Dragon Quest VII Development Studio, Heart Beat, Being Revived Next Year

By Ishaan . November 12, 2012 . 1:00pm

Prior to founding Genius Sonority, the studio behind games such as Pokémon Colosseum, Dragon Quest Swords and The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave, company president, Manabu Yamana, ran a studio named Heart Beat.

 

Back in 1995, Heart Beat developed Dragon Quest VI on the SNES and later Dragon Quest VII on the original PlayStation.

 

Prior to Heart Beat’s work on Dragon Quest VI and VII, Manabu was personally involved as a programmer on the series right from the first game. Later, he was made one of the chief programmers, which was a role he filled up until Dragon Quest VII.

 

Now, Yamana intends to re-launch his old company after a decade of dormancy, he revealed over Twitter. More details of the re-launch will be shared next year, Yamana says, and mentions that Heart Beat will be doing business differently from where it left off.

 

Reviving Heart Beat is a little odd, as Genius Sonority is already a rather small studio, consisting of just 16 employees. It makes one wonder why Yamana isn’t choosing to ramp up staff at Genius instead of reviving an older company—unless, of course, Heart Beat is being set up to develop games for non-Nintendo platforms, which we aren’t certain if Genius can do at the moment, as both Nintendo and The Pokémon Company are shareholders.

 

Earlier in the year, we had the opportunity to interview Manabu Yamana, and asked him about his goals in an increasingly competitive videogame market. At the time, Yamana informed us that his goal is to satisfy “high-level gamers” with cheaper-priced downloadable games. Two of these have already been released on the Nintendo eShop—The Denpa Men and The Denpa Men 2.

 

“The goal our company wants to achieve in the consumer games market is to become an existence leading the development of deep, immersive games with high originality in the download-only market,” Yamana said.

 

Food for thought:

Before anyone asks, the Dragon Quest VII remake for Nintendo 3DS is being developed by ArtePiazza, who also developed the Nintendo DS remakes of Dragon Quest IV, V and VI.

 

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  • kupomogli

    Now that Heart Beat is being revived, I wonder if that advertisement on the back of Dragon Warrior 7 will come true.  Sure I got the game for the DS, but I’m still waiting for my Dragon Warrior 4 PSX remake to be localized for the US “and” be pressed on disc. It won’t ever happen, but a person can dream can’t they.

    Atleast they’re coming back to work on a remake to the best game in the series.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      They are not working on the remake, as the report points out.

    • http://www.segalization.com/ Kuronoa

      OMG I know right?  It was a heart-breaking (lol pun) revelation knowing that version never came out over here.

  • http://mmv-wii.proboards.com/index.cgi Hero of Legend

    Is Yamana still at GS? Nintendo and TPC own shares in GS so they are seemingly 2nd-party, but where does HB fall into? If GS is a 2nd-party and Yamana is still with GS and/or the two are sharing employees, HB will have to be Nintendo-exclusive, since being part of a N-exclusive company won’t allow you to work on other platforms as long as you are associated with the company, so Yamana would have to have left GS to be able to do so. So if you can reach out to him via Twitter and ask if he’s still at GS, that would answer a lot of questions.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      Of course he’s still at Genius. He has not said that he’s stepping down or anything of the sort, and his Twitter profile still links to Genius Sonority and mentions him as the company head. 

      • http://mmv-wii.proboards.com/index.cgi Hero of Legend

         I dunno, it’s strange for him to be in charge of two companies like that, and as I said, GS’s ties with Nintendo would make HB another 2nd-party I would think.

        • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

          Unless Heart Beat is being set up as a second company so that it isn’t another Nintendo studio. However, Nintendo also own shares in Silicon Knights, who haven’t developed exclusively for Nintendo platforms in many years.

          (I’ve added that to the report now, since that’s the most likely explanation. But we’ll find out next year, I suppose.)

          • http://mmv-wii.proboards.com/index.cgi Hero of Legend

             One other factor and I do indeed remember reading this, is that they are actually residing in Nintendo’s very building (in Kyoto I think).

