This is official now, so we can finally talk about it. Yasuhiro Wada, creator of the Harvest Moon franchise and Director of Digital Entertainment at Marvelous, is opting out of the company for what is described as “personal reasons.”
Come the start of the new fiscal year on March 31st, Wada will be acting as an adviser to Marvelous. It is unclear how his departure will affect his producer / executive producer role on the games published by them.
Wada-san’s departure from Marvelous is the latest in a string of unfortunate events surrounding the publisher, due largely to their poor financial performance. In January, they announced that executives across the company would be taking cuts in their salary, with directors docking their pay by up to 43%. Perhaps there’s more to this story than “personal reasons?”
MMV’s current situation is a sad state of affairs, considering some of the best games published in the last year have come from them. Their lineup included Half-Minute Hero, No More Heroes, and Little King’s Story.