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Arc System Works Co., Ltd. (株式会社アークシステムワークス, Kabushiki gaisha Āku Shisutemu Wākusu) is a video game developer and publisher located in Yokohama. Founded by Minoru Kidooka in 1988, the company is known for arcade 2D fighting game franchises, including Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, as well as other licensed-based fighting games for Dragon Ball and Persona 4 Arena.

Arc System Works Co., Ltd.
Native name
株式会社アークシステムワークス
Kabushiki gaisha Āku Shisutemu Wākusu
Kabushiki gaisha
IndustryVideo game industry
PredecessorTechnōs Japan
FoundedMay 12, 1988[1]
Headquarters,
Key people
Products
RevenueIncrease ¥680 million
Number of employees
133 (2018)[3]
Websitearcsystemworks.com

HistoryEdit

Arc System Works was founded as Arc Co., Ltd in January 1988, and established as a company in May.[1] It consisted at the time of around eight developers; most of whom had previously worked at Sega including founder Minoru Kidooka.[4] The company spent its early years as a contract developer for Sega, Sammy and Banpresto. It was renamed Arc System Works in 1991 and published its first title in 1995 (Exector for the original PlayStation).[5]

On June 11, 2015, the company acquired all intellectual properties of Technōs Japan, such as Double Dragon and Kunio-Kun, from Million Co., Ltd.[6] Even prior to its acquisition of Million's library, Arc System Works had been the publisher of Technōs' video games for the Virtual Console in Japan.[7][8][9][10] Following the transaction, the company took the publishing duties from Aksys Games for Virtual Console releases in North America,[11][12] though some Technōs games were already published by Arc System Works there as well.[13]

On February 6, 2017, the company acquired the rights to the Jake Hunter, Theresia, Nazo no Jikenbo, and Koneko no Ie series from publisher WorkJam.[14]

On November 2, 2017, the company announced the establishment of a North American branch in Torrance, California known as Arc System Works America, Inc.[15]

