Marvelous’ Game Division Books Profits, But Cancels Epic RPG Title

Marvelous Entertainment’s digital contents division is in much better shape than it was last year where the publisher reported 1,311 million yen in net losses ($14.5 million*) between April 1, 2009 and December 31 of the same year. Fast forward a year and Marvelous booked a modest net profit of 89 million yen ($1 million) for the video game sector during the same time period.

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Fate/Extra released for PSP in July shipped 100,000 units. Harvest Moon: Twins Village for Nintendo DS was the star of the show with 200,000 units shipped. Figures were not reported for No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, which Marvelous published in October. Marvelous also started service Everyone’s Harvest Moon and Ikki Tousen browser games. Both titles are acquiring new players, said the publisher.


The financial report also makes mention of an "epic RPG" for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 which Marvelous canceled. Marvelous decided to discontinue development due to unfavorable market conditions and absorbed a 245 million yen ($3 million) loss. Marvelous has not made mention of an RPG to date. Past RPG projects from Marvelous include the Valhalla Knights series developed with K2, Avalon Code from Matrix Software, Luminous Arc, and Arc Rise Fantasia. The last two titles were handled by Imageepoch who are now self-publishing games in Japan.


* This figure was calculated by using the average yen to dollar exchange rate from February 2010.

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