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Hungry to merge more, Tecmo Koei announced plans to purchase Atelier series developer  Gust through stock acquisition. Soon, Gust will become a fully owned subsidiary. Tecmo Koei cited the popularity of the Atelier series as one of the reasons for the acquisition.

 

Prior to the purchase, Tecmo Koei (more specifically Koei) have been working with Gust for years as their game distributor. The relationship between Gust and Koei extended overseas where Tecmo Koei distributes Gust’s games in North America and Europe. It’s unclear how this will affect the relationship between NIS America, the company that localizes the Atelier series in the West.

http://www.siliconera.com/2011/12/07/tecmo-koei-purchases-atelier-series-developer-gust/

This has me kind of worried, considering that NIS America has been the publisher of the Atelier games in the US and Koei's lack of localization for some of their most recent games is troublesome. Also, Koei has been known to milk their franchises, like Dynasty Warriors.



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This is worrying.

Dynasty warriors isnt milked to me and alterier has released pretty frequently regardless. I dont see this as a bad thing.

Mad55 said:
Dynasty warriors isnt milked to me and alterier has released pretty frequently regardless. I dont see this as a bad thing.


I would say Dynasty Warriors is milked in terms of DLC, some of the prices for new characters and some new missions are seriously wtf. 



 

I have nothing particularly against Tecmo, but I do worry that any big change like this will screw up the dynamic in one of my favorite developers. Hopefully they're allowed to keep acting pretty independently and keep doing what they're doing. If anything good comes of this maybe they'll start having a slightly bigger budget for their titles, or not since I like their games as it anyway.

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Acevil said:
Mad55 said:
Dynasty warriors isnt milked to me and alterier has released pretty frequently regardless. I dont see this as a bad thing.


I would say Dynasty Warriors is milked in terms of DLC, some of the prices for new characters and some new missions are seriously wtf. 

Considering that before DW7, Fist of the North Star and DW Gundam 3, a majority of Koei's DLC was free, then yeah it is definitely overpriced :P

But yeah, their DLC has been overpriced, though. Also, I adore the Dynasty Warriors series myself, but a lot of people hate it because they figure it's just the same thing game after game with pretty much next to no improvements.



Torillian said:
I have nothing particularly against Tecmo, but I do worry that any big change like this will screw up the dynamic in one of my favorite developers. Hopefully they're allowed to keep acting pretty independently and keep doing what they're doing. If anything good comes of this maybe they'll start having a slightly bigger budget for their titles, or not since I like their games as it anyway.

That's my biggest worry, too. Hopefully Tecmo-Koei won't budge into Gust's development processes too much, and I do hope that they will still localize their games as often as NISA was.



Aww poor NISA..

Tecmo Koei/Gust to Make Atelier Social Games

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2011-12-07/nikkei/tecmo-koei/gust-to-make-atelier-social-games

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Marteds said:
Tecmo Koei/Gust to Make Atelier Social Games

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2011-12-07/nikkei/tecmo-koei/gust-to-make-atelier-social-games

Either this will help give the series more exposure, or the milking has begun!