Arc System Works

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Arc System Works Co., Ltd.
Native name
株式会社アークシステムワークス
Kabushiki gaisha Āku Shisutemu Wākusu
Video game developer
Industry Video game industry
Founded May 1988; 28 years ago (1988-05) (as Arc Co., Ltd.)
Headquarters Yokohama, Japan
Key people
Minoru Kidooka (managing director)
Products
Revenue Increase¥680 million (July 2006)
Number of employees
105 (as of May 17, 2015)[1]
Website arcsystemworks.jp

Arc System Works Co., Ltd. (株式会社アークシステムワークス Kabushiki gaisha Āku Shisutemu Wākusu?) is a video game developer and publisher based in Yokohama, Japan. Founded by Minoru Kidooka in 1988, Arc System Works is best known for its arcade 2D fighting game franchises, Guilty Gear and BlazBlue.

History[edit]

Founded in 1988 as Arc Co., Ltd., it spent its early years as a contract developer for Sega, Sammy and Banpresto. On June 11, 2015, Arc System Works announced they had acquired all intellectual properties of Technōs Japan from Million Co., Ltd.[2] On February 6, 2017, Arc System Works announced that they had acquired the rights to the Jake Hunter, Theresia, Nazo no Jikenbo, and Koneko no Ie series from developer WorkJam.[3]

Games developed[edit]

Game title Year released Platform(s) Publisher
Double Dragon 1988 Sega Master System Mastertronic
Final Lap 1988 Family Computer Namco/Atari
Rolling Thunder 1989 Family Computer Namco
Code Name: Viper 1990 Family Computer Capcom
Chiyonofuji no Ōichō 1990 Family Computer
Battle Commander: Hachibushu Shura no Heihou 1991 Super Famicom Banpresto
Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger 1992 Family Computer Bandai
Cyber Spin 1992 Super NES Takara
Battletoads 1993 Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Game Gear Sega
Suzuka 8 Hours 1993 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Namco
Gaia Saver 1994 Super Famicom Banpresto
Virtual Open Tennis 1995 Sega Saturn
EXECTOR 1995 PlayStation
Wizard's Harmony 1995 PlayStation, Sega Saturn
Guilty Gear 1998 PlayStation Sammy Studios
Prismaticallization 1999 Dreamcast, PlayStation
Tanaka Torahiko no Uru Toraryuu Shogi 1999 Dreamcast
Guilty Gear X 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 NAOMI, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, PC Sammy Studios
Guilty Gear X Plus 2001 PlayStation 2 Sammy Studios
Digital Holmes 2001 PlayStation 2
Guilty Gear X Ver.1.5 2003 Atomiswave Sammy Studios
Guilty Gear X2 2002, 2003 NAOMI, PlayStation 2 Sammy Studios
Guilty Gear X2 #Reload 2003, 2004 NAOMI, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC, PSP Sammy Studios
Guilty Gear Isuka 2004, 2005 Atomiswave, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC Sammy Studios
Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2004 Game Boy Advance Atari/Banpresto/Bandai
Fist of the North Star 2005, 2007 Atomiswave, PlayStation 2 Sega
Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 2005 Nintendo DS Atari/Banpresto/Bandai
Guilty Gear XX Slash 2005 NAOMI, PlayStation 2, PSP Sammy Studios
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core 2006, 2007 NAOMI, PlayStation 2, Wii Sammy Studios
Guilty Gear 2: Overture 2007, 2016 Xbox 360, PC Arc System Works/Aksys Games/505 Games
Battle Fantasia 2007, 2008, 2015 Taito Type X2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC/Steam Arc System Works/Aksys Games/505 Games
Hoshigami Remix 2007 Nintendo DS ASNetworks/Aksys Games/505 Games
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus 2008, 2009, 2012 PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Sammy Studios
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger 2008, 2009, 2010 Taito Type X2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC/Steam, PlayStation Portable Arc System Works/Aksys Games/PQube and Zen United
Sengoku Basara X 2008 System 246 / System 256, PlayStation 2 Capcom
Super Dodgeball Brawlers 2008 Nintendo DS Arc System Works/Aksys Games
Tantei Jinguji Saburo DS 2008 Nintendo DS Arc System Works/WorkJam
Petit Copter 2008 Wii[4] Aqua System
Family Table Tennis 2008 Wii Aksys Games
Family Glide Hockey 2009 Wii Aksys Games
Family Pirate Party 2009 Wii Aksys Games
Family Mini Golf 2009 Wii Aksys Games
Family Slot Car Racing 2009 Wii Aksys Games
Family Card Games 2009 Wii Aksys Games
Family Grand Tennis 2009 Wii Aksys Games
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift 2009, 2010 Taito Type X2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Arc System Works/Aksys Games/Arc System Works UK
Animal Puzzle Adventure 2009 DSiWare
Okiraku Sugoroku 2009 Wii
Jazzy Billiards 2009 Nintendo DSi
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II 2010, 2011 Taito Type X2, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo 3DS Arc System Works/Aksys Games/Arc System Works UK
BlayzBloo: Super Melee Brawlers Battle Royale 2010 DSiWare Arc System Works
Hard Corps: Uprising 2011 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Konami
Nurarihyon no Mago: Hyakki Ryouran Taisen 2011 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Konami
BlazBlue: Chronophantasma 2012, 2013, 2014 Taito Type X2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita Arc System Works/Aksys Games
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R 2012, 2013, 2015 Arcade, PlayStation Vita, PC/Steam Sammy Studios
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend 2012/2014 PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, PC/Steam Arc System Works/Aksys Games/Arc System Works UK
Persona 4 Arena 2012 Taito Type X2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Atlus
Kyūkōsha no Shōjo 2012 Nintendo 3DS Arc System Works
Phi Brain: Kizuna no Puzzle 2012 PlayStation Portable Arc System Works
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax 2013, 2014 Taito Type X2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Atlus/Sega
Xblaze Code: Embryo 2013, 2016 PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PC/Steam Arc System Works/Aksys Games/Funbox Media
Magical Beat 2013 PlayStation Vita
Under Night In-Birth: Exe Late[st] 2015 Sega RingEdge 2 Arc System Works
Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- 2014, 2015 Sega RingEdge 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC/Steam Arc System Works/Aksys Games
BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend 2014, 2015, 2016 Taito Type X2 (as 2.0), PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita, PC/Steam Arc System Works/Aksys Games
Fantasy Hero: Unsigned Legacy 2014 PlayStation Vita
Downtown Nekketsu Koushinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundoukai All-Star Special 2014 PlayStation 3 Arc System Works
Family Tennis SP 2015 Wii U Aksys Games
BlazBlue: Central Fiction 2015, 2016 Taito Type X2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Arc System Works/Aksys Games/PQube
Xblaze: Lost Memories 2015 PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita Arc System Works/Aksys Games
Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden 2015 Nintendo 3DS Bandai Namco Entertainment
Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- 2015, 2016 Sega RingEdge 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC/Steam Arc System Works/Aksys Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment (Sign)
Chase: Cold Case Investigations - Distant Memories 2016 Nintendo 3DS[5] Arc System Works/Aksys Games
Inferno Climber 2016 Microsoft Windows/Steam/PC
One Piece: Great Pirate Colosseum 2016 Nintendo 3DS Bandai Namco Entertainment
Double Dragon IV 2017 PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Steam, PC Arc System Works

