Chibi-Robo Studio Skip Reported To Be Shutting Down


Posted on August 8, 2020 by Nick Moreno

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Among the bevy of Nintendo franchises that players are anticipating to see with a return some day in the coming future, that same dream might not be a reality for the Chibi-Robo series. With the latest entry in the franchise – Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash On the Nintendo 3DS back in 2015 – there has been zero communications as to where the firm is heading with future projects.

In a report done by One Controller Ports, the outlet discloses that after researching on the team’s current endeavors and its status as a standing firm at its offices in Shibuya City, Japan, Skip might be closing shop. In addition to a prior investigation of the developer’s placard being covered up at its Tokyo building, the website now has learned that the plot for the team’s offices is now occupied by The CoPa Corporation as Skip is now erased completely from the building’s sign.

Adding on, the official website for developer Skip, skiptokyo.com, is now inaccessible with a 403 Error. This translates to the provider of the domain to sever its resources to continue updating the webpage. Thirdly, Skip CEO Hiroshi Suzuki also removed any mentioning of the studio’s presence from his Twitter account. While many question the legitimacy of the account since the profile is not verified, One Controller Port tells the page to be active with Chibi-Robo content until 2018.

The website goes as far as to compare the bankruptcy of developer AlphaDream to the current situation regarding Skip; countering the possible unfolding of the team. While the Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story team began liquidating resources shortly after the game’s release, no same action can be found under Skip’s jurisdiction.

Recognizing the significance of Chibi-Robo, while not standing as a key figure for Nintendo’s catalogue of franchises, One Controller Port tells that Skip could still find a way to continue as a new entity in the future with the series’ branding. Or even more, the firm could sell the rights to Nintendo and an internal party could resurrect the series with a new entry later down the road.

What are your thoughts on the possible closing of developer Skip?

Source: One Controller Port

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