Mikoishi Announces New Execs & Expanded Focus
Singapore-based mobile game developer Mikoishi announced today the appointment of Frank Brown as Chairman of the Board and Irene Chua as Chief Executive Officer. Brown comes to Mikoishi from MTV, where he most recently served as senior management at MTV Networks Europe. Chua comes from Electronic Arts, where she oversaw the company's pan-Asian presence. The two appointments were made "in preparation for the company's next stage of growth."
The company is most well-known today as the developer of network-enabled mobile games, including the episodic Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, as well as Star Wars Battlefront Mobile and Super Puzzle Fighter II: Network Battle.
"Over the last 6 years, Mikoishi has built a reputation as a premier developer and operator of multiplayer games for mobile phones," Alex Goatcher, Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder said in a statement.
"By leveraging our expertise, technology and team we are now addressing opportunities on multiple gaming platforms including handheld (Nintendo DS) and Online PC. Over the last 18 months we have been working on a slate of highly compelling entertainment products all based on original Mikoishi franchises. We are embarking on a very exciting next phase of growth and we are delighted to have such proven execution experience join the charge," he continued.
This expansion outside of the mobile medium mirrors the decision other mobile game developers and publishers have recently made. Floodgate's latest title, Daycare Nightmare, is a downloadable PC release, despite the company primarily being considered a mobile game developer. Gameloft has begun releasing many of its mobile titles as PC downloadables as well, and it's an expansion Glu recently hinted at as well.
Although no specifics were announced, Brown and Chua did provide some clues regarding what form Mikoishi's expansion is likely to take.
"...we plan to establish online communities for each of our franchises so gamers can also contribute ideas for expansion packs as well as extended storylines." Chua said.
Brown expanded on this roadmap, stating, "We are also planning to develop our franchises beyond games and we are exploring opportunities in merchandising, animation, toys and other related products. Mikoishi games showcase our team's Asian flair yet still embody an overall international appeal. We will be unveiling our three primary franchises along with our product road map over the next few weeks."