Tecmo Koei, the Japanese holding company whose products include Dead Or Alive, Ninja Gaiden, Dynasty Warriors, and Fatal Frame (just to name a few), announced today that they will be acquiring the Gust Corporation into a subsidiary.

A screenshot from Atelier Meruru, which will be released in North America and Europe early next year.

Gust, the makers of the long-running Atelier series, will be purchased by Tecmo Koei ; Koei Tecmo Holdings will be acquiring all 495 shares of Gust stock (for a price of 2.2 billion yen), from Keiken Holdings, who currently stand as the 100% shareholder. As of now, Koei Tecmo Holdings does not have any investment in Gust, but one of its subsidiaries, Koei Tecmo Net, published Gust’s games in Japan. It will be interesting to see if Koei takes over when it comes to publishing Gust’s games in Western countries, as NIS America typically holds that title. It should be noted that Gust will continue to develop the Atelier series, despite the recent acquisition.

Original source: Andriasang 

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  • I hope NISA still gets to publish here. I’m usually far more pleased with how they handle games than Tecmo. I know they’re apples and oranges but simply comparing things like the product packaging and English voice acting for Dynasty Warriors 7 and Atelier Totori, there’s no contest.

    The only things I can hope for from this buy out are either Atelier Warriors: Xtreme Alchemists or seeing Cao Cao in the next Gust/NIS/Idea Factory/Compile Heart crossover game like Cross Edge 2 or something.

  • True, NIS America does a good job when it comes to extra pack-ins with games. Now, what I really want to see is Gust borrowing the breast physics code from Team Ninja…. đŸ˜›

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