French Bread (game developer)
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French Bread (known as Watanabe Seisakusho prior to 2003) is a Japanese video game developer best known for their work in fighting games, particularly the Melty Blood series. The studio started off as a dōjin circle and has largely focused on fighting games, with a few older exceptions such as Bike Banditz. Their newest release, Under Night In-Birth, was released in September 2012. An updated version of the game titled Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late was released in Summer 2013. French Bread collaborated with Sega and Ecole Software to develop a fighting game titled Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax.
The studio was named Watanabe Manufacturing (渡辺製作所 Watanabe Seisakusho) by a friend of Narita Shinya, with whom he often played video games with after school. They initially developed desk accessories for Windows. Shinya discovered dojin Windows action games and fighting games such as the Tokimeki Taisen (ときめき大戦) and Moon Lights 2 that were ported from the X68000 home computer. He subsequently decided to develop his own project for Windows. It was initially conceived as an original work, but creating unique character designs and graphics proved difficult. Shinya was later introduced to the visual novel To Heart and decided to develop his game as a derivative work. Characters for his project were sourced from To Heart, while the system mechanics were based on Asuka 120%, a game that served as an influence for Shinya and his team. The Queen of Heart '98 was released on December 30, 1998 to positive critical reception from dojin gamers.
As Watanabe Seisakusho
|The Queen of Heart '98||1998||Microsoft Windows||Features characters from To Heart. Its game system was influenced by Asuka 120%.|
|The Queen of Heart '99||1999||Microsoft Windows||Features characters from Leaf games|
|The Queen of Heart '99 Second Edition||2000||Microsoft Windows|
|Punch Ayu-chan! (あゆちゃんパンチ!)||2000||Microsoft Windows|
|Demon Hunter Mai||2000||Microsoft Windows||Features characters from Kanon|
|The Queen of Heart '99 with Second Edition||2001||Microsoft Windows|
|Party's Breaker: The Queen of Heart 2001||2001||Microsoft Windows||Features characters from Comic Party|
|-AIR- Flight (えあふり 観鈴ちん危機一髪)||2001||Features characters from Air|
|Melty Blood||2002||Microsoft Windows|
|Drill Milky Punch||2003||Microsoft Windows||Features characters from Âge games|
|Glove on Fight||2003||Microsoft Windows||Features characters from various dating sims, anime, and dōjin games.|
|Bike Banditz||2003||Microsoft Windows|
|Melty Blood Re-ACT||2004||Microsoft Windows|
As Soft Circle French-Bread
- Toyad, Jonathan Leo (February 6, 2011). "Melty Blood creator gives birth to new 2D fighter". GameSpot. Retrieved February 9, 2011.
- "名作同人ゲーム Best 5 : Queen of Heart '99" [The 5 Best Dōjin Video Games : Queen of Heart '99]. 同人ゲームマニアックス [Dōjin Games Maniax]. Kill Time Communication. 2001. pp. 30–45. ISBN 4-906650-96-1.
- "同人から商業にフィールドを移したフランスパンが，新作「アンダーナイト インヴァース」で目指したもの。代表・なりた氏に聞く，その思惑". 4Gamer.net. Aetas, Inc. 2012-11-03. Retrieved 2016-12-05.
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