Ken Kutaragi joins Marvelous AQL

Former Sony chairman and CEO becomes external director at Japanese publisher of Harvest Moon

The "Father of the PlayStation" has a new title. According to an SGCafe translation of a Nikkei article, former Sony chairman and CEO Ken Kutaragi has been named an external director at Marvelous AQL.

Kutaragi is reportedly being brought on board to further Marvelous' development globally. Last year, the Harvest Moon publisher established a European subsidiary, and earlier this week, it formally rechristened its American publishing arm, XSEED, as Marvelous USA. Marvelous AQL was first formed in 2011 by the merger of three Japanese developers: AQ Interactive, Livewire, and Marvelous Entertainment.

Credited with pushing Sony into the games industry in the first place, Kutaragi ended his tenure with the electronics giant in 2007, when he stepped down in the wake of a difficult launch for the PlayStation 3. He went on to found Cyber AI Entertainment, a firm specializing in networking technology, in 2009.

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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd4 years ago
Given Marvelous's general production of almost nothing but Nintendo platform games, I find this kind of funny.
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Private Industry 4 years ago
Despite him receivin a lot of criticism, some of it valid, the consoles he helped to release were great pieces of technology and I hope he the new position works out for him.
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Yiannis Koumoutzelis Founder & Creative Director, Neriad Games4 years ago
Nicholas i do not find it funny, i find it potentially dangerous for 3DS. As gradually a good source of premium games could switch! ;) Kutaragi has done a lot for consoles there is no doubt, but i am not so sure about him dismissing his loyalty to Sony despite being out.
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Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange4 years ago
Not sure about him doing a lot for consoles, it's more of him doing a lot more with carving a market for SONY's game machines. It makes more business sense to develop games for the 3DS than the struggling Vita. However, given SONY's full year's sales slide, things could still change for better or worse once they drop the system's price outside Japan.
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