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Bravely Default's Silicon Studio Divests Game Development, Operation Business

posted on 2018-06-23 11:00 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Company establishes Creek and River subsidiary, transfers game business

Game developer and computer graphics company Silicon Studio announced on Monday that it is executing a divestiture of its game development business by establishing the subsidiary company Creek and River to handle game development and management. Silicon Studio will transfer 90% of its stocks to the new subsidiary.

Silicon Studio revealed the reason for the divestiture was the trend of increasing development costs for games due to the highly competitive smartphone game industry. The company noted that it entered game development in 2008 with a goal of having low development budgets but high returns, but the new game development environment posed a high risk for the company that made it difficult to continue the business.

Silicon Studios noted in the announcement that it hopes to create synergy with the new game development subsidiary by continuing its other core business in developing graphics engines and middleware for games. The company also noted that its predicted revenue that it released in its financial report in January has now been adjusted to trend lower, but it currently cannot provide a new estimate.

Silicon Studio is perhaps best known for its Bravely Default and Bravely Second: End Layer role-playing games for the Nintendo 3DS. The company also developed and is managing the Terra Battle 2 smartphone game in partnership with Mistwalker. The game launched last September in Japan and North America, but it will shut down in North America this September.

Sources: Silicon Studio press release (link 2) via Hachima Kikō

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-06-23/bravely-default-silicon-studio-divests-game-development-operation-business/.133090

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 24 June 2018

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Sounds like they lost alot of money on Terra Battle 2, which is a known flop, it's servers are closing in a few months after it released just last year. Tomoyo Asano over at Square Enix choosing Acquire to develop Octopath Traveler instead of Silicon Studio certainly didn't help them out either.



Definitely a bit bumped by that knowing how much I love the Bravely series, I hope they'll still be able to finish the trilogy.



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Man, Terra Battle 2 was doomed from the start. I don't know why they would put any thought into supporting Mistwalker's Mobile shenanigans. It's times like these where you'd think a company like Nintendo could step in a help Silicon Studio and help them make an exclusive for the Switch, but I doubt that'll happen. Since Bravely Defualt is Square's IP, perhaps Nintendo could strike up a new IP with them. But that's just wishful thinking on my part.

But who knows, maybe Asano does a Bravely Third with this new division.

Last edited by Ljink96 - on 24 June 2018

This is horrible news.
I guess this means we wont see any more "breavely" type games of the quality the 3DS had.

 

"focus on developing graphics engines and middleware for games."
Look at Crytek..... I wish they would just stay with makeing Bravely type's rpg games.

Last edited by JRPGfan - on 24 June 2018

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JRPGfan said:

This is horrible news.
I guess this means we wont see any more "breavely" type games of the quality the 3DS had.

 

"focus on developing graphics engines and middleware for games."
Look at Crytek..... I wish they would just stay with makeing Bravely type's rpg games.

Did you like the Bravely games? Because they weren't particularly good.



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RolStoppable said:
JRPGfan said:

This is horrible news.
I guess this means we wont see any more "breavely" type games of the quality the 3DS had.

 

"focus on developing graphics engines and middleware for games."
Look at Crytek..... I wish they would just stay with makeing Bravely type's rpg games.

Did you like the Bravely games? Because they weren't particularly good.

They wherent the "best" games ever, but they where enjoyable yes.
Id rather them make more of those, than devote their time to trying to sell others a game engine.

Bravely default is a 85 on metacritic btw, and could have been abit higher tbh, it got alot of 90 scores from reviewers.



Bummer. I was hoping for a Bravely Default game on the Switch.



I don't think this necessarily means the end of the Bravely Series, if Square-Enix and Asano want to make another Bravely game, they can hire the new "Creek and River" company or maybe they can use the division that Square created for Switch games.



Keybladewielder said:

I don't think this necessarily means the end of the Bravely Series, if Square-Enix and Asano want to make another Bravely game, they can hire the new "Creek and River" company or maybe they can use the division that Square created for Switch games.

Thats what the article says though.
Mobile gameing is too risky, and maybe the 3DS games didnt bring them the "high returns" they wished for.

Their efforts will go into "developing graphics engines and middleware for games" instead.