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Research Methods: Hidden data, shared staff


  • Matsumoto Tooru no Kabushiki Hisshou Gaku (under subcontract with Digital Presence?) (JP Publisher: Imagineer)
  • Ultima: Kyoufu no Exodus / Ultima: Exodus (programming?; under sub-subcontract with Digital Presence?) (JP Publisher: Pony Canyon; US Publisher: FCI)
Production: Newtopia Planning

Matsumoto Tooru no Kabushiki Hisshou Gaku contains the following string:

MUSIC_KA Version 1.1 in 1987-11-1Copywrite by Softhans ,Tomohiro Hori

According to Infinity head Yukio Horimoto, the contract for FC/NES Ultima IV (developed by Infinity) was given by Newtopia Planning through a company called Digital Presence, which was run by the same person who ran Digital Arts. [1]

Digital Arts appears to be run by Takaaki Ushiki [2], who was "program director" on Matsumoto Tooru no Kabushiki Hisshou Gaku and "chief programmer" on Ultima: Exodus.