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tri-Ace, Inc.
Subsidiary of Nepro Japan
IndustryVideo game industry
FoundedMarch 1995
Key people
Yoshiharu Gotanda (President)
Masaki Norimoto (designer)
Motoi Sakuraba (composer)
Joe Asanuma (former President)
ProductsStar Ocean series (1996–present)
Valkyrie Profile series (1999–2009)
OwnerIndependent (1995–2015)
Nepro Japan (2015–)
Number of employees
ParentNepro 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 company 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]

Year Title Publisher(s) Platform(s)
1996 Star Ocean Enix SNES
1998 Star Ocean: The Second Story PlayStation
1999 Valkyrie Profile
2001 Star Ocean: Blue Sphere Game Boy Color
2003 Star Ocean: Till the End of Time PlayStation 2
2004 Star Ocean: Till the End of Time Director's Cut Square Enix
2005 Radiata Stories
2006 Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria
2008 Infinite Undiscovery Xbox 360
2008 Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume Nintendo DS
2009 Star Ocean: The Last Hope Xbox 360
2010 Resonance of Fate Sega Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
2010 Star Ocean: The Last Hope International Square Enix PlayStation 3
2011 Final Fantasy XIII-2[4] PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2011 Frontier Gate Konami PlayStation Portable
2012 Beyond the Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS
2013 Frontier Gate Boost+ PlayStation Portable
2013 Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII[5] Square Enix PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2014 Silent Scope: Bone-Eater Konami Arcade
2014 Judas Code tri-Ace PlayStation Vita
2014 Phantasy Star Nova Sega
2015 Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky Spike Chunsoft PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
2016 Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness Square Enix PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
2016 Heaven × Inferno NTT Docomo iOS, Android
2016 Star Ocean: Anamnesis Square Enix
2017 Star Ocean: The Last Hope - 4K & Full HD Remaster Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4
2018 Resonance of Fate 4K / HD Edition tri-Ace


  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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