Cygames

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Cygames, Inc.
Native name
株式会社Cygames
Kabushiki Gaisha Sai Gēmuzu
Subsidiary
IndustryVideo game industry, Manga, Anime
FoundedMay 2011; 7 years ago (2011-05)
HeadquartersShibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Koichi Watanabe (President)
Owner
Number of employees
1,597 (2017)
ParentCyberAgent
SubsidiariesCyDesignation
Cymusic
CygamesPictures
BlazeGames
GameJeans
WithEntertainment
Citail
Cygames Osaka
Kusanagi
LogicLinks[1]
Websitecygames.co.jp

Cygames, Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社Cygames, Hepburn: Kabushiki Gaisha Sai Gēmuzu) is a Japanese video game development studio established in 2011 by CyberAgent. Mobile and E-commerce company DeNA acquired a 24% stake in the studio in 2012. From foundation the company produced mobile games, initially on the Mobage platform, and from 2013 on Android and iOS.

Key IPs include Rage of Bahamut (2011), The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls (2011, with Bandai Namco), Granblue Fantasy (2014), and Shadowverse (2016). The company began development of console games in 2015. In 2016 Cygames announced the establishment of an anime studio CygamesPictures. The company also began funding/planning/producing the creation of anime for it's mobile property and unrelated ones. The company also entered the manga, music and design market in the period

History[edit]

Cygames, Inc. was established in 2011 by CyberAgent,[2] a Japanese web services company. In 2012, DeNA purchased a 24% stake in Cygames.[3] Shortly thereafter, the studio was chosen by Gamasutra as one of the top 10 game developers of the year.[4]

In June 2012 Cygames founded CyDesignation, a company specialized in Design, Illustration, Game planning and Game development. [5][1]

In March 2016, Cygames announced the establishment of its own anime production division and anime studio as a subsidiary known as CygamesPictures to do planning, production and animation both for Cygames own IPs and original anime projects as well. [6][7]

In June 2016, Cygames announced the acquisition of the Gaming and Anime background studio Kusanagi. [8]

In 2016, Cygames announced that it was developing Project Awakening, its first large-format title for consoles[9] as well as the establishment of their Osaka studio focused on console games. [10]

In May 2017, Cygames and Kodansha announced that they formed a partnership to launch a new label called Cycomi. The new label is made for a print release in volumes distributed by Kodansha for the manga already published online by Cygames in its own site also called Cycomi like the ones based on their property but also completely new ones.

In 2017, Cygames founded its esports team, Cygames Beast, with Street Fighter players Daigo Umehara, Snake Eyez, and PR Balrog.[11][12] Since July 2017, Cygames is an official sponsor of Juventus Football Club. In April 2018 a partnership with Nintendo was announced to develop the game Dragalia Lost, for the purpose of facilitating the partnership Nintendo will obtain approximately 5 percent of Cygames’s issued stocks.[13]

In May 2018, Cygames announced the establishment of a subsidiary for music production and artist management called Cymusic. [14]

Games developed[edit]

Mobile/web browser games[edit]

Title Original release date Publisher(s) Platforms JP WW Remarks
Rage of Bahamut
  • JP: September 1, 2011
mobage Yes Closed
The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls

(Co-developed with Bandai Namco Studios)

  • JP: November 28, 2011
mobage, AndApp Yes No
Saint Seiya Galaxy Card Battle

(Co-developed with DeNA)

  • JP: April 12, 2012
mobage Yes No
Disney Fantasy Quest

(Co-developed with DeNA)

  • JP: April 2012
mobage Yes No
Super Sentai Heroes
  • JP: April 26, 2012
mobage Yes No
Battle Spirits: Hasha no Houkou
  • JP: April 2012
mobage Yes No Servers closed
Sakatsuku S World Stars
  • JP: June 2012
mobage Yes No Servers closed
Rekka no Honoo BURNING EVOLUTION

(Co-developed with Shogakukan)

  • JP: July 19, 2012
  • JP: Cygames
mobage Yes No Servers closed
TIGER & BUNNY Lord of Hero
  • JP: July 27, 2012
mobage Yes No Servers closed
Sangokushi Puzzle Taisen
  • JP: August 2013
  • JP: Cygames
Android, iOS Yes No Servers closed
Knights of Glory[15]
  • JP: November 2013
  • JP: Cygames
mobage Yes No Servers closed
La Rudiaia Chronicle
  • JP: November 2013
  • JP: Cygames
mobage Yes No Servers closed
Dragon Quest Monsters: Super Light
  • JP: January 23, 2014
Android, iOS Yes No
Granblue Fantasy
  • JP: March 10, 2014
  • JP: Cygames
mobage, AndApp, GREE, DMM Games, Yahoo! Games, Android, iOS Yes No*
Battle Champs

(JP: Little Noah, Developed by Blaze Games)

  • WW: February 12, 2015
  • WW: Cygames
Android, iOS Yes Yes
LINE Paper Dash World
  • JP: March 2015
LINE GAME Yes No Servers closed
The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage

(Co-developed with Bandai Namco Studios)

  • JP: September 3, 2015
Android, iOS Yes No
Rabitobi

(Developed by SHITEIRU)

  • JP: September 2015
  • JP: Cygames
Android, iOS Yes No Servers closed
Princess Connect!

