Kadokawa Corporation announced today they have acquired Acquire from GungHo Online Entertainment.
From the announcement, the company shared, “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.” The company followed with a comment about the move, saying, “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”
Acquire is known for the recent release of Octopath Traver II, but the company has also begun to self-publish with the release of Labyrinth of Zangetsu and Xaladia: Rise of the Space Pirates X2. Acquire now joins the company’s other subsidiaries, including FromSoftware and Spike Chunsoft.
Acquire was established on December 6, 1994, and is a Tokyo-based video game developer and publisher renowned for creating the Tenchu and Way of the Samurai series. Gaining prominence with the release of Tenchu: Stealth Assassins for the PlayStation in 1998, Acquire has since been noted for incorporating sandbox elements into their game design, a philosophy evident in titles such as Shinobido: Way of the Ninja. In 2011, Acquire became a subsidiary of GungHo Online Entertainment. The company’s reputation for pixel-art mastery and their experience with the What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord? series led to their collaboration with Square Enix on the critically acclaimed Octopath Traveler, released in 2018.
We look forward to what the company announces in the future from this new partnership.
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