Gaia, Cozy Okada’s Studio, Is… Gone?

By Spencer . October 6, 2010 . 2:16pm

imageSomething strange is going on with Gaia, the studio Kouji "Cozy" Okada formed after leaving Atlus.

 

Nintendo signed Gaia to create Cosmic Walker, which appeared in a reel of Wii games back in 2008. Cosmic Walker showed up as an in-development title in Nintendo’s financial statements until late last year where it vanished.

 

Now Gaia’s website is gone. All that remains is a message that apologizes that for the site’s closure.

 

Gaia’s last title was Sword & Poker 2 for the iPhone. Monster Kingdom: Jewel Summoner, which was published by Atlus domestically, was Gaia’s only retail game in North America.


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QV6XF4MUWY26PHIN3DAL2WFEFY Skitch

    Uhhh isn’t it Monster Kingdom: Jewel Summoner not Monster Hunter

    • keyboy7

      yes. who said it wasn’t?

      also I’m actually very spooked by this. its not even like the website is down, it’s just…gone.

      so creepy > _<

      • https://twitter.com/#!/SplashdownTiger STiger

        Maybe it’s a new project… involving psychological dickery.

        • keyboy7

          haha now THATS a business model :P next press release reads:

          dear loyal consumers,
          ohhhhh so you guys DIDN’T like it when we fell off the face of the earth? well thats what you get, assholes :). maybe when you learn to buy our f***ing games, we wont have to disappear on you, k? good.

  • Zeik56

    Maybe this means he’ll go back to Atlus. <_<

    • DDanny

      go back to Atlus and megaten puhleeeease

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      Didn’t he work on the mainline SMT games?

      • Zeik56

        He did, yes.

      • DDanny

        He did work on the main megaten games, I think SMT1,2,if… and NINE.
        Maybe the fact he left before Nocturne is one of the reasons that game is so different from classic megaten.

        • Zeik56

          I thought he left after Nocturne? (I’m always seeing people try to use that as an argument as to why every game after Nocturne sucks. >_>)

          • cj_iwakura

            He also worked on Persona 2: both of them. He’s done all the best games in the series, shy of DDS.

  • http://waxingerratic.tumblr.com/ ECM

    Ah, nuts. Cosmic Walker, despite the complete lack of info on it, was something I was keen to see a great deal more of but, alas, perhaps it is not to be.

  • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

    Something about this mysterious vanishing, along with the type of game they were working on, strikes me with a goose-bump-inducing ghost story vibe. Or I’m just scaring myself.

  • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

    Monster Kingdom: Jewel Summoner, was and is an excellent game. I thought I was one of the few beings who had bought it on day 1, I loved it to death and had an awesome voice acting cast, truly one of Atlus’s best. I wish the series had actually continued.

    • neo_firenze

      1) I agree on that Monster Kingdom comment, but yeah we probably are two of a very small group of people who bought it day 1 and like it a lot. Loved the art style and the audio, and while the game was clearly a little derivative of Pokemon + SMT, you could certainly do worse than borrowing elements of those two.

      2) I also love Folklore, and I’m still a little bitter that Coded Soul was never released in English.

      3) GAIA MADE SWORD AND POKER?? I never knew that, but S&P has been one of my favorite iPod games for a long time, and one of the few I have even bothered to play. Probably my second most played iPod game behind only Espgaluda II. Can’t believe I didn’t get the connection, and I didn’t know it got a sequel until today. I am downloading S&P2 from iTunes as I type this.

  • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

    That sucks, monster kingdom was a good game

    • kupomogli

      I’ve never been able to find out. Probably the most expensive PSP game. Hopefully there’s a rerelease.I could always download it, but not really into that sort of thing.

      • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

        Maybe Atlus will release it later on the psn, one of the thing i liked about this game is that you can choose, like from 4 people (if i remember correctly) 2 of them to become your partners, and i think different pairs makes a lot new dialogues.

  • Bruce

    that’s really bad i was waiting for gaia’s next game ….

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