Acquire (company)

Acquire Corp. (株式会社アクワイア, Kabushikigaisha Akuwaia) is a Japanese video game developer and publisher, mainly known for their Tenchu and Way of the Samurai series.[1] Acquire was founded on December 6, 1994, and in 1998 developed Tenchu: Stealth Assassins for the PlayStation, which turned into a franchise. The developer pushed for a more sandbox approach to the level design, which found its way in other Acquire titles like Way of the Samurai and Shinobido: Way of the Ninja.[2] In 2011, the company was acquired by GungHo Online Entertainment.[3] Acquire co-developed Octopath Traveler with Square Enix, releasing in 2018. Acquire was chosen as development partner for the game based on their affinity with pixel-art and prior work on the What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord? series.[4] Acquire developed Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story, which released in 2020, following the cancellation of a fifth Way of the Samurai entry.[5]

Acquire Corp.
(株式会社アクワイア)
TypeKabushiki gaisha
IndustryVideo games
Founded6 December 1994; 27 years ago (1994-12-06)[1]
Headquarters
Chiyoda, Tokyo
,
Japan
Key people
Takuma Endo (Representative Director)
Products
Servicesmotion capture
Number of employees
120 (2020)[1]
ParentGungHo Online Entertainment (2011–present)
Websiteacquire.co.jp

Games developedEdit

Year Title Platform(s) Notes
1998 Tenchu: Stealth Assassins PlayStation
2000 Tenchu 2: Birth of the Stealth Assassins PlayStation
2002 Way of the Samurai PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable
2003 Way of the Samurai 2 PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable
2005 Samurai Western PlayStation 2
Shinobido: Way of the Ninja PlayStation 2
Shinobido: Tales of the Ninja PlayStation Portable
2006 Kamiwaza PlayStation 2
2007 What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord? PlayStation Portable
2008 Class of Heroes PlayStation Portable
What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord? 2 PlayStation Portable
Way of the Samurai 3 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
2009 Tenchu: Shadow Assassins Wii, PlayStation Portable
2010 Patchwork Heroes PlayStation Portable
No Heroes Allowed! PlayStation Portable
2011 Way of the Samurai 4 PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows
Clan of Champions Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3
Akiba's Trip PlayStation Portable
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, iOS, Microsoft Windows
Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen PlayStation Vita
2012 Orgarythm PlayStation Vita, Android Co-developed with Neilo
Sumioni: Demon Arts PlayStation Vita, Android
2013 Mind Zero PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows Co-developed by ZeroDiv
Divine Gate iOS, Android
Rain PlayStation 3 Co-developed with Japan Studio
Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed
No Heroes Allowed: No Puzzles Either! [6]
2014 Fort Raiders SMAAASH! iOS, Android
2015 Aegis of Earth: Protonovus Assault PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows
2016 Akiba's Trip Festa! Android Co-developed with DMM Games
Akiba's Beat PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
2017 No Heroes Allowed! VR PlayStation 4
2018 Octopath Traveler Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Stadia, Xbox One Co-developed with Square Enix Business Division 11
2020 Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows
2021 Labyrinth of Zangetsu PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows [7]
2022 Adventure Academia: The Fractured Continent PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows
2023 Octopath Traveler II Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 Co-developed with Square Enix Business Division 11[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "会社概要 | 会社情報 | 株式会社アクワイア ACQUIRE Corp". 2021-10-31.
  2. ^ "Q&A: Tenchu developer talks stealth, now that it's back in fashion". Gamasutra. Retrieved December 6, 2021.
  3. ^ "Tenchu Developer to Become Subsidiary of GungHo Online". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  4. ^ "'We just created the game that we wanted to play as Japanese developers'". Eurogamer. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  5. ^ "Acquire Developers on How a Cancelled Way of the Samurai 5 Led to Katanakami". Siliconera. Retrieved December 6, 2021.
  6. ^ 2013-09-17, Holy Heroes, Badman Is Back For PlayStation Vita, Siliconera
  7. ^ "Prepare to Enter Labyrinth of Zangetsu in 2021". Siliconera. Retrieved 2021-11-03.
  8. ^ Welsh, Oli (September 13, 2022). "Octopath Traveler has a sequel, due early next year". Polygon. Retrieved September 13, 2022.

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