            And they own the building, and I remember reading that since that’s the case, it’s like they’re owned by Nintendo by default or something, could be wrong.

            Where Heart Beat is and if Yamana is just relaunching it and that’s it, who knows, hope we get more info soon, why the secrecy? :(

          • Solomon_Kano

            Probably because he wants to have the company working on something before he starts giving us any real details. At this point they aren’t even up and running, so it’d do us little good to hear a bunch about them now and then have them go dark for a year or so.

  • EmptyStar

    So, this is apparently being “evaluated for Western release”, and nothing has been decided yet. Ugh.

    Still no word on localization of the GBC Dragon Warriors Monsters remake, but apparently the DQ series has a pattern of announcing localization details really close to the actual release, so I’m still not giving up hope.

    • Shane Guidaboni

      They brought all the other remakes over here and N.America got the original DQVII. I wouldn’t worry too much. 

  • MrRobbyM

    I was hoping they would be handling the DQVII remake until I read the nice little reminder at the end. Oh well.

    Thanks Ishaan ._.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      Why the disappointment? ArtePiazza have done a good job with their remakes. Besides, the “doing business differently” part should have been enough of an indication.

      • MrRobbyM

        Oh, I’m not really disappointed. I’m sure ArtePiazza will do a fine job. It’s just that when I read the title, I thought it was being revived to remake or at least help out development on the game. So I’m a bit disappointed that I got my hopes crushed lol.

        I’d say the original makers of the game would be a better choice but I’m sure the game won’t be bad.

  • http://twitter.com/trogdor696 trogdor696

    super news

  • LunarKnite

    Cool news. Even if they seemingly won’t have anything to do with the DQ7 remake, I’m excited to see what Heart Beat does now that’s it’s revived.

  • http://the-critical-hit.tumblr.com/ Musashi

    iOS.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      Very likely.

  • puchinri

    I saw this news earlier, but couldn’t remember where I knew the company name from when I saw this. It’s certainly interesting to hear, and I wonder what Yamana might have in mind.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Really? That’s awesome! I wonder if he’s still going to head up Genius Sonority once he gets Heart Beat back up and running? Either way, this is really cool to hear.

  • AuraGuyChris

    You know it’s suicidal when you name your company “Heart Beat”.

  • CirnoLakes

    Definitely more of the sort of good news I like to hear. And the sort of good news Square Enix needs, assume they’re working with them. If not, well, it’s still good news.

    Dragon Quest VII is a fine game. And a fine addition to the Dragon Quest franchise. And an unsung PlayStation classic in the West who unfortunately know Final Fantasy far better than Dragon Quest.

    So they’re clearly a quality team, though some of the work of Genius Sonority hasn’t been all that great. I’m looking forward to see what they do.

  • CirnoLakes

    Definitely more of the sort of good news I like to hear. And the sort of good news Square Enix needs, assume they’re working with them. If not, well, it’s still good news.

    Dragon Quest VII is a fine game. And a fine addition to the Dragon Quest franchise. And an unsung PlayStation classic in the West who unfortunately know Final Fantasy far better than Dragon Quest.

    So they’re clearly a quality team, though some of the work of Genius Sonority hasn’t been all that great. I’m looking forward to see what they do.

  • http://theadventuresofjejun.blogspot.com/ Jejun

    Nice to read he’s trying to get the band back together.  Hopefully he’ll be able to round up other people that used to work there as well.

  • AokiShizuku

    deep, immersive games with high originality in the download-only market

    I like this concept. Now, I was never a fan of downloadable games (unless they were remakes of classic games) but if they do end up delivering, I will purchase the games they put out if it does fit into my interests. Heck, even if it’s iOS/Android, I’ll go out of my way to pick it up.

    Aside from that, DQVII seems like a great entry to the series. I’ll be sure to import it when it comes out.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/HAEBCODVH3BGFIHE47BKNDXD2I Jonathan

    would be nice to have two teams that focus on Nintendo and Sony, respectfully.

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