Cavia (company)

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Cavia Inc.
Video game development studio
Industry Computer and video games
Fate Absorbed into AQ Interactive (parent company)
Founded March 1, 2000
Defunct July 2010
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Chikara Uchino (President & COO), Yoko Taro (Director, Game Designer)
Products Video games
Website Cavia Inc.

Cavia, Inc. (株式会社キャビア Kabushiki gaisha Kyabia?) was a Japanese video game developer. The company name was apparently an acronym for Computer Amusement Visualizer, although the company web site also claims it refers to caviar.[1]

The company was founded on March 1, 2000 and has its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Its shareholders included Amuse Capital, Tokuma Shoten, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation, Nippon Television Network Corporation, Tokyo FM Broadcasting, Mitsubishi Corporation, and Hayao Nakayama.

Cavia usually developed games for already existing franchises, like Naruto, Dragon Quest, One Piece or Ghost in the Shell for various publishers.

On October 2005, the company’s name was changed from Cavia Inc. to AQ Interactive Inc. AQ Interactive Inc. became a holding company responsible for the management of subsidiary companies as well as sales and promotion of game software. The old company’s game planning & development business was transferred to a newly established Cavia Inc.[2]

In July 2010, the company was officially disbanded and absorbed into AQ Interactive. Cavia would henceforth stop developing games, with Nier which it released in May 2010 being the last game developed by Cavia.[3] Despite the closure, some members of the development staff from Nier, including director Yoko Taro, went on to produce a sequel to the Drakengard series, Drakengard 3, under Access Games and published by Square Enix.

Former members of the development teams at Cavia, Inc. have either gone freelance as with the case of Yoko Taro, or joined other development teams within Marvelous AQL (as a part of their merger), Comcept, Tango Gameworks, From Software or rejoined the teams at Namco where members of Cavia, Inc. were from originally.



  1. ^ "Cavia Inc. Official Website". Cavia Inc. Archived from the original on May 12, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Cavia Inc. Company Profile". Cavia Inc. October 2005. Archived from the original on September 18, 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ Darryl (2010-07-12). "NieR To Be Cavia's Last Title, Company Ceases". Gaming Union. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  4. ^ Spencer (April 30, 2012). "Catacombs – The Game Cavia And Square Enix Were Working On After Nier". Retrieved May 31, 2012. 

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