Games published[edit]

Game title Year released Platform(s) Developers
Castle of Shikigami III 2006, 2007 Arcade, Wii, Xbox 360 Alfa System, Barnhouse Effect
Hooked! Real Motion Fishing 2007 Wii[6] SIMS
Arcana Heart 3 2011 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Examu
Chaos Code 2012 PlayStation 3 FK Digital
Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!! 2014 PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Steam/PC Arc System Works
Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters 2014 PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita Toybox Inc.
Under Night In-Birth: Exe Late 2014, 2016 PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows/Steam/PC Ecole Software, French Bread
Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code 2016 Microsoft Windows/Steam/PC, Steam publish Type-Moon, French-Bread

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "企業データ | ARC SYSTEM WORKS OFFICIAL WEB SITE". www.arcsystemworks.jp. 
  2. ^ Sarkar, Samit (12 June 2015). "Double Dragon and other Technos brands acquired by Arc System Works (update)". Polygon. 
  3. ^ "Arc System Works Picks Up The Jake Hunter And Theresia Series". Siliconera. 6 February 2017. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Petit missions in Petit Copter". Engadget. Bot generated title. 
  5. ^ "3DS adventure game Chase: Unsolved Cases Investigation Division by Another Code staff announced". Gematsu. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  6. ^ "Bass Fishing Wii~ロクマル伝説~". www.arcsystemworks.jp. 

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