Tri-Ace to be Acquired by Nepro Japan, Refocused on the Mobile Games Market

tri-ace logo 2015-02-20

Nepro Japan announced today that it will be acquiring all of Tri-Ace, the video game developer responsible for such titles as Star Ocean, Valkyrie Profile, Final Fantasy XIII-2, and Phantasy Star Nova.

Tri-Ace is privately owned. According to Kabutan, the acquisition will cost 413 million yen (about $3.5 million), which cost will be composed of 333 million yen in cash payments and 80 million yen in Nepro shares. This cost does not include advisory fees and the like.

Bloomberg describes Nepro Japan as a company that focuses on mobile communications. However, Nepro Japan’s subsidiaries also develop video games for mobile devices, and the company is looking to further bolster its presence in the mobile games market with acquisitions such as this.

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  1. Sergio Nacher Fernández
    Sergio Nacher Fernández
    February 20, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Well, that’s it. All hopes for a Valkyrie Profile game starring Hrist got smashed against the rocks right there, without a care in the world.

    And another part of me met a painful, whimpering, ignoble end. ._.

  2. Dom The Elegy
    Dom The Elegy
    February 20, 2015 at 10:43 am

    RIP in pepperoni tri-Ace. I really liked your Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile series.

  3. Loli-Nox-Tan
    February 20, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Welp, now I’m depressed

  4. Siveon
    February 20, 2015 at 10:45 am

    And another piece of my child-hood is bought and enslaved by a bigger corporation.

    Fucking hell.

  5. landlock
    February 20, 2015 at 11:24 am

    IMO they haven’t done a decent game since 2008 so while it’s a little sad. I’m not overly bothered.

  6. Sebastian Mikulec
    Sebastian Mikulec
    February 20, 2015 at 11:36 am

    And nothing of value was lost.

    They haven’t made a good game in almost 10 years. The mojo they had when they made Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile was lost long ago.

  7. Cy
    February 20, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Nooooo! Why are all these Japanese devs being destroyed to make mobile garbage?

    RIP Star Ocean. ;_;

  8. DwightParkman
    February 20, 2015 at 11:50 am

    their going… “gasp” mobile?!

  9. Siveon
    February 20, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    It was inevitable, but still – it hurts.

  10. Audie Bakerson
    Audie Bakerson
    February 20, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    tri-Ace doesn’t actually own any of the properties they worked on except Judas Code. It’s perfectly plausable that anyone not interested in making mobile games will jump ship and make Valkyrie Profile 3/whatever if SE wanted to fund such a thing.

    Honestly, I’m not sure how Nepro thought this was a good idea. Literally all tri-Ace has is the name, a little known download only Vita title, and talent that doesn’t have to stick around (the former owners might have some minimum in the sale contract, but it can’t be that long and the rank and file has nothing beyond existing employment agreements)

  11. Steven T.
    Steven T.
    February 20, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    That… fucking hurts…

  12. Tromboner
    February 20, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    They hadn’t done much of worth in a long time, but still, always hurts to see this sort of thing happen.

  13. Wrathful
    February 20, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    One company by company, either they are laying off or dissolving into another. I dislike the fact that the budget that goes to make the game is overly excessive.

  14. InfectedAI
    February 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Was Phantasy Star Nova not well received?

  15. Fenrir007
    February 20, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Oh god, no! NO! Japan, please, get a grip!

  16. Thanatos2k
    February 20, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Fuck this. Even so, what the hell has Tri Ace been doing the last 5 years? Crappy handheld games that never get localized? After releasing Star Ocean 4 and Resonance of Fate they haven’t done jack shit. Where is Valkyrie Profile 3? Why wasn’t Valkyrie Profile 3 made for the PS3? Your studio’s decline is your own fault. You are yet another example of a formerly great console JRPG maker who moved to handhelds and failed miserably because of it.

  17. E.D. Vazquez
    E.D. Vazquez
    February 20, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Now I feel sad for Hrist, she got no love compared to her sisters.

  18. Doc Hammer
    Doc Hammer
    February 20, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Noooooo damn you mobile gaming

  19. Ms_Fortune
    February 20, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Meh, Tri-Ace has been dead to me since the PS2 era, nothing they made past the PS1 ever came close to the quality of VP or SO2.

    The retarded SO3 plot point was the final nail in the coffin as far as I’m concerned.

  20. Marcus Lawshe'
    Marcus Lawshe'
    February 20, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Had good memories of some of the Star Ocean titles.

    Infinite Undiscovery…..not so much.

    Still. sad to see them being dismantled for mobile games. :/

  21. Landale
    February 20, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    That plot twist wasn’t really the issue I had with the game, rather it was that they didn’t really do much of anything with it.

  22. Malcolm_Ecks
    February 20, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    I expect for a bunch of the Star Ocean devs to break off and start a new studio to make a revival series for Star Ocean.

  23. Cerzel
    February 20, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Since SO4 and RoF both bombed (RoF especially badly) nobody wanted to give them the budget for another big game. It’s a damn shame too, because RoF was an interesting game and had a great script after SO4 was largely hurt by an awful script.

    What I’m left to wonder about now is what’s going to happen to the SO2 Vita remake that got announced not long ago.

  24. Thanatos2k
    February 21, 2015 at 2:01 am

    If SO4 bombed so badly, why did they rerelease it? Why is it the highest selling Xbox360 game in Japan? (Surprised me too)

    SO4 wasn’t a failure. Resonance of Fate sold maybe a million, which I don’t think you can call a failure either. I’m sure Sega in their infinite idiocy considers the first title of a new IP selling a million copies a failure (and that’s why they’re in the gutter today) but I don’t exactly think that’s what buried Tri-Ace.

  25. MusouTensei
    February 21, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Very sad news :<

  26. Thanatos2k
    February 21, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    I’ve seen 800k total across both systems quoted in various places at the time, so I assume around a million by now.