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
Kabushiki gaisha
IndustryVideo game industry
FoundedMay 12, 1988[1]
Headquarters,
Key people
Products
RevenueIncrease ¥680 million
Number of employees
133 (2018)[3]
Websitearcsystemworks.com

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) (ASW) is a video game developer and publisher based in Yokohama, Japan. Founded by Minoru Kidooka in 1988, Arc System Works is known for its arcade 2D fighting game franchises, Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, as well as other licensed-based fighting games from Shueisha/Shonen Jump's Dragon Ball and Atlus's Persona 4 Arena.

History[edit]

Arc System Works was founded in January 1988 as Arc Co., Ltd and established as a company in May of the same year.[1] It consisted at the time of only 7 or 8 developers; most of whom had previously worked at Sega including founder Minoru Kidooka.[4] The company spent its early years as a contract developer for Sega, Sammy and Banpresto. It was renamed Arc System Works in 1991 and published its first title in 1995 (Exector for the original Playstation).[5]

On June 11, 2015, Arc System Works acquired all intellectual properties of Technōs Japan, such as Double Dragon and Kunio-Kun, from Million Co., Ltd.[6] Even prior to its acquisition of Million's library, Arc System Works had been the publisher of Technōs' video games for the Virtual Console in Japan.[7][8][9][10] Following the transaction, the company took the publishing duties from Aksys Games for Virtual Console releases in North America, [11][12] though some Technōs games were already published by Arc System Works there as well.[13]

On February 6, 2017, Arc System Works acquired the rights to the Jake Hunter, Theresia, Nazo no Jikenbo, and Koneko no Ie series from publisher WorkJam.[14]

On November 2, 2017, Arc System Works announced the establishment of a North American branch in Torrance, California known as Arc System Works America, Inc.[15]

Games developed[edit]

Game title Year released Platform(s) Publisher
Final Lap 1988 Family Computer Namco
Double Dragon 1988 Sega Master System Sega
Vigilante 1988 Sega Master System Sega
Scramble Spirits 1989 Sega Master System Sega
Rolling Thunder 1989 Family Computer Namco
Ghouls'n Ghosts 1990 Sega Master System Sega
Michael Jackson's Moonwalker 1990 Sega Master System Sega
Code Name: Viper 1990 Nintendo Entertainment System Capcom
Chiyonofuji no Ōichō 1990 Family Computer Face
Operation Wolf 1990 PC Engine NEC Avenue
Pengo 1990 Game Gear Sega
Super Monaco GP 1990 Game Gear, Sega Master System Sega
Battle Commander: Hachibushu Shura no Heihou 1991 Super Famicom Banpresto
Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger 1992 Family Computer Bandai
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon 1992 Game Boy Angel
Cyber Spin 1992 Super NES Takara
Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II 1992 Game Gear, Sega Master System Sega
Battletoads 1993 Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Game Gear Sega
Suzuka 8 Hours 1993 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Namco
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R 1993 Super Famicom Bandai
Gaia Saver 1994 Super Famicom Banpresto
Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon S: Jougai Rantou!? Shuyaku Soudatsusen 1994 Super Famicom Angel
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon 1994 Mega Drive Bandai
Sonic Drift 1994 Game Gear Sega
Sonic Drift 2 1995 Game Gear Sega
Virtual Open Tennis 1995 Sega Saturn
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story 1995 Super Famicom Angel
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
Grappler Baki: Baki Saikyo Retsuden 2000 PlayStation 2 Tomy
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/SEGA
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core 2006, 2007 NAOMI, PlayStation 2, Wii Sammy Studios/Aksys Games (US)
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/Arc System Works (Wii)
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[16] 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/Arc System Works (Steam)
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
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, 2017, 2019 Taito Type X2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC/Steam, Nintendo Switch 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[17] 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
Simple Mahjong Online 2017 Nintendo Switch Arc System Works
Happy Birthdays 2017 PlayStation 4, PC/Steam, Nintendo Switch Nippon Ichi Software
Dragon Ball FighterZ 2018 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch Bandai Namco Entertainment
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle 2018 PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Arcade Arc System Works
Granblue Fantasy Versus 2019 PlayStation 4 Cygames (JP)
XSEED Games (NA)
River City Girls TBA PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch Arc System Works, WayForward Technologies

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[18] SIMS
Arcana Heart 3 2011 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Examu
Chaos Code 2012 PlayStation 3 FK Digital
Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!! 2014 Taito X2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Steam/PC Examu
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
Skullgirls: 2nd Encore
(Japan only)
2016 PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Steam/PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Taito X2 Reverge Labs
Arcana Heart 3: Love Max Six Stars!!!!! 2017 Taito X2, Steam/PC Examu
Under Night In-Birth: Exe Late[st] 2015, 2017, 2018 Sega RingEdge 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Steam/PC Ecole Software, French Bread
Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code 2016 Microsoft Windows/Steam Type-Moon, French-Bread
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap 2017 PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch Lizardcube
DJMax Respect 2017 PlayStation 4 Rocky Studio, Neowiz MUCA
The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories 2018 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch White Owls Inc.
Kill la Kill the Game: IF 2019 Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 A+ Games
Arcana Heart 3: Love Max Six Stars Xtend!!!!! TBA TBA Examu

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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