When a larger company owns two smaller companies that perform similar functions, it sometimes decides the best course of action is to merge the two. Even though it may mean some shifting around, it can result in a stronger, more cost-effective, single company. Dwango owns Chunsoft and Spike. I’m sure you recognize the names. Chunsoft has been developing games since 1984 and Spike has been developing and publishing games since 2005. Dwango’s decided it would be best for both companies if they joined together. And thus, Spike Chunsoft has been born.
Spike Chunsoft isn’t official yet. The new company will officially be formed on April 1, 2012. All the approvals have gone through! Don’t worry, as this should be good news. Spike Chunsoft will still be developing and making games. I’m thinking this just means that Chunsoft will no longer have to rely on other companies for publishing duties. The Spike aspect will handle it.
I wouldn’t be surprised if you were concerned. Both Spike and Chunsoft have been responsible for some great games lately. Chunsoft created 999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors (DS), Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward (3DS, Vita), 428: Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de (PS3, PSP, Wii), Shiren the Wanderer (Wii) and the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon (DS) games. Not to mention Spike is responsible for the Kenka Bancho series, Way of the Samurai and published BioShock, Dead Island and Dragon Age: Origins in Japan. This seems to be a consolidation move and none of the companies involved have mentioned any layoffs or drastic changes. Hopefully, everything will remain the same.