Starting July 1st, 2016, Rocket Company will be no more. The Japanese publisher behind the Medarot games will be merged with its parent company Imagineer. The move is being made as Imagineer plans to transition its business to focus less on packaged software for dedicated gaming devices and more on games for smart phones/tablets. While the company will continue to release games on dedicated platforms, worsening market conditions will see fewer titles launch as they review their business strategy.
The press release for the announcement confirms that Imagineer will continue to support Rocket’s products. Also mentioned is the transferal of the Medarot franchise, implying there might be future products released under Imagineer’s name. Unsurprisingly, the Medarotters Store will also continue to operate.
Rocket Company was a fully owned subsidiary of Imagineer and took over the latter’s video game publishing business in the mid 2000s. Their first Medarot release was 2004’s Shingata Medarot on the Gameboy Advance. Their final Medarot product was this year’s Medarot: Girls Mission on 3DS. Their final title in general appears to be Pom Pom Purin: Korokoro Daibouken, which launched on the 3DS on April 7th. Before Rocket Company, Imagineer published games under their own name.
Prior to the merger being official, Rocket Company president Shuhei Iida and senior executive vice president Hikaru Horiuchi will retire on June 30th.
This new follows the recent closure of Medarot series developer and partial Rocket Company subsidiary Delta-Arts.