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Arc System Works CEO Wants To Be More Aggressive In Pursing IP Collaborations

Chief executive officer of Arc System Works, Minoru Kidooka, wants the studio to be more aggressive and less passive with IP collaborations.

Speaking to IGN during EVO 2022, Kidooka regarded how previous collaborations involved Arc System Works needing to be approached first.

That’s precisely what Kidooka wants to change, in an attempt to expand the fighting game genre and to try and reach more western audiences.

“We need to expand fighting [game] communities through IP. In the future, if we have such an opportunity, we are actively pushing to collaborate with new IP owners.”

Which specific IPs the studio could collaborate with owners on is another question, one that likely won’t be answered for a while.

But this push for a new attitude change won’t take anything away from the studio’s plans for its own original IP like BlazBlue and Guilty Gear.

Kidooka even reportedly has “a plan” for BlazBlue, thinking that it could be an IP ripe for the next generation of fighting games and genres beyond fighting.

Arc System Works is already responsible for some of the best fighting games in the genre, so thinking about what new IP it could tackle next is an exciting concept.

Source – [IGN]