasco, then there is good reason for that hate. Because those controls are abysmal, try remapping some of the keys in the game and see what happens. That is what kills be about the game. I specifically use the right side of my keyboard, always have. I cannot stand to use the WASD, I have larger hands and the closeness of those movement key always cause issues for me hitting keys I donít want to. I do not have those issues using the arrow keys.

When you try rebinding those keys, they wonít save. Itís utterly ridiculous that you cannot rebind certain keys in the game.

So yea, a lot of pc gamers are upset.

Lmao... First of all, I have no sympathy for anyone who plays these kinds of games with KBM. I've said it before, Dark Souls, Assassin's Creed, Need For Speed, whatever, you're torturing yourself needlessly with an inherently inferior control scheme for the gameplay style.

Even ignoring that, you're doing it wrong. I've not used arrow keys for movement since the Doom era (I'd say different strokes, but again, you're hampering yourself with a terrible hand position), but just to see for myself I went in-game right now and re-bound it that way. It worked just fine. I even restarted the game to see if it stuck, and it did, so... You'll have to blame user error there. You're probably running into an issue of overlapping keybinds that the game is trying to prevent. If it didn't do that, you'd be complaining about the game firing off spells or moving the camera or whatever when you try to step forward.

I've never said they have the best control scheme, especially not for KBM, but even for that it is serviceable. They actually did a lot to the UI in making it mouse-friendly, including a grid-based inventory and all the rollover selection. You couldn't do that in the last game. This is a gamepad game, and there's nothing wrong with that IMO. Sorry the truth hurts, but you can either suck it up and wrestle with the system they gave you or swallow your misplaced pride and get a damned controller. Believe me, you'll be much happier in playing this and many other games.

First off, fuck you. Okay, we clear now? Secondly do not try to tell me how Iím doing it wrong when the fucking developer stated it very clearly that the preferred hardware is pc. If the developers did not want us to use a mouse and Keyboard then they would not have Implemented the ability to use the mouse and keyboard now would they?

Its fucking dumbasses like yourself that think the fucking world revolves around how you play games. Get a clue asshole, it doesnít nor will it ever. We all have our play styles if that bothers you then tough shit. But do not come in here telling me or any that we are doing it wrong. Fucking moron!!

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24. Re: From Software Sold Apr 28, 2014, 16:02 jacobvandy
 
Darks wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 15:22:
Verno wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 14:53:
jacobvandy wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 14:23:
They are, but even better on PC. Don't let facts get in the way of the hate train, though.

Agreed. PC version or bust for me.

What hate might that be Jacob? If you are referring to the M+K fiasco, then there is good reason for that hate. Because those controls are abysmal, try remapping some of the keys in the game and see what happens. That is what kills be about the game. I specifically use the right side of my keyboard, always have. I cannot stand to use the WASD, I have larger hands and the closeness of those movement key always cause issues for me hitting keys I donít want to. I do not have those issues using the arrow keys.

When you try rebinding those keys, they wonít save. Itís utterly ridiculous that you cannot rebind certain keys in the game.

So yea, a lot of pc gamers are upset.

Lmao... First of all, I have no sympathy for anyone who plays these kinds of games with KBM. I've said it before, Dark Souls, Assassin's Creed, Need For Speed, whatever, you're torturing yourself needlessly with an inherently inferior control scheme for the gameplay style.

Even ignoring that, you're doing it wrong. I've not used arrow keys for movement since the Doom era (I'd say different strokes, but again, you're hampering yourself with a terrible hand position), but just to see for myself I went in-game right now and re-bound it that way. It worked just fine. I even restarted the game to see if it stuck, and it did, so... You'll have to blame user error there. You're probably running into an issue of overlapping keybinds that the game is trying to prevent. If it didn't do that, you'd be complaining about the game firing off spells or moving the camera or whatever when you try to step forward.

I've never said they have the best control scheme, especially not for KBM, but even for that it is serviceable. They actually did a lot to the UI in making it mouse-friendly, including a grid-based inventory and all the rollover selection. You couldn't do that in the last game. This is a gamepad game, and there's nothing wrong with that IMO. Sorry the truth hurts, but you can either suck it up and wrestle with the system they gave you or swallow your misplaced pride and get a damned controller. Believe me, you'll be much happier in playing this and many other games.
 
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23. Re: From Software Sold Apr 28, 2014, 15:54 Parias
 
saluk wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 15:35:
From Software doesn't ever seem to stretch a series very far, so I would expect they would be moving on soon anyway.

You'd think that, but...
 
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