Looking through their back catalogue, budget publisher Midas Interactive released more games on the PSone and PlayStation 2 than some of the big publishers out there. It was certainly a case of quantity over quality though â€“ you can count the amount of games worth playing on one hand.
Itâ€™s really quite amazing that some of them got the green light from Sony. Eurogamer recently had a chat with one of the developers behind Midasâ€™ Daemon Summoner, a PlayStation 2 FPS from 2006 which was knocked out in just three months. As you can imagine, it was far from being a classic.
The publisher has been oddly quiet for the past year or so. It looks like their last few games were PSP re-releases on the Essentials Range. We could be wrong here though. Amazon says that puzzle game Octomania on Wii was released just last month. NGamer magazine reviewed it way back in 2009, hence the uncertainness.
What we do know is what their office in Essex looks like, thanks to the miracle of Google Street View:
We have also learnt today that theyâ€™re now part of the Majesty House Group and share office space with fellow budget-publishers Ghostlight and casual game developer Laughing Jackal. As you can see, they have plenty of room around them to expand. Or to have a game of football with their newly found friends.
I miss the days when Midas used to publish weird low-budget Japanese games :( Companies like them and 505 (back when they were cool) made being a European gamer that bit more interesting. Budget publishers these days mostly just publish western-developed games, which usually are both awful and lack the charm of their Japanese counterparts. Damn shame.
We do see some strange little DS games from time to time, picked up and localised, but as the DS fades away they’re starting to become fewer and far between.
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