Games developedEdit

Year Title Platform(s) Publisher
1988 Final Lap Family Computer Namco
Double Dragon Sega Master System Sega
Vigilante Sega Master System Sega
1989 Scramble Spirits Sega Master System Sega
Rolling Thunder Family Computer Namco
1990 Ghouls'n Ghosts Sega Master System Sega
Michael Jackson's Moonwalker Sega Master System Sega
Code Name: Viper Nintendo Entertainment System Capcom
Chiyonofuji no Ōichō Family Computer Face
Operation Wolf PC Engine NEC Avenue
Pengo Game Gear Sega
Super Monaco GP Game Gear, Sega Master System Sega
1991 Battle Commander: Hachibushu Shura no Heihou Super Famicom Banpresto
1992 Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger Family Computer Bandai
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Game Boy Angel
Cyber Spin Super NES Takara
Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II Game Gear, Sega Master System Sega
1993 Battletoads Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Game Gear Sega
Suzuka 8 Hours Super Nintendo Entertainment System Namco
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R Super Famicom Bandai
1994 Gaia Saver Super Famicom Banpresto
Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon S: Jougai Rantou!? Shuyaku Soudatsusen Super Famicom Angel
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Mega Drive Bandai
Sonic Drift Game Gear Sega
1995 Sonic Drift 2 Game Gear Sega
Virtual Open Tennis Sega Saturn
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story Super Famicom Angel
EXECTOR PlayStation
Wizard's Harmony PlayStation, Sega Saturn
1997 Wizard's Harmony 2 PlayStation, Sega Saturn
1998 Guilty Gear PlayStation Sammy Studios
1999 Prismaticallization Dreamcast, PlayStation
Tanaka Torahiko no Uru Toraryuu Shogi Dreamcast
2000 Guilty Gear X NAOMI, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, PC Sammy Studios
Grappler Baki: Baki Saikyo Retsuden PlayStation 2 Tomy
2001 Guilty Gear X Plus PlayStation 2 Sammy Studios
Digital Holmes PlayStation 2
2003 Guilty Gear X Ver.1.5 Atomiswave Sammy Studios
Guilty Gear X2 NAOMI, PlayStation 2 Sammy Studios
Guilty Gear X2#Reload NAOMI, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC, PSP Sammy Studios
2004 Guilty Gear Isuka Atomiswave, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC Sammy Studios
Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors Game Boy Advance Atari/Banpresto/Bandai
2005 Fist of the North Star Atomiswave, PlayStation 2 Sega
Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 Nintendo DS Atari/Banpresto/Bandai
Guilty Gear XX Slash NAOMI, PlayStation 2, PSP Sammy Studios/SEGA
2006 Guilty Gear XX Accent Core NAOMI, PlayStation 2, Wii Sammy Studios/Aksys Games (US)
2007 Guilty Gear 2: Overture Xbox 360, PC Arc System Works/Aksys Games/505 Games
Battle Fantasia Taito Type X2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC/Steam Arc System Works/Aksys Games/505 Games
Hoshigami Remix Nintendo DS ASNetworks/Aksys Games/505 Games
2008 Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Sammy Studios/Arc System Works (Wii)
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Taito Type X2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC/Steam, PlayStation Portable Arc System Works/Aksys Games/PQube and Zen United
Sengoku Basara X System 246 / System 256, PlayStation 2 Capcom
Super Dodgeball Brawlers Nintendo DS Arc System Works/Aksys Games
Tantei Jinguji Saburo DS Nintendo DS Arc System Works/WorkJam
Petit Copter Wii[16] Aqua System
Family Table Tennis Wii Aksys Games
2009 Family Glide Hockey Wii Aksys Games
Family Pirate Party Wii Aksys Games
Family Mini Golf Wii Aksys Games
Family Slot Car Racing Wii Aksys Games
Family Card Games Wii Aksys Games
Family Grand Tennis Wii Aksys Games
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Taito Type X2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Arc System Works/Aksys Games/Arc System Works UK
Animal Puzzle Adventure DSiWare
Okiraku Sugoroku Wii
Jazzy Billiards Nintendo DSi
Othello Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Wii, Wii U Arc System Works
2010 BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II Taito Type X2, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo 3DS Arc System Works/Aksys Games/Arc System Works UK
BlayzBloo: Super Melee Brawlers Battle Royale DSiWare Arc System Works
2011 Hard Corps: Uprising PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Konami
Nurarihyon no Mago: Hyakki Ryouran Taisen PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Konami
2012 BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Taito Type X2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita Arc System Works/Aksys Games
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R Arcade, PlayStation Vita, PC/Steam Sammy Studios/Arc System Works (Steam)
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, PC/Steam Arc System Works/Aksys Games/Arc System Works UK
Persona 4 Arena Taito Type X2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Atlus
Kyūkōsha no Shōjo Nintendo 3DS Arc System Works
Phi Brain: Kizuna no Puzzle PlayStation Portable Arc System Works
2013 Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Taito Type X2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Atlus/Sega
Xblaze Code: Embryo PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PC/Steam Arc System Works/Aksys Games/Funbox Media
Magical Beat PlayStation Vita
2014 Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- Sega RingEdge 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC/Steam Arc System Works/Aksys Games
BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend Taito Type X2 (as 2.0), PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita, PC/Steam Arc System Works/Aksys Games
Fantasy Hero: Unsigned Legacy PlayStation Vita
Downtown Nekketsu Koushinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundoukai All-Star Special PlayStation 3 Arc System Works
2015 Family Tennis SP Wii U Aksys Games
BlazBlue: Central Fiction Taito Type X2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC/Steam, Nintendo Switch Arc System Works/Aksys Games/PQube
Xblaze: Lost Memories PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita Arc System Works/Aksys Games
Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden Nintendo 3DS Bandai Namco Entertainment
Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- Sega RingEdge 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC/Steam Arc System Works/Aksys Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment (Sign)
2016 Chase: Cold Case Investigations - Distant Memories Nintendo 3DS[17] Arc System Works/Aksys Games
Inferno Climber Microsoft Windows/Steam/PC
One Piece: Great Pirate Colosseum Nintendo 3DS Bandai Namco Entertainment
2017 Double Dragon IV PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Steam, PC Arc System Works
Simple Mahjong Online Nintendo Switch Arc System Works
Happy Birthdays PlayStation 4, PC/Steam, Nintendo Switch Nippon Ichi Software
Jake Hunter Detective Story: Ghost of the Dusk Nintendo 3DS Arc System Works / Orange
2018 Dragon Ball FighterZ PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch Bandai Namco Entertainment
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Arcade Arc System Works
2019 River City Girls PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch Arc System Works, WayForward Technologies
2020 Granblue Fantasy Versus PlayStation 4 Cygames (JP)
XSEED Games (NA)
Guilty Gear TBA Koei Tecmo Games (JP)
Athlon Games (WW)

Games publishedEdit

Year Title Platform(s) Developers
2006 Castle of Shikigami III Arcade, Wii, Xbox 360 Alfa System, Barnhouse Effect
2007 Hooked! Real Motion Fishing Wii[18] SIMS
2009 Strikers 1945 Plus Portable PlayStation Portable Psikyo
2011 Arcana Heart 3 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Examu
2012 Chaos Code PlayStation 3 FK Digital
2014 Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!! Taito X2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Steam/PC Examu
Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita Toybox Inc.
Under Night In-Birth: Exe Late PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows/Steam/PC Ecole Software, French Bread
2016 Skullgirls: 2nd Encore
(Japan only)
PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Steam/PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Taito X2 Reverge Labs
2017 Arcana Heart 3: Love Max Six Stars!!!!! Taito X2, Steam/PC Examu
Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code Microsoft Windows/Steam Type-Moon, French-Bread, Ecole Software
Under Night In-Birth: Exe Late[st] Sega RingEdge 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Steam/PC Ecole Software, French Bread
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch Lizardcube
DJMax Respect PlayStation 4 Rocky Studio, Neowiz MUCA
2018 The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch White Owls Inc.
2019 Kill la Kill the Game: IF Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 A+ Games
2020 Under Night In-Birth: Exe Late[cl-r] PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Steam/PC Ecole Software, French Bread
TBA Arcana Heart 3: Love Max Six Stars Xtend!!!!! TBA Examu

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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