Roughly twenty to thirty percent. “Maybe two or three out of ten titles, I get the license. We have many offers, but many of them I have to reject,” Haru Akenaga, President of NIS America, said to OtakuXGamer.
When NIS America opened their doors they started publishing games developed by Gust (Atelier, Ar Tonelico) and Idea Factory (Spectral Force). We still see a fair amount of Gust titles from NIS America, but the number of Idea Factory titles have dropped. Why?
“When we started, Gust and Idea Factory licensed their titles to us. Since then, we’ve kept a good relationship with them. That’s why, basically, I don’t reject the titles from Gust. But Idea Factory – they have lots of titles, so we cannot do everything. We just get a few titles from them. But other companies – many of the titles I have to reject.” Other publishers such as Yukes, Atlus, and soon Ignition with Spectral Force Genesis stepped in to pick up Idea Factory’s games.
Be sure to head over to OtakuXGamer for the full interview, its a good read that touches on SCEA’s stance on visual novels and Akenaga’s thoughts on which genres NIS America should work with.