Omega Force

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Omega Force
Native name
オメガフォース
Division
Industry Video games
Founded 1996; 21 years ago (1996)
Headquarters Ashikaga, Tochigi, Japan
Key people
Akihiro Suzuki
Hisashi Koinuma
Products Dynasty Warriors series
Parent Koei (1996–2009)
Koei Tecmo (2009–present)

Omega Force (Japanese: オメガフォース) (stylised as ω-Force) is a Japanese video game developer and a division of Koei Tecmo, founded in 1996 by Akihiro Suzuki and Kenichi Ogasawara[citation needed], and is best known for the Dynasty Warriors video games.

History[edit]

Omega Force was founded in 1996 as the fourth Business Division of Koei, with the intention of widening the appeal of Koei's portfolio outside of their strategy and simulation games, such as Romance of Three Kingdoms and Nobunaga's Ambition.

The studio was originally going to be named after the letter Z, however this idea never came to fruition, as the letter Z can have different meanings outside of Japanese culture. Wanting to keep the last letter of the alphabet, they settled for Omega from the Greek alphabet. However, because of copyright concerns with the clock manufacturing company Omega SA, Force was added – a Japanese homophone for "fourth" – representing that they are the fourth business division.[citation needed]

WinBack, released in 1999 for the Nintendo 64, pioneered the cover-based third-person shooter, inspiring titles such as Kill Switch and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. It also featured an early rendition of the laser sight mechanic, which would later be seen in titles such as Resident Evil 4. The cover system has since become a staple of the third-person shooter genre.[1][2]

In 2013, vocal complaints started to arise in Japan about Omega Force's depiction of historical figures within the release of Samurai Warriors 4.[3] The studio responded that they are aware of the complaints, but defended their use of historical figures as being just entertainment and having artistic freedom.[4]

Omega Force is currently developing the next entry in their key franchise Dynasty Warriors, dubbed Dynasty Warriors 9, moving the franchise from its arena-based combat to an open-world.[5] Producers Masaki Furusawa and Akihiro Suzuki also plan to overhaul the franchise's often criticized combat system.[5][6][7]

Games[edit]

Title Release year Genre Platform(s) Notes
Dynasty Warriors 1997 Fighting game PlayStation
Enigma 1998 Adventure game PlayStation
Destrega 1998 Fighting game PlayStation
WinBack 1999 Third-Person Shooter Nintendo 64, PlayStation 2
Dynasty Warriors 2 2000 Hack and slash PlayStation 2
Dynasty Warriors 3 2001 Hack and slash PlayStation 2, Xbox
Dynasty Warriors 4 2003 Hack and slash PlayStation 2, Xbox, Microsoft Windows
Samurai Warriors 2004 Hack and slash PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox
Dynasty Warriors 2004 Hack and slash PlayStation Portable
Dynasty Warriors 5 2005 Hack and slash PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360
Dynasty Warriors Advance 2005 Hack and slash Game Boy Advance
Samurai Warriors 2 2006 Hack and slash PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2 2006 Hack and slash PlayStation Portable
Jan Sangoku Musou 2006 Board game PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2007 Hack and slash PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Published by Bandai Namco Games
Warriors Orochi 2007 Hack and slash PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
Dynasty Warriors DS 2007 Hack and slash Nintendo DS
Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War 2007 Real-time tactics PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Samurai Warriors: Katana 2007 Action, rail shooter Wii
Dynasty Warriors 6 2007 Hack and slash PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360
Warriors Orochi 2 2008 Hack and slash PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360
Saihai no Yukue 2008 Strategy, adventure Nintendo DS
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 2008 Hack and slash PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Published by Bandai Namco Games
Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce 2009 Hack and slash PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Warriors Orochi Z 2009 Hack and slash PlayStation 3 Cancelled for North America and Europe
Samurai Warriors 3 2009 Hack and slash PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii
Shin Sangoku Musou Multi Raid 2 2010 Hack and slash PlayStation Portable
Trinity: Souls of Zill O'll 2010 Role-playing PlayStation 3
Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2010 Hack and slash PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Based on Fist of the North Star
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 2010 Hack and slash PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Published by Bandai Namco Games
Samurai Warriors Chronicles 2011 Hack and slash Nintendo 3DS
Dynasty Warriors 7 2011 Hack and slash PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360
Dynasty Warriors Next 2011 Hack and slash PlayStation Vita
Warriors Orochi 3 2011 Hack and slash PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U
Sengoku Musou Chronicle 2nd 2011 Hack and slash Nintendo 3DS
Shin Sangoku Musou VS 2012 Hack and slash Nintendo 3DS
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2012 Hack and slash PlayStation 3 Published by Bandai Namco Games
Dynasty Warriors 8 2013 Hack and slash PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch Xbox 360, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 2013 Hack and slash PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita Published by Bandai Namco Games
Toukiden: The Age of Demons 2013 Action role-playing PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn 2013 Hack and slash PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita Published by Bandai Namco Games
Samurai Warriors 4 2014 Hack and slash PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows
Sengoku Musou Shoot 2014 Arcade Android, iOS
Shin Sangoku Musou Blast 2014 Tactical role-playing Android, iOS
Hyrule Warriors 2014 Hack and slash Wii U, Nintendo 3DS Co-developed with Team Ninja, published by Nintendo.
Quiz Battle Toukiden 2014 Party Android, iOS
Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 2014 Hack and slash Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita
Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below 2015 Action role-playing, hack and slash Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows Published by Square Enix
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 2015 Hack and slash PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows Published by Bandai Namco Games
Arslan: The Warriors of Legend 2015 Hack and slash PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows Based on Yoshiki Tanaka's The Heroic Legend of Arslan
Attack on Titan 2016 Action, hack and slash PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows Based on Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan
Dragon Quest Heroes II 2016 Action role-playing, hack and slash Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows Published by Square Enix
Toukiden 2 2016 Action role-playing PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows
Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers 2016 Tactical role-playing PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk 2016 Hack and slash PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows Based on Kentaro Miura's Berserk
Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada 2016 Hack and slash PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch Collaboration with the NHK taiga drama Sanda Maru
Warriors All-Stars 2017 Hack and slash PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows
Fire Emblem Warriors 2017 Hack and slash Switch, New Nintendo 3DS Co-developed with Team Ninja, published by Nintendo.
Attack on Titan 2 2018 Action, Hack and slash PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch
Dynasty Warriors 9 2018 Hack and slash PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gaming's most important evolutions". GamesRadar. 2010-10-08. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Gordon, Shawn (October 11, 2009). "Greatest "Retro" Console Games of All Time". Game Informer. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Twitter". 24 January 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Twitter". 24 January 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Romano, Sal (17 December 2016). "Dynasty Warriors 9 announced". Gematsu. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  6. ^ Higley, Christian (9 September 2011). "Five Problems With the Dynasty Warriors Formula and How to Fix Them". VentureBeat. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  7. ^ Cooper, Ian (18 March 2015). "The Dynasty Warriors Empire is finally crumbling". Wow247.co.uk. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 

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