Arc System Works Acquires Jake Hunter, Theresia Game Rights From WorkJam
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Japanese game developer Arc System Works announced on Tuesday that it has acquired the rights to the Jake Hunter (Tantei Jingūji Saburō), Theresia, Nazo no Jikenbo, and Koneko no Ie game franchises from WorkJam.
The developer is working on a new Nintendo 3DS game as well as a smartphone app for the Jake Hunter series. While the smartphone app will allow players to play remade older titles in the series, the Nintendo 3DS game, Tantei Jingūji Saburō: Ghost of the Dusk, will be a new installment in the series that will celebrate its 30th anniversary.
The series began in 1987 when Data East released Tantei Jingūji Saburō: Shinjuku Chūō Kōen Satsujin Jiken, the first game in the series, on the Nintendo Famicom. The series has since received various installments on consoles and phones. WorkJam began work on the series after Data East filed for bankruptcy in 2003. Aksys Games localized the Nintendo DS game Tantei Jingūji Saburō DS: Inishie no Kioku as Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles in 2008, and rereleased the game under the title Jake Hunter Detective Story: Memories of the Past in 2009. The 2009 edition included more cases and new translations.
WorkJam developed the Theresia: Dear Emile horror visual novel for the Nintendo DS in 2008, and Arc System Works published the game. Aksys Games released the game in English in the same year.
The Nazo ni Jikenbo games parody the main Jake Hunter series. The Koneko no Ie series features three cats as protagonists on a fantasy adventure.