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FromSoftware, Inc. is a Japanese video game development and publishing company based in Tokyo, founded by Naotoshi Zin in November 1986. Their earliest successful franchises included the dungeon crawler King's Field, the mystery adventure Echo Night and the mecha shooter Armored Core. It wasn't until the release of Demon's Souls in 2009 and its 2011 successor Dark Souls which further boosted the recognition of the company, spanning a trilogy and a legacy of "Soulslike" titles such as Bloodborne and Elden Ring. Hidetaka Miyazaki, the creator of the Dark Souls series, has served as FromSoftware's representative director and president since 2014. The company is owned primarily by Kadokawa Corporation, with minority stakes by Tencent subsidiary Sixjoy Hong Kong and Sony Interactive Entertainment.

1st Logo (December 16, 1994-December 31, 1995)

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Logo: On a purple/yellow background, a white "FS" zooms out with trail effects. A flash occurs, and "FS" turns 3D and cyan while it fades into a starfield. Once space is revealed, the text "FROM SOFTWARE" is formed below.

Technique: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: Dreamy synth tune, along with a whoosh.

Availability: Seen on King's Field (1994) and King's Field II (1995) (or King's Field in America and Europe, which replaced with 2nd ASCII Entertainment logo instead).

2nd Logo (October 31, 1997-)

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Logo: Over a black bacgkround, we see "FROM SOFTWARE" in a white, bold font.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Uncommon. Seen on many of their games starting with Armored Core.

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