Creator / FromSoftware

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FromSoftware, Inc. 『株式会社フロム・ソフトウェア』 is a Japanese game developer founded in 1986. Mostly known for Nintendo Hard games involving Humongous Mecha and, more recently, their brutally addicting Nintendo Hard Action-RPGs, Demons Souls, Dark Souls I and II. Generally speaking, almost every game they make tends to either go against the grain or have something to distinguish itself from the competition.

In early-mid 2014, Kadokawa announced that they acquired 80% of FromSoftware, ending nearly 20 years of independence.

Games developed or published by FromSoftware:

Armored Core series

King's Field series

  • King's Field I, II, III, IV
  • King's Field Additional I & II
  • King's Field Mobile I & II, EX

Recurring tropes in FromSoftware's works:

  • Author Appeal: Company president and director-in-chief Hidetaka Miyazaki is a well known fan of Berserk, and nods and outright allusions to it are very common in From Software works. As of Bloodborne, fans are speculating that he has been on a Lovecraft binge.
  • BFG: The Karasawa Gun, often used as one of the strongest rifles available (Armored Core usually has it as an Infinity+1 Sword).
  • BFS: The Moonlight Sword, a regular among the the strongest blades available (laser blades in Armored Core, magic swords in the Souls series).
  • Crapsack World: The setting for Armored Core is less than optimistic, with each new instalment escalating the global conflict and the pathos of war. The same can be said for the Souls series, with a recursive plot involving the fall of a great kingdom and the rise of darkness.
  • Nintendo Hard: A large amount of their published games throw in some particularly nasty cases of Fake Difficulty, including, but not limited to: Checkpoint Starvation, Kaizo Trap, numerous boss battle types, Spiteful A.I., Early Game Hell, Guide Dang It, etc.
  • Scenery Gorn / Scenery Porn: An amazing mixture of both; when they want to convey the greatness of a scene, they do so with every cent of their budget. And when they want bleakness... let's just say nausea isn't too great of a word.

Alternative Title(s): From Software