GungHo Online Entertainment Turns To Indie Studio 17-Bit For Western Growth

By Ishaan . October 27, 2014 . 2:28pm

GungHo Online Entertainment, the publishers of Puzzle & Dragons and owner of Grasshopper Manufacture, have struck a deal with indie developer 17-Bit to promote and publish the studio’s games in North America, going forward.


17-Bit have developed games such as the turn-based strategy title Skulls of the Shogun and the upcoming sci-fi shooter Galak-Z: The Dimensional. The partnership, GungHo say, is part of the effort to expand their reach in Western markets, following the success of Puzzle & Dragons.


Suda 51’s Let it Die, the game that was formerly Lily Bergamo, is another title that GungHo hope will be successful in the West, the publisher said.


“17-Bit’s dedication to re-energizing classic genres for next-gen gaming fits perfectly with GungHo’s core values and notably expands the breadth of our game portfolio,” said Jun Iwasaki, CEO of GungHo Online Entertainment America, Inc.


“We pursued this partnership because we have high expectations for the developer and are eagerly awaiting to collaborate on their next major release.”

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  • SobriK

    This is a bit of an odd fit – but I think it’ll work out well for both parties. I was genuinely impressed with the quality of Skulls of the Shogun and the dev team behind it certainly knows their stuff.

    GungHo… well, they have plenty of money and are still working to find a solid foothold in America (P&D’s ~3-4 million downloads aren’t anything to sneeze at, but they’re not even a sixth of the Japanese market). It’ll be interesting to see what platforms 17-bit pursues after this, regardless.

  • Keiji Johnson

    Nice of you to remind us of Lily Berga- I mean “Let It Die,” Ishaan… I completely forgot about that game before you brought them up again. -_-
    On the side note, I’m interested to see how this possible collaboration would play out. Also, I haven’t known much of Skulls of the Shogun in awhile. Is the game any good?

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