Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd. (Japanese: 株式会社スパイク・チュンソフト, Hepburn: Kabushikigaisha Supaiku Chunsofuto) is a Japanese video game development and localization company specializing in role-playing video game and visual novels. The company was founded in 1984 as Chunsoft Co., Ltd and merged with Spike in 2012. It is owned by Dwango.[3]

Spike Chunsoft
Native name
株式会社スパイク・チュンソフト
Kabushikigaisha Supaiku Chunsofuto
Formerly
Chunsoft (1984–2012)
Subsidiary
IndustryVideo game industry
FoundedApril 9, 1984 (1984-04-09)[1]
Headquarters,
Key people
Koichi Nakamura (Chairman and CEO)
Mitsutoshi Sakurai (President and CEO)
Products
Number of employees
200[2] (2016)
ParentDwango
SubsidiariesSpike Chunsoft. Inc
Websitespike-chunsoft.co.jp
The logo of Chunsoft before the Spike merger.

HistoryEdit

Chunsoft was founded by Koichi Nakamura, a video game designer and programmer who had worked with Enix. The "Chun" in the company name is from the first kanji Naka () of the company founder name; Naka is read as "Chun" in Japanese Mahjong. In 2005, it was bought by Dwango and became a subsidiary of the company. In 2012, Chunsoft merged with its sister company Spike and the new company would be called Spike Chunsoft. [4] Spike Chunsoft is the creator of the Mystery Dungeon series, the first five installments of the Dragon Quest series of role-playing video games, and the graphic adventure game series Danganronpa and Zero Escape.[citation needed]

In 2017, Spike Chunsoft established a North American subsidiary based in Long Beach, California to carry out localization and publishing of its own games, in addition to games by its sister company 5pb./Mages under a newly formed partnership.[5] Their first game under the Mages partnership was the Microsoft Windows version of Steins;Gate, taking over publishing of the game from Mages in 2018;[6] they have since continued publishing further games in the Science Adventure series, including Steins;Gate 0[7] and Chaos;Child.[8]

TitlesEdit

Developed gamesEdit

Developed as ChunsoftEdit

Developed as Spike ChunsoftEdit

Published games in JapanEdit

Published western third-party games in JapanEdit

Published internationally by Spike Chunsoft, Inc.Edit

This table lists video games published internationally by Spike Chunsoft's American subsidiary Spike Chunsoft, Inc. since its foundation on December 1, 2017. Outside of titles from Spike Chunsoft in Japan, the company publishes titles from Mages (which was also part of Spike Chunsoft's parent company Dwango until July 2019) and from other companies.

