It may not be a payoff quite as big as those that have shaken the industry in recent years (with Microsoft’s purchases of Activision and Bethesda, or the sale to Embracer of Square Enix’s third-party studios), but it does have a significant impact. lecture in the context of this new landscape in the video game industry.
It appears that Tencent and Sony have formalized an operation to buy stakes in the Fromsoftware studio, the birthplace of some of the most important titles of the past decade, such as Bloodborne (which remains exclusive to PlayStation 4), Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, the Dark Souls series and of course the best-selling game of the year: Elden Ring.
This joint investment operation (as evidenced by the documentation you can see below) has been formalized at a cost of about 36.4 billion yen, just over about 262 million euros. This gives the Chinese giant Tencent through its Sixjoy division 16.3% of the company, while Sony is left with 14.1%. In any case, and despite being large parts of the pie, the majority stake remains with Kadokawa, a Japanese company that it acquired in 2014.
At this point, it’s unknown whether this purchase will have any impact on the release of future FromSoftware games on other platforms, although it wouldn’t be a stretch to think of such a move, given the value of PlayStation exclusives, which are now more than ever needed after the price of its hardware to have raised.