Monolith Soft

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Not to be confused with Monolith Productions, an American video game studio.
Monolith Soft, Ltd.
Type Subsidiary
Industry Video games
Founded October 1, 1999
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people Hirohide Sugiura
Tetsuya Takahashi
Yasuyuki Honne
Koh Kojima
Products Xeno series
Baten Kaitos series
Disaster: Day of Crisis
Soma Bringer
Employees 123 (as of May 2014)[1]
Parent Nintendo
Website www.monolithsoft.co.jp

Monolith Soft, Inc. (株式会社モノリスソフト Kabushiki-Gaisha Monorisu Sofuto?) is a Japanese video game development company that has created video games for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Wii, Nintendo DS, and cell phones. The company currently has two main studios, its Tokyo headquarters and a recently opened studio in Kyoto.

Monolith Soft is usually associated with Baten Kaitos, a series of role-playing video games on the Nintendo GameCube, the Xeno series, including Xenoblade Chronicles, a critically acclaimed role-playing video game for the Wii, and the Xenosaga series, a series of role-playing video games on PlayStation 2. A majority of Monolith Soft's staff are former employees of Square Co., who transferred to the new company shortly after the creation of Chrono Cross. They were previously involved with the creation of Xenogears, from which the Xenosaga series is derived.

History[edit]

The company was founded on October 1, 1999 by producer Hirohide Sugiura and director Tetsuya Takahashi after they left Square and accepted an investment from Namco.[2] As of May 6, 2007, Nintendo owned controlling interest in the company after Bandai Namco Holdings sold 80% of its 96% stake in Monolith Soft to Nintendo. This went into effect May 1, 2007.[3] Later Namco sold the remaining 16%, making Monolith Soft a first-party developer for Nintendo.

The company announced on July 8, 2011 that they were opening up an additional studio in Kyoto, Japan,[4] which had around 30 employees by July 2013.[5] They are currently co-developing games for both the Wii U[6] and the Nintendo 3DS.[7]

List of games developed[edit]

Tokyo Software Development Studio[edit]

Title Publisher Platform Release Additional details
Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht Namco PlayStation 2 2002 N/A
Xenosaga: Episode I: Reloaded Namco PlayStation 2 2003 Special version of Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht
Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean Namco GameCube 2003 Co-developed with tri-Crescendo
Xenosaga Freaks Namco PlayStation 2 2004 Spin-off of Xenosaga
Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Böse PlayStation 2 2004 N/A
Namco × Capcom Namco PlayStation 2 2005 N/A
Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII Square Enix PlayStation 2 2006 Development co-operation for Square Enix[8]
Baten Kaitos Origins Nintendo GameCube 2006 Co-developed by tri-Crescendo
Xenosaga I & II Namco Nintendo DS 2006 Co-developed with Tom Create
Xenosaga Episode III: Also sprach Zarathustra PlayStation 2 2006 N/A
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Nintendo Wii 2008 Development co-operation[9]
Soma Bringer Nintendo Nintendo DS 2008 N/A
Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier Nintendo DS 2008 Co-developed with Banpresto
Disaster: Day of Crisis Nintendo Wii 2008 N/A
Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans Nintendo DS 2009 N/A
Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier EXCEED Bandai Namco Games Nintendo DS 2010 Sequel of Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier
Xenoblade Chronicles Nintendo Wii 2010 N/A
Project X Zone Bandai Namco Games Nintendo 3DS 2012 Co-developed with Banpresto
Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Wii U 2015 N/A

Kyoto Software Development Studio[edit]

Title Publisher Platform Release Additional details
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Nintendo Wii 2011 Development co-operation for Nintendo EAD Group No. 3
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Nintendo Nintendo 3DS 2012 Development co-operation for Nintendo EAD Group No. 2
Pikmin 3[10] Nintendo Wii U 2013 Development co-operation for Nintendo EAD Group No. 4
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds[11] Nintendo Nintendo 3DS 2013 Development co-operation for Nintendo EAD Group No. 3

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