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5pb. Inc. (株式会社5pb. Kabushiki gaisha 5pb., short for The Five powered & basics.), is a Japanese video game manufacturer and record label for video game and anime music. 5pb. was formed on April 6, 2005 after Chiyomaru Shikura left Scitron to begin the company as its executive director, a position he still holds. The company is divided into two parts, 5pb. Games for the manufacturing of video games, and 5pb. Records for the record label. 5pb. was a wholly owned subsidiary of the TYO Group until Shikura purchased the remaining rights from the TYO Group on April 15, 2009. Shikura co-owns 5pb. with AGOne, an affiliate of Dwango Japan. Staff members include scenario writer Naotaka Hayashi, artist Yukihiro Matsuo, and producer Tatsuya Matsuhara.
|Founded||April 6, 2005
Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
|Headquarters||Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan|
|Chiyomaru Shikura (Executive director)|
In April 2011, a group of companies consisting of Arkray, Seed Project, Dwango Creative School, Animelo Summer Life, 5pb. Records, and 5pb. Games merged under the parent company Mages. Inc. led by executive director Chiyomaru Shikura.
5pb. Games is the section of 5pb. which deals with the development and manufacturing of video games. The brand was originally named Five Games Kid, or 5gk. for short, but the name was changed in December 2007 to coincide with the name of 5pb.'s record label 5pb. Records. Some of 5pb. Games' developers arrived from KID, Tonkin House and Scitron, such as with Takeshi Abo in December 2006.
|Title||Developer(s)||Platform||Original release||Region(s) released|
|Chaos;Head||5pb., Nitroplus||Windows PC||April 2008||JP|
|Steins;Gate||5pb., Nitroplus||Windows PC||August 2010||JP, NA, EU|
|Memories Off: Yubikiri no Kioku||5pb.||Windows PC||June 2011||TW|
|Steins;Gate Hen'ikuukan no Octet||5pb., M2, WamSoft||Windows PC||October 2011||JP|
|Infinite Stratos: Versus Colors||5pb.||Windows PC||December 2014||JP|
|Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds||5pb., Mages.||Windows PC||March 2015||JP, NA, EU|
|Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness||5pb.||Windows PC||May 28, 2015||JP, NA, EU|
|Chaos;Child||5pb.||Windows PC||April 2016||JP|
- "5pb. company information" (in Japanese). 5pb. Archived from the original on 9 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-16.
- 弊社株式の異動（譲渡）に関するお知らせ [Concerning Our Company Stock Change (Transfer) Notification] (in Japanese). 5pb. 2009-04-15. Retrieved 2009-08-23.
- "Outline - Corporate" (in Japanese). Dwango. Retrieved February 1, 2011.
- "Visual Novel Publisher 5pb Becomes Mages, 5pb Director Is Head Of The Company". Siliconera. April 21, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
- "Chaos;Child PlayStation versions and anime confirmed". Gematsu. March 28, 2015. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
- "Steins;Gate 0 announced". Gematsu. March 28, 2015. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
- "First Screens Of New Game! The Challenge Stage! Show Aoba, Hifumi, Kou, And Shizuku". Siliconera. July 20, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
- "5pb. announces Anonymous;Code". Gematsu. March 28, 2015. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
- "Occultic;Nine game announced". Gematsu. March 28, 2015. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
- "5pb. announces Plastic Memories game". Gematsu. April 19, 2016. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
- Official website (in Japanese)