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tri-Ace, Inc.
Subsidiary of Nepro Japan
Industry Video game industry
Founded March 1995
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Yoshiharu Gotanda (President)
Masaki Norimoto (designer)
Motoi Sakuraba (composer)
Joe Asanuma (former President)
Products Star Ocean series (1996–present)
Valkyrie Profile series (1999–2009)
Owner Independent (1995–2015)
Nepro Japan (2015–)
Number of employees
Parent Nepro Japan

tri-Ace, Inc. (株式会社トライエース Kabushiki Gaisha Toraiēsu?) is a Japanese video game development company formed in March 1995 by former Telenet Japan employees Yoshiharu Gotanda (programmer, current tri-Ace President), Masaki Norimoto (game designer) and Joe Asanuma (director). The name is a play on words regarding the "three aces" who formed the company. Most of tri-Ace's games have been published by Square Enix (formerly Enix).

The group exclusively makes role-playing video games, and is known for giving their games action-packed battle systems and deep skill systems. This trademark style began when the founders of tri-Ace originally worked for Telenet Japan's Wolfteam, and had created Tales of Phantasia. This game, published by Namco, is a precursor to tri-Ace's own Star Ocean games in several ways; e.g., an action battle system where the player controls one character and AI controls others in the party and special battle skills that the player can assign to different buttons. Besides the Star Ocean series, they also released Valkyrie Profile in 1999. Their 2010 release of Resonance of Fate, was taken to Sega publishing.

tri-Ace games have sold over 3.8 million copies worldwide as of September 2005.[1] The company's sound programmer Hiroya Hatsushiba formed tri-Crescendo in 1999 which has since developed several games independently of tri-Ace.

Japanese mobile company Nepro Japan acquired tri-Ace in February 2015.[2] Despite being acquired by a company focusing on mobile gaming, tri-Ace will continue developing video games for consoles.[3]

Games developed[edit]

Title Year Publisher(s) Platform(s) Region(s)
Star Ocean 1996 Enix SNES JP
Star Ocean: The Second Story 1998 PlayStation JP, NA, EU
Valkyrie Profile 1999 JP, NA
Star Ocean: Blue Sphere 2001 Game Boy Color JP
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time 2003 PlayStation 2 JP, NA, AUS, EU
Radiata Stories 2005 Square Enix JP, NA
Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria 2006 JP, NA, AUS, EU
Infinite Undiscovery 2008 Xbox 360 NA, AUS, EU, JP
Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume 2008 Nintendo DS JP, NA, EU, AUS
Star Ocean: The Last Hope 2009 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 JP, NA, AUS, EU
Resonance of Fate 2010 Sega
Final Fantasy XIII-2[4] 2011 Square Enix PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
Frontier Gate 2011 Konami PlayStation Portable JP
Beyond the Labyrinth 2012 Nintendo 3DS
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII[5] 2013 Square Enix PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows JP, NA, AUS, EU
Judas Code 2014 tri-Ace PlayStation Vita JP
Phantasy Star Nova 2014 Sega
Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky 2015 Spike Chunsoft PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita JP
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness 2016 Square Enix PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 JP, NA, EU


  1. ^ "tri-Ace Company Sales". Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  2. ^ Matulef, Jeffrey (February 20, 2015). "Star Ocean developer tri-Ace acquired by Japanese mobile company". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Don’t Worry, tri-Ace Will Keep Making Games For Consoles". Siliconera. 2015-03-09. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  4. ^ "Tri-Ace Helped Out With Final Fantasy XIII-2". Siliconera. 2011-12-18. Archived from the original on 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  5. ^ Spencer (2013-11-13). "NORA Won’t Return For Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII". Siliconera. Archived from the original on 2013-12-06. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 

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