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Namco Bandai wants to put 'Dark Souls' on tablets

by Mike Rougeau

December 24 2013

But the publisher can't convince the developer, From Software, that it's a good idea. Maybe it's time to start a petition?

"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," Namco Bandai's director of global strategy for mobile Alex Adjaj told Digital Spy. "To change their mind about it, it takes quite a while."

Dark Souls is a notoriously challenging Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC video game that has a dedicated and voracious community of players. But Adjaj said the developers are hesitant to alter the game's controls for touch screens, because "it won't be Dark Souls anymore" if they do.

He said it's not impossible, since physical controllers for mobile devices are increasing in popularity. But he countered that device manufacturers still want games to use touch as their primary input methods.

He added that they might also need to redesign certain aspects of the game "to make it a bit more casual, so with shorter sessions," which sounds like blasphemy to dedicated Dark Souls players. But with mobile the biggest platform in the world, according to Adjaj, it's nevertheless sorely tempting.

No one knows what From Software is going to do after Dark Souls 2 launches in 2014, so it will be interesting to see if they start exploring mobile or go in a totally different direction.


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