By Spencer . December 7, 2011 . 2:32am
Hungry to merge more, Tecmo Koei announced plans to purchase Atelier series developer Gust through stock acquisition. Soon, Gust will become a fully owned subsidiary. Tecmo Koei cited the popularity of the Atelier series as one of the reasons for the acquisition.
Prior to the purchase, Tecmo Koei (more specifically Koei) have been working with Gust for years as their game distributor. The relationship between Gust and Koei extended overseas where Tecmo Koei distributes Gust’s games in North America and Europe. It’s unclear how this will affect the relationship between NIS America, the company that localizes the Atelier series in the West.
Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland is slated for release early next year. If the Tecmo cameos in Warriors Orochi 2 are any indication, we expect Rorona will be a guest character in Warriors Orochi 5 (if not earlier).