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Dark Souls Devs Averse to Mobile Versions Due to Translation of Control Scheme

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Posted on December 24, 2013 AT 01:00pm

Bringing Dark Souls to mobile devices is fundamentally an issue with the console control scheme making the transition to touch, director of global strategy for Namco Bandai Alex Adjaj told Digital Spy.

“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,” Adjaj told Digital Spy. “To change their mind about it, it takes quite a while.

“The leads on Dark Souls are saying we don’t want to do mobile because the controls would have to be changed, and therefore it won’t be Dark Souls anymore.”

Adjaj acknowledged that there’s been a growth in controller peripherals for mobile devices, but says that the manufactures themselves are still pushing for touch-interface controls over need for secondary devices. Adjaj also pointed out that the shorter play sessions inherent to mobile gaming would require a mobile version of Dark Souls to be redesigned to allow for “more casual” and “shorter sessions.”

“But definitely it’s something we could bring to mobile in a very successful way,” Adjaj added.

The next installment in From Software’s brutally challenging action-RPG series, Dark Souls II, launches on Windows PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 March 11, 2014 in North America, March 14, 2014 in PAL regions.

Source: Digital Spy

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