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Dragon Quest 6 and 7 development studio being revived

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Heartbeat to relaunch in 2013

The president and CEO of Genius Sonority – the studio behind games like Dragon Quest: Swords and Pokémon Colosseum – is relaunching Heartbeat, a studio that retired in the early 2000s after developing Dragon Quest 6 and 7.

Manabu Yamana, the developer who founded Heartbeat before launching Genius Sonority, tweeted earlier today that after a 10 year hiatus from game development, Heartbeat will be relaunching in the new year and will approach game development with a different business perspective than what has been done in the past.

The company had originally retired from game development due to the rising costs of game development. Yamana said in his tweet that more information will be announced in 2013.

A Nintendo 3DS remake of Dragon Quest 7 is currently in the works by ArtePiazza, a studio that is also responsible for the DS remakes of Dragon Quest 4, 5 and 6.