Quoted from JodyG:
Deeproot would be smart to just contract out manufacturing the first title to AP...
AP tried to help out the JPop Zidware fiasco when they stepped up to make Magic Girl when JPop was initially designing Houdini, and (unfortunately) got backlash when the pin wasn't fully working. Not sure if they want to go near anything JPop related again.
Not sure if I got that 100% correct, but the point is...I bet there would be some hesitation since they got burned once before.