|Kabushiki gaisha Reberu Faibu Konseputo|
|Founded||December 1, 2010|
|Keiji Inafune (CCO)|
|Products||Mighty No. 9|
Number of employees
|15 (as of June 2017)|
Their projects include Soul Sacrifice, Mighty No. 9, ReCore and Red Ash: The Indelible Legend. In addition to games on handheld and home consoles, the studio has developed multiple mobile games. In 2017, Level-5 acquired Comcept to become a subsidiary of theirs, adopting the name Level-5 Comcept.
Keiji Inafune founded Comcept after his departure from Capcom in December 2010. After the cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3, which he mentioned as a "long-time held dream", he thought that "not only had he abandoned himself, but the fans too".
The name "Comcept" is a combination of the words concept, and com, referring to the abbreviation of computer. The studio is largely composed of veteran staff who worked on Mega Man, but also young staff who grew up with the franchise. Comcept is a design and production studio which pairs up with other studios to develop games. Often this includes working on multiple games at once, and doing a variety of genres instead of being narrowly focused.
Comcept's first game was the free to play smartphone title, The Island of Dr. Momo. The game had micro-transactions, and was released through the GREE platform. They also developed another mobile game, J.J. Rockets.
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden ZEdit
In September 2012, the team's next project was revealed as a new Ninja Gaiden title, named Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z. The game is a collaboration between Comcept, Team Ninja, and American developer Spark Unlimited. When announcing the game, Inafune said: "“I’m very happy to stand here next to Mr. Hayashi today, and we’ll prove to you that we are going to survive and make good games that will lead the Japanese game industry."
Kaio: King of PiratesEdit
In 2012, Comcept and game developer Intercept (another company Inafune founded) began work on the game Kaio: King of Pirates. It was published by Marveolous Inc and set for a release on the 3DS console. Using a pirate setting, the plot was loosely based on the story Journey to the West. The game was cancelled in 2015 by its publisher and they reported a 461 million yen (roughly $3.8 million USD) loss on the project.
Mighty No. 9Edit
At PAX Prime 2013, Keiji Inafune held a special panel in order to reveal a brand new project called Mighty No. 9, a spiritual successor to the Mega Man series. At the end of the panel, Inafune officially launched the game's Kickstarter campaign. He thought that Kickstarter is a great way to make dreams a reality. The game was made with a partnership with developer Inti Creates. After several delays, the game was released in 2016. It was met with a mixed critical reception for its level of quality and gameplay.
Following the release of the game, Keiji Inafune stated: "You know, I want to word this in a way to explain some of the issues that come with trying to make a game of this size on multiple platforms." adding "I'm kind of loath to say this because it's going to sound like an excuse and I don't want to make any excuses. I own all the problems that came with this game and if you want to hurl insults at me, it's totally my fault. I'm the key creator. I will own that responsibility." His translator Ben Judd followed up these remarks by giving his assessment of the project: "In this case, it was do the base game and do all the ports all at the same time. And it ended up being a huge amount of work, more than they actually estimated. Definitely, when they looked at the project, they were wrong about a lot of things. They underestimated how much work, time and money was going to be necessary. All of those things create a huge amount of pressure." Later Judd added “But, again, we can hope that if things go well, there'll be sequels. Because I'll tell you what, I'm not getting my 2D side-scrolling fill. And at the end of the day, even if it's not perfect, it's better than nothing. At least, that's my opinion.”
Red Ash: The Indelible Legend[a] was announced as a spiritual successor to the Mega Man Legends series by Capcom. The game was to be funded via the crowd sourcing platform Kickstarter. The campaign ended with $519,999, well short of its $800,000 goal. It was later announced on July 30, 2015, that Chinese game company Fuze would finance the game.
The campaign for Red Ash was heavily criticized by game journalists and fans alike, describing it as rushed and poorly planned. Jason Schreier from Kotaku called it a "disaster", "misleading" and "sloppy", saying that the project lacked transparency, and saved special criticism for the announcement of the deal with Fuze for the game to be published, saying it is against the spirit of Kickstarter. He also commented on how this might have hurt the image of the company and its other project, Mighty No. 9. Jonathan Holmes of Destructoid called the campaign "desperate", and that Comcept should have waited for the release of Mighty No. 9 before releasing another one. Chris Carter, also writing for Destructoid, called the project "horribly mishandled", and noted the $4000 loss when the deal with Fuze was announced. Destructoid's Steven Hansen also didn't have positive remarks over their first prototype of the game.
A CGI short titled Red Ash: -Gearworld-, originally known as Red Ash: -Magicicada-, was funded by a separate Kickstarter campaign handled by Studio 4°C, that was released to coincide with the game. The short was released in March 2017 as part of the Young Animator Training Project's Anime Mirai 2017 project.
Comcept was acquired by Level-5 and renamed as Level-5 Comcept. The Tokyo location was closed and the Osaka location currently functions as a subsidiary of Level-5. Their first game was Dragons and Colonies, a mobile game launched in June 2019. It is set to close on February 17, 2020.
|2011||The Island of Dr. Momo||Android, iOS||Published via GREE|
|2011||JJ Rockets||Marvelous AQL||Android, iOS|||
|2012||Sweet Fuse: At Your Side||Idea Factory||PlayStation Portable|
|2013||Soul Sacrifice||Marvelous AQL, SIE Japan Studio||PlayStation Vita|
|Guild02 – Bugs vs. Tanks||Level-5||Nintendo 3DS|
|2014||Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z||Team Ninja, Spark Unlimited||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360|
|Soul Sacrifice Delta||Marvelous AQL, SCE Japan Studio||PlayStation Vita|
|2016||Mighty No. 9||Inti Creates||Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360, Xbox One||Kickstarter; Vita and 3DS versions never completed|
|ReCore||Armature Studio||Microsoft Windows, Xbox One|
|2019||Dragons & Colonies||Level-5, Inc.||Mobile phones|
|TBA||Red Ash: The Indelible Legend||HYDE, Inc.||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One||Kickstarter failed; further funding provided by Fuze Entertainment; release seems uncertain|
- The Japanese title of Red Ash: The Indelible Legend is RED ASH機鎧城カルカノンの魔女 (Reddo Asshu Kiganjō KaruKanon no Majo)
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