Japanese game Airship Q is like Minecraft and Terraria, but you play as a cat … that’s digital gold, and you can see why a savvy company would want to invest in that.

That’s exactly what Rage of Bahamut developer Cygames did. The company revealed over the weekend that it invested around $680,000 (70 million yen) in Airship Q developer Miracle Positive, as first spotted by Siliconera.

Airship Q is an open-world sandbox game that has players controlling a cat that was once human. Gamers must craft and build an airship, fight other airships, and find a magical empress that can return the cat to its human form. It feature action role-playing elements and looks visually similar to Terraria.

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Miracle Positive plans to release the game on PlayStation Vita in Japan. We’ve reached out to the company to ask about the possibility of a Western release and how it plans to use its influx of cash.

In 2013, Miracle Positive put Airship Q up for crowdfunding on a Japanese Kickstarter-like site known as Makuake. The studio only asked for $5,000, but backers ended up pledging over $12,000. Now, with Cygame’s investment, the developer has several times that amount of cash to work with.

Airship Q is due out this year.

Cygames’ Rage of Bahamut was one of the highest-grossing mobile games on iOS and Android in 2013. Due to its success, Japanese mobile publisher DeNA swooped in and picked up a 20 percent interest in Cygames and released Rage of Bahamut under its Mobage label.

We’ve reached out to Cygames to ask about the terms of the investment.

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