Developer Dingo Files For Bankruptcy


Game development studio Dingo (responsible for Persona 4: Dancing All Night, Photo Kano, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva and more) have filed for bankruptcy, a turn of events that will no doubt upset their hordes of fans despite them mostly only producing games from existing franchises.

The sudden inaccessibility of the developer’s website led one devoted fan to their offices, only to find a letter stating that they have ceased all business on March 21st and are planning to file for bankruptcy, which has since been confirmed by major Japanese news sources.

Before this confirmation, a supposed former employee revealed in a 2ch thread for Laguna Strike Angels (a game developed by Dingo) that the company’s debt was well over ¥300 million and that some employees had even been stiffed on their wages, blaming the mass failure of their “Reco Love” series as the major blow to the company’s financial state.

Those worried about what will happen to the Reco Love and Photo Kano series have been reassured by publisher Kadokawa Games, who have stated that they are currently in possession of this IP and will likely continue to produce future games and content for them.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    22:15 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yet another mercenary company doing only order made games by bigger companies instead of using their own ideas that goes bankrupt.
    Outsourcing, killing jobs since invented.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:00 01/04/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, what can you do? Just stating the obvious is just obnoxious to me. Do something other than paste a description of what you percieve it as.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:59 01/04/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    tbh Diva Project on th e PS4 was way worse than the one on the NDS. What did they expect after this shit?

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    Comment by planetarian
    15:56 10/04/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dingo had nothing to do with any of the Diva games past 2011.

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    Comment by planetarian
    15:57 10/04/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    and even before that they only worked on the PSP versions...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:11 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aprils fool sure.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:30 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, this news is days old. They haven't been responsible for Miku games in years and years.

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    Comment by Larry
    05:12 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    2 days early for that.

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    Comment by Rya
    02:34 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's what happens if you don't release on PC in English.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:03 01/04/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh tumblr, you continue to be the cancer of the west.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:32 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nice try, murican retards, but no. Keep playing your stupid overwatch.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:04 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What the heck does Overwatch have to do with anything?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:26 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    its on PC in English?)

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:09 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its not only in English though...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:30 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    >murican retards
    >japanese companies are the ones going bankrupt

    You're really intelligent.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:22 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    The correct interpretation is: Japanese companies would rather go bankrupt than bring their products to the sjw-infested, basement-dwelling weeb masses of the Western world.

    Lern jp or git gud scrub.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:54 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    GREAT! my fkn post got deleted. anyways japan has great entertainment industry you should share and bear with us cos we are very behind in that regard u.u

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:36 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    what a retarded racist comment why the fuk you want to keep those things japanese only. In japan this things exsist for an superior, very well developed entertainment industry. In the west the industry gives a fuk about video games, comics and trickfilm. Our TV program suck seriously, we have only a hand full of games produced in the west, 90% of games are made in asia. our last great trickfilm was Avatar,the last airbender that was like 1000 years ago our kids have to watch really creepy 3D trickfilms instead of anime. our comic artists doesnt release Mangas because there isnt even a magazine to release weekly episode as a stable income. we have to make the whole book on our own costs. we have only big hollywood but they are producing movies and blockbusters, no videogames or other things. Instead of helping us out to get a good entertainment industry just teaching us the japanese way most companies doesnt sell outside of japan and no one is thinking of expanding. thats great because we simply can play everything for free outside of japan but that will take us another 100 years to develope a better entertainment industry. so stfu and bear with it

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:11 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Interesting post-truth statement. Any real figures to back it up?

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    Comment by No Name
    02:32 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    How the fuck could this have happened? Project Diva games sell like Hotcakes in Japan.

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    Comment by AngelZatch
    02:35 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They were only in charge of the PSP games, and the last one was 6 years ago.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:53 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    So it isn't an April fools joke?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:03 01/04/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    JAPAN. Get it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:42 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not a big surprise if you took into account their overall sales and purported costs to develop.

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    Comment by Esfruj Esfifurz
    09:37 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    No surprises. That's what you get nowadays with developing costs if you limit yourself to a very niche market. Japan's irrelevant in the world when it comes to sales.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:23 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's what you get with japanese major publishers. They keep constantly asking you to make changes to the original project and then they refuse to change release dates or pay for the cost of those changes because they were not part of the contract. It's endemic, but SEGA is specially bad...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:26 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Phew... For a second I thought you said DWANGO. I was scared for a second.

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