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Muv-Luv Developer Age Pursues More Anime, Game Adaptations

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Avex Pictures recently purchased Age's Ixtl rights holding company

Game developer Age launched a survey on Wednesday that notes that, under the recent acquisition of Age's Ixtl rights management company by media company Avex Pictures, Age "intend[s] to pursue anime and game adaptations of [its] core business content while simultaneously engaging in active overseas development." The survey also asks participants to determine which topics will be discussed during its talk event at Tokyo Game Show on September 24. The talk will be livestreamed.

Age also posted an equivalent survey in Japanese.

Age founded Ixtl in 2011 as a rights management company for its intellectual property, particularly for the Muv-Luv franchise. That franchise has since spawned sequels, spinoffs, adaptations, and derivative works, including the Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse and Schwarzes Marken television anime, for which it is also credited for animation production. Ixtl still releases games under the Age brand name.

Avex Pictures previously managed the distribution for many Ixtl products, including game software, anime home video releases, music CDs, and other merchandise.

Publisher Degica and developer Ixtl launched the Kickstarter to localize Koki Yoshimune's Muv-Luv (Muv-Luv Extra and Muv-Luv Unlimited) and Muv-Luv Alternative visual novels in September 2015. The campaign met its initial goal of US$250,000 within eight hours, and ultimately raised US$1,255,444.

Muv-Luv Extra and Muv-Luv Unlimited launched on Steam in English in July 2016. Muv-Luv Alternative, the last game in the series, will launch on September 18.

Aside from the Muv-Luv franchise, Age's Kimi ga Nozomu Eien visual novel and its spinoff Akane Maniax also inspired anime adaptations. Funimation released Kimi ga Nozomu Eien with the title Rumbling Hearts, and the visual novel also inspired the Kimi ga Nozomu Eien ~Next Season~ OVA, and the Ayumayu Theater anime.

Thanks to invalidname for the news tip.

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