Tuesday, May 10, 2011
AQ and Marvelous Entertainment Merging
So, as it's been reported in Joystiq and Siliconera that AQ Interactive and Marvelous Entertainment, as well as the less-mentioned Liveware, are going to merge together as companies are wont to do. Now, this might not be a big deal to a lot of people, and in fact, probably isn't. Certainly not as big as it would be if Ubisoft, EA, or the like were involved. But you know me, and without trying to act all Game-Snobby on you, as I don't have any hipster glasses, I like some niche franchises and have talked of them at length before. One such franchise would be Harvest Moon, which is under the Marvelous banner.
But there's a very big reason why I took notice of this, and especially so for why I decided to make a blog post about it. You see, I may have doled out a bit of misinformation in the past, or at least that's what I'm worried about with what I figured out. As it turns out, Cavia is part of AQ Interactive, which, before today, I thought Cavia was some subsidiary studio of Squeenix. And it is not. AQ Interactive has very little to do with Squeenix, as it turns out, so this makes me happy.
So, as it turns out, Cavia, now directly absorbed into AQ Interactive, along with other developers Artoon and Feelplus, will all be under the new umbrella company of "Marvelous AQL" come October 1st. Will this mean much in the long run? Probably not. To expect another masterpiece like Nier from the company is probably a lofty expectation that can only be met with disappointment, but the plus side is that, hey, these guys are still working, and something just might come out of them.
But on a personal plus, this just means more Harvest Moon games, which is a-okay by me as well! (YMMV.)