Cavia, Inc. was a Japanese video game developer. The company name was apparently an acronym for Computer Amusement Visualizer, although the company web site also claims it refers to caviar.
The company was founded on March 1, 2000 and has its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Its shareholders included Amuse Capital, Tokuma Shoten, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation, Nippon Television Network Corporation, Tokyo FM Broadcasting, Mitsubishi Corporation, and Hayao Nakayama.
Cavia usually developed games for already existing franchises, like Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, One Piece or Ghost in the Shell for various publishers.
On October 2005, the company’s name was changed from Cavia Inc. to AQ Interactive Inc. AQ Interactive Inc. became a holding company responsible for the management of subsidiary companies as well as sales and promotion of game software. The old company’s game planning & development business is transferred to a newly established Cavia Inc.
In July 2010, it was officially announced that the company would be disbanded and absorbed into AQ Interactive. The company would henceforth stop developing games, with NieR RepliCant and NieR Gestalt (NIER) which was released in May 2010 being the last game developed by Cavia.