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Video: Koei Tecmo: Atelier Ayesha Plus Arrives on PS Vita Today

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2w ago - Koei Tecmo Europe Community Manager Chin Soon Sun announced that Atelier Ayesha Plus officially arrives on PS Vita today complete with a PlayStation Vita video trailer below.

To quote: Hello PS Vita players! We're happy to announce that today we are launching Atelier Ayesha Plus ~The Alchemist of Dusk~ on PS Vita via PlayStation Store.





If you're not familiar with the Atelier game series, it's a RPG developed by one of our development teams, GUST, in Japan.

Unlike the previous titles in the Atelier series, the setting for Atelier Ayesha Plus - the Dusk World - is on the verge of ruin, the glory of their civilization based on alchemy all but lost. Additionally, Hidari's role as illustrator serves to further deepen the presentation of the Dusk World.

Atelier Ayesha Plus tells the tale of a girl, Ayesha Altugle, who after the death of her grandfather and the disappearance of her younger sister Nio, now lives alone blending healing cures to sell in her workshop. Upon a vision of Nio appearing near her empty grave, Ayesha is convinced Nio is still alive and begins her search to save her sister.

This enhanced PS Vita version will bring new features including dual audio (English and Japanese...
 

Tecmo Koei President Says XBox 360 is Doing Better in Japan

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291w ago - Kenji Matsubara, global President and CEO of Tecmo Koei Holdings, has said that despite a difficult start in Japan, Microsoft is doing better with Xbox 360 than it did with the original console.

To quote: "Xbox 360 as a business is doing better than the old Xbox," he told Kikizo.

"They have a good opportunity for growth, but of course Sony is a Japanese company and Microsoft is known as a business software company, so brand image is one point. But Microsoft is doing well, especially considering how difficult it is these days.

"I think they have good growth potential for the future depending on the titles. We have a close relationship with Microsoft so I hope we can be a part of that."
 

Tecmo Rejects Square Enix Bid, in Talks to Merge with Koei

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334w ago - Square Enix announced its proposal last week to acquire a controlling stake in Tecmo. While the bid was set to expire later today, Tecmo formally rejected the offer this morning, as they believe a merge with Koei would be more fitting.

From the released statement, translated by Reuters:

Through a merger, we expect we can grow further by respecting both companies' identities and having an environment in which employees can fully exhibit their skills.

Koei, eh? Makes sense. Tecmo is popular here in the West with titles like Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive, while Koei is well-known for its Dynasty Warriors series, which is a huge hit in Japan.

So a merge would give them significant market share in both countries. Given the current state of the company, it's rather surprising that Tecmo passed up on Square's offer indeed.
 
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