We’ve all been wondering what would become of Tecmo after the departure of Tomonobu “Rockstar” Itagaki. It’s widely believed that Itagaki saved the company way back in the 90′s when he created the Dead or Alive series of fighting games. Since then his dev group “Team Ninja” has kept Tecmo afloat with perennial sequels and remakes in the DOA series and, of course, the odd Ninja Gaiden game.
Whatever was Tecmo to do without their star developer pumping out hits for them? The answer is obvious. Merge with Koei of course.
To that end, tecmo has officially announced that they’ll be merging with Koei, developers of the long running Dynasty Warriors series. The $207 million deal is set to wrap up this April. Oddly enough, Square Enix reportedly offered to buy Tecmo out, but Tecmo refused the deal, opting instead to merge with Koei. Guess they were just blown away by Dynasty Warriors Gundam.
Who wouldn’t want to be in business with these guys?
What this means for gamers remains to be seen. We can only hope that the transition doesn’t spawn any ridiculous cross overs between games like Bladestorm and Dead or Alive or Ninja Gaiden and Dynasty Warriors.
That’s all we know for the moment. If any exciting news pops up regarding the merger in the next little while, we’ll be sure to let you know.