AQ Interactive Freezes Video Game Publishing Business

By Spencer . June 3, 2010 . 1:36pm

image AQ Interactive, in their latest financial statement, announced their new consumer video game titles are “basically frozen.” To minimize risk, the publisher is reducing their sales staff and shifting resources to online games and amusement machines. Contract work sent to studios like Cavia and Feelplus will not be affected. This news is only for AQ Interactive published games.


As a publisher, AQ Interactive’s lineup has always been a mixed bag. They developed the critically panned Vampire Rain, amazing Korg DS-10 software, and niche titles for the Japanese market such as The Song Generation. AQ Interactive was closely aligned with Mistwalker after their two game deal with Microsoft. Blue Dragon Plus and Away: Shuffle Dungeon were released under their label. That partnership ended after Cry On was canceled.


Late last year, AQ Interactive also canceled a PSP pachislot game, a telltale sign that AQ Interactive’s publishing business was on shaky ground. Their last game, unless AQ Interactive unfreezes projects, will be Higurashi When they Cry Mahjong.

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  • Jellybit

    I just ordered Korg DS-10 Plus off Amazon for $19.99. I’ve been meaning to, and now this, in addition to reminding me, makes me wonder if their titles will become harder to find.

  • SeventhEvening

    As the article says, a lot of their titles were pretty shaky. Vampire Rain was pretty well hated (I thought it was interesting, but not worth much) and Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Mahjong doesn’t sound like a huge seller. KORG DS was cool, but it was pretty niche, and not really a “game” per say.

    I’m not surprised to see the collapse.

  • Aoshi00

    Anata wo Yurusanai was published by AQ Interactive too right? That game is OOP now. I thought that was one of the most unique games on the PSP holding it sideways for one thing (not much actual gameplay/important choices to pick but had an interesting and mature story). I think I tried the Vampire Rain demo and you have no chance against the bad guys.. didn’t care for Blue Dragon Plus either (haven’t touched my copy of Away Shuffle Dungeon yet..) and yea, w/ Cry On scrapped, the only game I was looking forward to, was not a good sign, I hope Uematsu and the Gooch would cook something up again.

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