(Co-developed with CyberAgent)

  • JP: February 18, 2015
  • JP: Cygames / CyberAgent
Ameba Yes No Servers closed
Kindai Mahjong All Stars Touhaiden

(Co-developed with Takeshobo)

  • JP: September 2015
  • JP: Cygames
Android, iOS Yes No Servers closed
Shadowverse
  • WW: June 17, 2016
  • WW: Cygames
Android, iOS, DMM Games, Steam Yes Yes
Sevens Story

(Co-developed with WithEntertainment Inc)

  • JP: August 18, 2017
  • JP: Cygames
Android, iOS Yes No
Odin Crown[16]

(Co-developed with GameJeans, CyDesignation)

  • JP: February 8, 2018
  • JP: Cygames
Android, iOS Yes No
Princess Connect! Re:Dive
  • JP: February 15, 2018
  • JP: Cygames
Android, iOS Yes No
Dragalia Lost

(Co-developed with Nintendo EPD)

  • WW: September 27, 2018
Android, iOS Yes Yes
Lost Order

(Co-developed with CyDesignation, PlatinumGames, Noisycroak)

  • JP: Cygames
Android, iOS Yes No
Uma Musume Pretty Derby
  • JP: Cygames
Android, iOS Yes No
Eiyuu Gakuen Hero-ka
  • JP: Cygames
TBA Yes No
  • Granblue Fantasy is not formally available on app stores outside of Japan; however, the game client is fully localized into English with new updates on pace with Japanese content releases, there is no region locking and, so long as a user can navigate account creation in Japanese, the game can be freely accessed outside of Japan, and in-app purchases in currencies other than JPY are supported via PayPal or Google Play, meaning that the game and all features (save promotional events that require living in Japan) are available to English speakers.

Console games[edit]

Unlike with mobile and mobage titles, the development of the titles for console isn't made by the main company in Cygames but a subsidiary called Cygames Osaka which was created for the reason of developing AAA titles for the console market.[17]

Title Original release date Publisher(s) Platforms JP WW Remarks
Wondership Q

(JP: Airship Q, Co-developed with Miracle Positive Co., Ltd.)

  • JP: November 19, 2015 (Vita)
  • WW: July 18, 2016 (Steam)
  • WW: Cygames
PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Steam Yes Yes
The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls: Viewing Resolution
  • JP: March 13, 2016
PlayStation 4 (PSVR) Yes No
Anubis: Zone of the Enders -- M∀RS
  • WW: September 4th, 2018
PlayStation 4, Steam Yes Yes
Granblue Fantasy Project Re:Link

(Co-developed with PlatinumGames)

  • JP: Cygames
PlayStation 4 Yes Yes
Project Awakening
  • JP: Cygames
PlayStation 4 Yes Yes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cygames – Corporate".
  2. ^ "Cygames – Press". Cygames.
  3. ^ "DeNA to buy into Cygames - Mobile World Live". 7 November 2012.
  4. ^ staff, Gamasutra, GD mag. "The top 10 game developers of 2012".
  5. ^ "株式会社CyDesignation". www.cydesignation.co.jp.
  6. ^ "Rage of Bahamut Developer Cygames Establishes Anime Company".
  7. ^ "Company - CygamesPictures". cygamespictures.co.jp.
  8. ^ "Cygames Makes Anime Background Studio Kusanagi Its Subsidiary".
  9. ^ "Cygames Announces "Project Awakening" for Current-Gen Home Consoles". 21 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Cygames opens PS4-focused Osaka studio - Gematsu". 19 May 2015.
  11. ^ "格闘ゲームプレイヤー・梅原大吾、 スネーク・アイズ、PRバルログとのスポンサー契約締結、 ならびに、「Cygames Beast」発足に関するお知らせ - 株式会社Cygames".
  12. ^ "Cygames Jumps Into eSports By Signing Daigo Umehara, PR Balrog, And Snake Eyez". 2 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Data" (PDF). www.nintendo.co.jp.
  14. ^ "株式会社Cygames、音楽制作子会社を立ち上げ 株式会社Cymusic設立のお知らせ - 株式会社Cygames".
  15. ^ Steparu. "Knights of Glory Released | Steparu.com". steparu.com. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  16. ^ "Odin Crown – Japanese studio announces new mobile MOBA | MMO Culture". mmoculture.com. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  17. ^ https://gematsu.com/2015/05/cygames-opens-ps4-focused-osaka-studio


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