Marvelous Online Passing On Browser Games, Focusing On MMORPGs & FPS

By Ishaan . July 5, 2013 . 4:20pm

Marvelous AQL, the Japanese publisher behind games like Muramasa: The Demon Blade and Rune Factory, recently acquired Atlus Online from Index Corporation, and they plan to use their added resources in order to make further headway into the online games market.


Siliconera asked Tatsuya Nishioka, Senior Director at Marvelous Online, just what segment of online games the publisher is interested in pursuing. At the moment, Marvelous operate browser games like Battle Space and Knight of the Sky, as well as client-based MMORPGs like Pandora Saga and Shin Megami Tensei Imagine, which they inherited from Atlus Online.


Going forward, Nishioka says, don’t expect to see Marvelous Online pursuing too many more browser games.


“As you know, the browser game market is shrinking very rapidly; we are focusing on client-based games,” Nishioka said. “But with HTML5 technology on the rise, we are keeping options open based on market feasibility.”


Instead of browser titles, says Nishioka, Marvelous Online are going to be focusing on making headway in the MMORPG and first-person shooter space. There are a fair few online, free-to-play games out in the market already, but there exist a number of these kinds of games from Asia that haven’t really been explored thus far.


“We will go where demand takes us, and right now that means MMORPGs and FPS games,” Nishioka revealed. “And as I said before, we will be focusing more on client-based games. Japanese developers are not focused on these kinds of games, and the Japanese market itself is more geared towards browser-based games, so we are looking to diversify beyond Japanese developers.”


In this regard, games from Taiwan, Korea and China will be potential targets for localization, Nishioka said.


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  • 324234

    Browser Game Market shrinking, thank god. If only mobile games could do the same.

    • Altin

      Or Square Enix.

    • Guest

      Don’t expect that to happen too soon. I’ll doubt that the mobile game market would decrease, there’s still alot profit going around that.

    • Aunna Terrell

      Nooo~ ;_; The mobile gaming scene is how most otome games are released in English! D: They might not be big titles that people see on the consoles and handhelds in Japan, but the mobile otomes are still pretty popular.

    • supervamp

      I hope the mobile scene continues to grow theres a lot of promise in it.

  • Sakurazaki

    A solid SMT MMO would make me ship my pants.

    • JustThisOne

      Imagine isn’t good enough for you? :<

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        MegaTen Online is weird

        • JustThisOne

          I really liked it. xD I got super addicted to it way back when. I only stopped because it’s grind-heavy ways was interfering with.. well.. Life.

  • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owl

    I may not play MMORPG’s and FPS’s (except Metroid!), but I would love to see how far they will go into this.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Metroid is a FPE

  • AnimusVox

    Not sure how I feel about the FPS part.

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      Better than MMO to be honest.

    • HassanJamal

      Have they made FPS games before?

  • ragingmerifes

    But I guess a good game in HTML5 could be better than an MMORPG.
    Seriously, I don’t care the about the platform it is on or the language it is written on; I just want the game to be interesting, and MMORPGs are… not, in my opinion.

  • Nate

    Cool. I’d like to see a good fps from a jrpg developer. I wonder what it will be like.

  • TheExile285

    Maybe Marvelous should just buy Atlus.

    How would you guys feel about that? Better than Capcom or a 1st party buying them IMO.

    • Warboss Aohd

      i gotta admit, that would be interesting to see.

  • Guest

    Japan once dominated the “burly shooty gun man” genre, so I’m looking forward to what Marvelous will provide!

  • Sylveria

    *facepalm* The FPS market is saturated. Every time a japanese developer has tried to throw their hat in the ring, the results have been bad. They simply don’t have the resources to try and compete with CoD, Halo, and MW.

    Don’t do it. Put your money into something different, something that doesn’t already have a dozen extremely strong franchises that you have no hope of competing with.

    I can say the same thing about MMOs also. There’s loads on the market and they are huge money-sinks if you want to do them even remotely well.

  • CirnoLakes

    MMORPGs are nice.

    First person shooters? No thank you.

    • Shady Shariest


      I could imagine it being very hard to make an appealing FPS, even if they use all their Jap. cliches in it :/

    • Theob Vious Choice

      It might be interesting since you don’t really see FPS games coming from Japan. Most FPS games are either “Space Marine: Will Never Be As Good As Doom Was” or “Badass Beards of Murica’: Kickin’ Ass And Drinkin’ Cheap Beer!… 3!”
      I think if they did it right, and merged the feel of traditional scrolling shooters; and perhaps designed a more competent free feeling rail shooter, we could have pretty excellent JFPS games.

  • Jahla Din

    Sooooo~ the company that makes Harvest Moon games are going to try and make an FPS?

    …………… I see……

  • Shady Shariest

    Hmhm…Browser games market shrinking is a very good sign, as it means more client based games!

    And i fail to see the godlike effect of HTML 5…Yay, we can make better browser games! And Kongregate will get more interesting…Besides that, what does it bring to the table?

    I see no point in making big games for browsers, because with a high chance the games will be unplayable to the vast majority! Whp likes to play a game that requires you to wait and download every 5-15 minutes? :/

    And on topic, i am more than intrigued to see what games they end up with :)

  • brian

    This is bizarre.
    Edit: that fps idea has solid potential, maybe they should make a Senran Kagura FPS, like Galgun but off rails.

  • Warboss Aohd

    an’ mmo?

    Do dey realize how difficult those are ta make?

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