Ambrella, the Japanese studio behind a number of spin-off Pokémon titles, has been fully acquired by Creatures Inc., it’s been confirmed.
Pokémon fans will know Ambrella for its work on the Pokémon Rumble series, GameCube’s Pokémon Channel, and N64’s Hey You, Pikachu! among other titles in the franchise, but 2019’s Pokémon Rumble Rush will be its last game. The acquisition actually took place towards the end of last year; an official announcement states that Creatures will gain all property rights of Ambrella’s work and that the studio will be dissolved as a result.
Creatures is a development studio which has always been closely linked to The Pokémon Company, founded by Pokémon president Tsunekazu Ishihara and then-president of HAL Laboratory, Satoru Iwata. Creatures has developed a number of Pokémon titles over the years, as well as the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
It’s currently unclear how the acquisition will affect the future of the Pokémon Rumble series, which saw five games launch over the course of a decade from 2009 – 2019. The last entry, the always-online Pokémon Rumble Rush, was actually shut down last summer.