Harvest Moon Publisher Opens New Tokyo Office For Game Development

By Ishaan . June 4, 2013 . 8:30am

Natsume, the publisher of Harvest Moon in North America, are opening an office in Tokyo, which will expand their development of games for consoles, portables and smartphones.

 

The Tokyo office will be headed up by newly-appointed producer Yasutaka “Taka” Maekawa, who will be responsible for development of all games and for managing the Tokyo office.  Prior to his position at Natsume, Maekawa worked at Taito in Japan, where he oversaw a number of games for smartphones and tablets.

 

“The new Tokyo office, coupled with Taka’s experience, will strengthen Natsume’s ability to expand the business in the ever-growing smartphone and tablet games market,” said Graham Markay, Vice President of Operations at Natsume Inc. “We are absolutely thrilled to have Taka as part of the team and we know he will produce some truly entertaining games!”

 

“I am pleased to have an opportunity to work at Natsume Inc., and feel I have come full circle growing up playing Harvest Moon, Reel Fishing, and Pocky & Rocky and now developing the same kind of family-friendly, non-violent games I enjoyed as a child,” said Taka, Natsume Inc. Producer.  “This is an exciting time for Natsume Inc.  and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

 

“I am especially pleased to formally open our Tokyo office, said Hiro Maekawa President & CEO of Natsume Inc. “Taka’s natural abilities being both bilingual and bicultural, raised in both the US and Japan, together with his gaming experience makes him the perfect fit to expand the company globally.”

 

Natsume are currently collaborating with Harvest Moon series creator Yasuhiro Wada on Hometown Story, slated for release on the Nintendo 3DS.

 


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  • Taedirk

    Now if they’d just expand their English QA department >.>;;

  • JMaster3000

    *sigh* Why doesn’t Natsume make they company in Europe?
    i am sick of waiting for Rising Star Games ._.

    • TheMasterHam

      Rising Star corrects alot of the grammar mistakes and idiotic glitches Natsume allows in their games. It takes longer but you usually get a more polished product.

    • Chim_era

      Rising Star is not localising it. The stated in their twitter acount that they would not publish the latest HM but insteed Hometown story.

      However there was word another company was going to do the translation but I think they messed up a previous european release and not many fans were really happy with them.

      • JMaster3000

        Whao…. does that mean that Europe isn’t gonna see Rune Factory 4 too… ?

        • TheMasterHam

          I know that Marvelous USA is publishing the US version. They were called xseed but were bought out recently. I imagine you will get it eventually.

  • TheMasterHam

    I love the Harvest Moon games but Natsume is known for constantly letting Engrish, typos and bugs creep into them. Thats why im glad Xseed is localizing Rune Factory 4.

    • puchinri

      Yeah, same here. I love that Natsume still does it, but they make unnecessary name changes, have typo problems and I don’t know if I’ll ever completely forgive them for some of their old bug/glitch problems. Glad they’ve improved a lot though.

  • puchinri

    That should be interesting. Natsume’s localization can be questionable at times (for a variety of small to fair reasons), but I always appreciate what they do, and I hope the feeling will be the same as far as developing goes too. I look forward to future published and developed titles~.

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