Matrix Software

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Matrix Software
株式会社マトリックス
Type Public
Industry Interactive entertainment
Founded July 1994
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people Oohori Kousuke (president)
Products See complete products listing.
Employees 86
Website http://www.matrixsoft.co.jp/

Matrix Software (株式会社マトリックス Kabushiki-gaisha Matorikkusu?) is a Japanese video game development company located in Tokyo. Founded in July 1994 by former members of Climax Entertainment and Telenet Japan, the company has since created games for a number of systems beginning with their action-adventure game title Alundra in April 1997. Matrix has teamed with other developers such as Square Enix and Chunsoft to produce games for existing franchises such as Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, as well as other anime and manga properties. In addition to game console development, Matrix Software has also made games for various Japanese mobile phone brands since 2001.

Company history[edit]

Matrix Software was founded in July 1994 by Oohori Kousuke and three friends who had each been involved in the video games industry for many years beforehand.[1] Kousuke, a veteran of the game development industry since high school, joined with former members of Climax Entertainment and Telenet Japan to create a company that he felt would "bring people serious game content".[2] Nearly three years after their establishment, the company released their first game, Alundra for the PlayStation game console in April 1997, which would prove popular enough to receive a sequel two years later.[3] In September 1999, Matrix obtained their first business partner in Chunsoft, with whom they collaborated to create a spin-off to their popular Dragon Quest series, Torneko: The Last Hope.[4] Since then, the company would join with other companies to create games for other entertainment franchises such as Yoshihiro Togashi's YuYu Hakusho, Eiichiro Oda's One Piece, and Square Enix's Final Fantasy.[5]

Games developed[edit]

Title Date Publisher(s) Platform(s) Region(s)
Alundra 11 April 1997 SCEI PlayStation JP, NA, EU
Nectaris: Military Madness 26 February 1998 Hudson Soft PlayStation JP
Tamago de Puzzle 20 May 1999 SCEI PlayStation JP
Torneko: The Last Hope 15 September 1999 Enix PlayStation JP, NA
Alundra 2 18 November 1999 SCEI PlayStation JP, NA, EU
Dual Hearts 2 February 2002 SCEI PlayStation 2 JP, NA
Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko no Daibōken 3 31 October 2002 Enix PlayStation 2 JP
Toukon Inoki Michi: Puzzle de Daa! 19 December 2002 Pacific Century Cyber Works PlayStation 2 JP
Dragon Quest V 25 March 2004 Square Enix PlayStation 2 JP
Onmyou Taisenki: Byakko Enbu 31 March 2005 Bandai PlayStation 2 JP
YūYū Hakusho Forever 19 May 2005 Banpresto PlayStation 2 JP
Onmyou Taisenki: Hasha no In 23 June 2005 Bandai PlayStation 2 JP
Futari wa Precure Max Heart: Danzen! DS 1 December 2005 Bandai Nintendo DS JP
Final Fantasy III 24 August 2006 Square Enix Nintendo DS, iOS, Android, PSP, Windows JP, NA, EU
Cluster Edge 14 September 2006 Marvelous Entertainment PlayStation 2 JP
Crayon Shin-Chan: Saikyou Kazoku Kasukabe King 2 December 2006 Banpresto Wii JP, EU
Lost in Blue 2 15 March 2007 Konami Nintendo DS JP, NA, EU
One Piece Gear Spirit 30 August 2007 Bandai Namco Games Nintendo DS JP
Lost in Blue 3 20 December 2007 Konami Nintendo DS JP, NA, EU
Final Fantasy IV 20 December 2007 Square Enix Nintendo DS, iOS, Android, Windows JP, NA, EU
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years 18 February 2008 Square Enix Mobile phones, WiiWare, iOS, Android JP, NA, EU
Maji de Manabu: LEC de Ukaru - DS Hishou Boki 3-Kyuu 17 April 2008 Square Enix Nintendo DS JP
Avalon Code 1 November 2008 Marvelous Entertainment Nintendo DS JP, NA, EU
Nostalgia 6 November 2008 Tecmo Nintendo DS JP, NA
Tales of VS.[6] 6 August 2009 Bandai Namco Games PlayStation Portable JP
Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light[7] 29 October 2009 Square Enix Nintendo DS JP, NA, EU
Final Fantasy Dimensions 6 September 2010 Square Enix FOMA 903i, au, Android, iOS JP, NA, EU
White Knight Chronicles: Origins 2 March 2011 SCEI PlayStation Portable JP, EU, AUS
Treasure Report: Kikai Jikake no Isan 26 May 2011 Bandai Nintendo DS JP
Groove Coaster 28 July 2011 Taito iOS NA
Dragon Quest Monsters: Wanted! 1 December 2011 Square Enix Android JP
Final Fantasy II 1 February 2012 Square Enix Android JP, NA
Layton Brothers: Mystery Room 21 September 2012 Level-5 iOS JP
Final Fantasy V 28 March 2013 Square Enix iOS, Android JP, NA
Final Fantasy VI 15 January 2014 Square Enix iOS, Android JP, NA

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matrix Software - Company History" (in Japanese). Matrix Software. 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  2. ^ "Matrix Software - Company Profile - President" (in Japanese). Matrix Software. 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  3. ^ "Matrix Software - Products - Alundra 2" (in Japanese). Matrix Software. 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  4. ^ "Matrix Software - Products - Torneko no Daibouken 2" (in Japanese). Matrix Software. 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  5. ^ "Matrix Software - Products" (in Japanese). Matrix Software. 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  6. ^ "株式会社マトリックス/製品/PSP/TALES OF VS". Matrix Software. Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  7. ^ http://www.square-enix.co.jp/hikarino4sensi/

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