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Kadokawa Corporation Acquires Octopath Traveler Developer Acquire

Kadokawa Corporation Acquires Octopath Traveler Developer Acquire - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 08 February 2024 / 2,654 Views

Kadokawa Corporation announced it has acquired Octopath Traveler developer Acquire from GungHo Online Entertainment.

"To strengthen the ability to create IP in games as part of our game business strategy, we have made Acquire Corp. into a wholly owned subsidiary," said Kadokawa Corporation in its latest earnings report.

"By acquiring the company, which has produced million-seller hit titles, we expect to generate synergies with our existing game-related subsidiaries, strengthen our planning and development capabilities Groupwide, and enhance our lineup of console games."

Acquire was founded in 1994 and has developed the Octopath Traveler series for Square Enix, as well as Tenchu and Way of the Samurai series, which are owned by Kadokawa Group subsidiaries FromSoftware and Spike Chunsoft.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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UnderwaterFunktown (on 08 February 2024)

The Acquiré has become the Acquired

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rapsuperstar31 (on 08 February 2024)

Would have thought Square Enix would have acquired Acquire.

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Garrus rapsuperstar31 (on 08 February 2024)

Well this article failed to mention they "co-developed" the game with Square. Acquire is pretty small, an AA dev. Nintendo and SS both have influence over the company anyways through ownership and other ties.

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hellobion2 Garrus (on 09 February 2024)

thanks for clarying

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Mar1217 (on 08 February 2024)

I just hope this doesn't mean they'll go down the drain by producing subpar licensed games. They've done a superb job with SE for the Octopath series

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anonymunchy Mar1217 (on 09 February 2024)

I was so confused as I kept reading it as 'subpar job'. Octopath is indeed fantastic. I have yet to play the second one, just too many games these days.

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Mar1217 anonymunchy (on 09 February 2024)

Having too many games to play is never truly a problem haha. But if you enjoyed the first game, which had fair criticisms at the time. The second game basically polishes it all . You won't even be hardpress to also find people who thinks Octopath Traveler would deserves to stand with the greatest JRPGs of it's generation. It is that fantastic !

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Manlytears (on 08 February 2024)

Kadokwa did some amazing catches...
First From Software, now Acquire. Remarkable if you ask me.

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Garrus Manlytears (on 08 February 2024)

Kadokawa is from Chiyoda, ie Edo, ie the wealthiest part of Tokyo. They are rich. I think they mainly make money publishing manga etc? I can't remember.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 09 February 2024)

Kadokawa is becoming a juggernaut

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Darwinianevolution (on 09 February 2024)

Ok, I first thought the title was a typo.

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