|Industry||Video game industry|
|Fate||Absorbed into AQ Interactive (parent company)|
|Founded||August 27, 1999|
|Headquarters||Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan|
|Naoto Ohshima (Founder)|
Artoon (株式会社アートゥーン Kabushiki-Gaisha Ātūn) was a video game developer established in 1999. It became a subsidiary of AQ Interactive in May 2004 and became a wholly-owned subsidiary in June 2005. The team was primarily affiliated in the United States with Microsoft Xbox and Xbox 360 projects, although they had also worked with Hudson Soft and Nintendo on other platforms.
Key Artoon personnel include Yoji Ishii, Manabu Kusunoki, Hidetoshi Takeshita, Yutaka Sugano, Masamichi Harada, Takuya Matsumoto and Naoto Ohshima. When the company formed, it drew personnel and talent from several of Sega's development teams, particularly those which worked on Sonic the Hedgehog (created by Ōshima), and Panzer Dragoon. The developer had approximately 85 employees. The company's focus was to create original game content for various consoles. Artoon became defunct when the parent company, AQ Interactive, filed for bankruptcy.
- Official Artoon Profile Page. Archived August 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on August 29, 2008 ‹See Tfd›(in Japanese)
- Official Artoon Profile Page. Archived June 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on August 29, 2008