Title Platform(s) Release date Ref.
Steins;Gate Win May 1, 2018 [6]
Steins;Gate 0 Win May 8, 2018 [7]
PixelJunk Monsters 2 Win, Switch, PS4 May 25, 2018 [20]
428: Shibuya Scramble Win, PS4 September 4, 2018 [21]
Chaos;Child Win January 22, 2019 [8]
8-bit ADV Steins;Gate Switch February 19, 2019 [22]
Steins;Gate Elite Win, Switch, PS4 February 19, 2019 [22]
Steins;Gate: Linear Bounded Phenogram Win, PS4 February 19, 2019 [22]
Zanki Zero: Last Beginning Win, PS4 April 9, 2019 [23]
Crystar Win, PS4 August 27, 2019 [24]
AI: The Somnium Files Win, Switch, PS4 September 17, 2019 [25]
YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World Win, Switch, PS4 October 1, 2019 [26]
Conception Plus: Maidens of the Twelve Stars Win, PS4 November 5, 2019 [27]
Robotics;Notes Elite Win, Switch, PS4 2020 [28]
Robotics;Notes DaSH TBA TBA [28]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ 株式会社スパイク・チュンソフトの公式サト (in Japanese). spike-chunsoft.co.jp. Archived from the original on August 23, 2016. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  3. ^ "株式会社ドワンゴ". Archived from the original on 2014-03-10.
  4. ^ 志田英邦『ゲーム・マエストロ VOL.2 プロデューサー/ディレクター編(2)』毎日コミュニケーションズ、2000年、p.16。中村光一インタビュー。
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-12-04. Retrieved 2017-12-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ a b "『シュタインズ・ゲート ゼロ』Steam版が5月9日より販売開始". Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain. April 25, 2018. Archived from the original on April 25, 2018. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Romano, Sal (March 23, 2018). "Steins;Gate 0 coming to PC via Steam on May 8". Gematsu. Archived from the original on March 24, 2018. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Romano, Sal (2019-01-15). "Chaos;Child for PC coming west on January 22". Gematsu. Archived from the original on 2019-01-15. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  9. ^ "Kenka Bancho 6 Ready To Brawl In January 2015". November 9, 2014. Archived from the original on November 10, 2014.
  10. ^ 『ポケモン超不思議のダンジョン』公式サイト (in Japanese). Pokemon.co.jp. Archived from the original on May 21, 2015. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  11. ^ "Spike Chunsoft and tri-Ace's RPG Has A Bunch Of Valkyrie Profile-Like Features". July 28, 2015. Archived from the original on July 28, 2015.
  12. ^ "One Piece: Burning Blood announced for PS4, PS Vita - Gematsu". September 15, 2015. Archived from the original on September 15, 2015.
  13. ^ "Aksys Games Announces 3rd Game in Zero Escape Series". Archived from the original on 2015-08-06.
  14. ^ "A new Fire Pro Wrestling game is coming to PS4, Steam". Archived from the original on 2017-08-03.
  15. ^ "New Danganronpa V3 launches January 2017 in Japan - Gematsu". September 13, 2016. Archived from the original on September 16, 2016.
  16. ^ "ONE PIECE GRAND CRUISE VR". BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  17. ^ Romano, Sal (April 18, 2018). "DeNA and Spike Chunsoft Mystery Dungeon team announce roguelike RPG Seikimatsu Days: Our Era's End for smartphones". Gematsu. Retrieved March 1, 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  18. ^ Williams, Mike (April 25, 2017). "Danganronpa Team Announces Zanki Zero for PS4 and Vita". Archived from the original on April 26, 2017.
  19. ^ Shigeta, Yuichi (July 6, 2018). "打越鋼太郎が手掛ける本格推理ADV『AI:ソムニウム ファイル』がPS4/Switch/PC向けに発表!". IGN (in Japanese). Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  20. ^ Barnett, Brian (March 23, 2018). "PixelJunk Monsters 2 Coming in May to Switch, PS4, and Steam". IGN. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on March 23, 2018. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  21. ^ Romano, Sal (March 23, 2018). "428: Shibuya Scramble delayed to summer in the west". Gematsu. Archived from the original on March 24, 2018. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  22. ^ a b c Romano, Sal (March 23, 2018). "Steins;Gate Elite coming west for PS4, Switch, and PC in 2018". Gematsu. Archived from the original on March 23, 2018. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  23. ^ Romano, Sal (2019-02-13). "Zanki Zero: Last Beginning delayed to April 9 in North America". Gematsu. Archived from the original on 2019-02-13. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  24. ^ Romano, Sal (2019-03-22). "Crystar coming west for PS4, PC on August 27; interview with producer Fuyuki Hayashi". Gematsu. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  25. ^ Romano, Sal (2019-05-15). "AI: The Somnium Files delayed to September 17 in North America, September 19 in Japan". Gematsu. Archived from the original on 2019-05-15. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  26. ^ Lada, Jenni (2019-05-22). "YU-NO Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, And PC Versions Arrive In October 2019". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Archived from the original on 2019-05-22. Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  27. ^ Triezenberg, Peter (2019-10-11). "Digital Pre-Orders Now Open for Conception Plus: Maidens of the Twelve Stars". RPGFan. Archived from the original on 2019-10-13. Retrieved 2019-10-13.
  28. ^ a b Romano, Sal (2019-07-04). "Robotics;Notes Elite coming west for PS4, Switch, and PC in 2020, followed by Robotics;Notes DaSH". Gematsu. Archived from the original on 2019-07-04. Retrieved 2019-07-04.

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