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25 December, 2013

Is Dark Souls Going Mobile?

From Software created a cult hit with its punishing console strategy fighter Dark Souls and ahead of the game's sequel - releasing in March - comes some interesting comments from publisher Namco Bandai.

In an interview with DigitalSpy, Namco Bandai's director of global strategy for mobile Alex Adjaj claimed; "We'd like to bring Dark Souls to mobile, but it's very difficult because the guys at From Software are very much console oriented. To change their mind about it, it takes quite a while. I think there is a need to redesign the way you reroll in the game to make it a bit more casual, so with shorter sessions. But definitely it's something we could bring to mobile in a very successful way."

Generally, what the publisher wants, the publisher gets. But that often means the key creative talent washing their hands of it and palming it off to a third-party developer to do a shoddy port. Certainly, Dark Souls unique take on perceive and efficient combat could benefit form the tactile responsiveness of a touchscreen if implemented correctly. But if it's not done by the original talent at From Software, it'll be a big blow.

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Garry Balogh 25 December, 2013Cool, even the fact it's being talked about out loud is exciting. Not that long ago even the suggestion of Dark Souls on mobile would have been laughed at. I get the impression 2013 has seen iOS gaming being taken a lot more seriously by some big players. They may have wanted to take it seriously before but the environment didn't quite support it.
Chris Stead27 December, 2013I totally agree mate. I'd hate for it not to be From Software that develop it though - has to be the original team, original vision.
Garry Balogh27 December, 2013Yeah without a doubt, 100%
Devin28 December, 2013Not long ago I would have never considered playing Dark Souls on a mobile platform. It is one of my all time favourite games. But like the article says, if the original talent worked on making a Dark Souls type game on mobile it could succeed. I would be all over it nowadays for sure.

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