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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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